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The best paid tape emulation plug-ins - Top paid magnetic tape machine emulators
Oh, the sound of tape! That "something" that so many people miss in digital recordings. Although there are plug-ins that do just that...
Tweed Indeed - A review of the Universal Audio Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe plug-in
Universal Audio has released plug-ins for quite a few guitar amps in the last couple of years, but its new Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe is its first foray into the Fender amp world, and it’s a doozy. The plug-in, which is officially endorsed by Fender, recreates a mid-‘50s-era Deluxe model 5E3, a vaunted amp that could deliver everything from warm clea…
JMP for Joy - A review of the UAD Marshall JMP 2203 Plug-In
Universal Audio has an ongoing partnership with the software whizzes at Softube to develop plug-ins for its UAD platform. This collaboration has resulted in many different plug-ins, including models of several Marshall guitar amps. The latest is the Marshall JMP 2203 Plug-In, which was released recently along with UAD 8.5 software. We took it for …
3 Free Amp Simulators Face Off - Comparing Guitar Rig Player, AmpliTube Custom Shop and Pod Farm Free
Native Instruments Guitar Rig 5 Player, IK Multimedia AmpliTube Custom Shop and Line 6 Pod Farm 2.5 Free, are all free amp-modeling software suites offering both plug-in and standalone operation. Each comes with models of amps, cabinets, effects, and mics. While all are designed to entice you into the paid versions, we thought we’d compare the fre…
Amps and Effects on the Grid - A review of Positive Grid Bias FX Professional modeling plug-in
The competition in the amp-and-effects modeling market is fierce, and there is no shortage of excellent products. Positive Grid, which established itself on the iOS side with JamUp and JamUp Pro, and then moved into the Mac/PC world with Bias Desktop, now has released Bias FX, an amp and effects modeling application that has versions for both your…
Another Three from UAD - A review of the new plug-ins in Universal Audio UAD 8.1.1 software
Universal Audio just released a new version of its software for Apollo and other UAD-2 devices. The release is highlighted by three new plug-ins, including spot-on emulations of the Neve 88RS Channel Strip Collection, the Tube Tech CL-1B Compressor, and the Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959.
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Virtual Tone Tips for Guitarists - How to get killer sounds with your amp-modeling plug-in
The debate about real amps versus modeling amps is over. Numerous blind tests among players and engineers have revealed that it’s often impossible to distinguish modeled amps from the real thing, especially when slotted in with the rest of the tracks in a mix.
A Cure for DI Acoustic Guitar - Review of the Universal Audio Sound Machine Wood Works plug-in
When Universal Audio announced Sound Machine Wood Works at NAMM this year, I was intrigued by what was promised: A plug-in that can change a DI recorded acoustic so that it sounds like it was miked. Now that the plug-in has been released, does it live up to its billing...
Peavey ReValver 4 Review - Guitar modeling and a new cabinet simulator highlight the latest release
When Peavey’s ReValver software was first released, it stood out from its competitors because it allowed users to get inside the virtual circuitry and tweak the components. Several iterations later, ReValver 4 introduces some stunning features that again separate it from the pack.
Review of Audiffex AmpLion Pro 1.1 - Software amp-and-effects simulator for studio and stage
Amplion Pro 1.1 is the latest version of this amp-and-effects modeling software from Audiffex. Can it hold its own with stiff competition in the modeling software field?