Software simulators reviews

  • A review of the Universal Audio Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe plug-in
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    A review of the Universal Audio Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe… - Tweed Indeed

    06/16/16

    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…

  • A review of the UAD Marshall JMP 2203 Plug-In
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    A review of the UAD Marshall JMP 2203 Plug-In - JMP for Joy

    02/17/16

    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 …

  • A review of Positive Grid Bias FX Professional modeling plug-in
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    A review of Positive Grid Bias FX Professional modeling… - Amps and Effects on the Grid

    08/13/15

    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…

  • A review of the new plug-ins in Universal Audio UAD 8.1.1 software
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    A review of the new plug-ins in Universal Audio UAD 8.1… - Another Three from UAD

    05/14/15

    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.

  • Review of the Universal Audio Sound Machine Wood Works plug-in
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    Review of the Universal Audio Sound Machine Wood Works … - A Cure for DI Acoustic Guitar

    03/12/15

    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...

  • Guitar modeling and a new cabinet simulator highlight the latest release
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    Guitar modeling and a new cabinet simulator highlight t… - Peavey ReValver 4 Review

    11/30/14

    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.

  • Software amp-and-effects simulator for studio and stage
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    Software amp-and-effects simulator for studio and stage - Review of Audiffex AmpLion Pro 1.1

    07/12/14

    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?

  • Waves J37 Tape Review
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    Waves J37 Tape Review - A Wave of Saturation

    02/19/14

    As you probably have already noticed, tape saturation is really hip right now. Although already having plug-ins in the same genre, a leading publisher like Waves couldn't simply ignore the current frenzy for such products. And that's where the J37 Tape comes in. Can it stand out from the rest? That's what we are about to discover...

  • U-He Satin Review
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    U-He Satin Review - Night in White Satin

    12/07/13

    Ever since the advent of computer music, many plug-ins have promised us "a true analog sound." This marketing gimmick has been so widely and mischievously used that it has become tiresome... However, when the creator of the sublime virtual synth Diva addresses the issue, our curiosity is inevitably aroused!

  • Native Instruments Guitar Rig Pro 5 Review
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    Native Instruments Guitar Rig Pro 5 Review - Guitar Rig to the Power of 5

    12/18/11

    Within a few years, Guitar Rig has become a reference in the world of guitar amps and effects simulation. The fourth version, which saw the light of day about two years ago, already brought major sound quality improvements with itself thanks to the new –however limited— Control Room feature... Can the German manufacturer surprise us with this fift…