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    The (free) VST Amp Sim thread

    Noticed some people asking about these and thought its own thread wouldn't be a bad idea.

    Poulin
    LePou Plugins
    SoloC = Soldano SLO
    Lextac = Bogner Ecstasy
    Lecto = Mesa Rectifier
    Hybrit = Marshall
    Le456 = Engl
    Legion = Original design
    [VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF2jrEEo1VY&NR=1]YouTube - ‪LECTO - king of free amp sims‬‏[/VIDEO]
    [VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x60G9C09UnE&feature=related]YouTube - ‪Free Amp Sim - SoloC‬‏[/VIDEO]
    [VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qP338YLSIe8&feature=related]YouTube - ‪Free Amp Sim Legion - Megadeth Riff‬‏[/VIDEO]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQmMr...eature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjXQsICSfKM

    TSE
    TSE
    X50 = Peavey 5150
    X30 = Engl e530
    BOD = Sansamp
    They also have a Very nice Tubescreamer

    [VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neoG2kGZAu0&feature=related]YouTube - ‪TSE X30 & Metal Foundry‬‏[/VIDEO]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u2f9...eature=related
    This is the best vid of the X50 I could find, this is NOT the current version of the plugin, the current version you can switch tubes 6550, kt88, 6l6, or el34 AND change the bias etc.


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    Acme Bar Gig
    AcmeBarGig - Affordable and Free Amp and Cab Modeling Suites & VST Effects
    I can't say I use these often, but I do have a bunch of VST's from them just in case i'd need them for something and they don't sound bad, I just prefer the TSE and Poulin stuff. You can download a whole bundle of Acmebargig VSTs here:
    Shred 1.0 :: Free VST Amp Suite | AcmeBarGig
    (Actually, this is the new one I don't have and am downloading now )
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvSa-...eature=related
    (Skip to 2:50 into vid to hear)

    Ignite Amps
    Guitar Amp Modeling • View forum - Ignite Amps
    These are all original amp designs (to my knowledge) I also like their Tubescreamer because of the extra controls, but I think the TSE sounds better (matter of apples and oranges).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgeHlWk1Bgk
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXFSU99yepY

    AuraPlug
    AuraPlug VST PlugIn Site
    Just found this company, they've got a bunch of freebies and their non-free products are very cheap, they've got one amp and a BUNCH of pedal clones, including a (free) whammy, and they also have a RAT (not free).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNZMHLWVz4o

    NDzeit
    Dirthead
    Allegedly a Mark III/IV amp sim...
    http://www.ndzeit.org/guitar/dirthead_0.61.zip
    ------------------------------
    Using amp sims in Reaper
    Make sure you are set to Asio driver or you will more than likely have very bad latency issues.


    I'm going to make this as easy and simple as I can.

    FX List (top to bottom)
    1)TSE 808 is the Tubescreamer, this is optional but I recommend it to tighten things up, I don't use much gain, actually the gain is usually on 0 or 1, but the level is almost full and the tone is tweaked to my liking.

    2) This is where the actual amp sim head goes, in this window i'm using the TSE X50.

    3)Impulse loader, I recommend the newest LePou loader, you can load many different impulses and A/B them to your liking. I often mix two different cabs with one cab at 80% volume, the other 20% volume.

    4 & 5) This is where I like to put my EQ and Compressor, these are optional of course

    6) Noise gate, I recommend this because these (as well as PODfarm etc) often create a lot of unwanted noise.


    Hearing your playing:
    See that red arrow I drew? Click that button right beside it (looks like a speaker to me). You will now be able to hear your own playing on that track. Click it a second time to only be able to hear yourself on that track while the track is armed for recording, and click a third time to turn it off. I highly recommend clicking it twice so you don't forget to turn it off when you record multiple guitar tracks.

    Once you've done this, you're all set. Just tweak your settings to your liking... there is a LOT of stuff to fool with and tone experiments are always fun.

    Heres another pic for good measure


    Here is a clip of some of these VST amps/Impulses:


    Not my best work to date, but the guitar tone sounds fairly decent.

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    Nick Crowe's 5150/6505 sim's are also very, very good and I actually like them more than Lecto, but its kind of like comparing apples to oranges.

    Nick Crow Lab

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mehtab View Post
    Nick Crowe's 5150/6505 sim's are also very, very good and I actually like them more than Lecto, but its kind of like comparing apples to oranges.

    Nick Crow Lab
    Was just about to post that.

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    After working with all sorts of 5150 variations, both real and simulated, I can easily say that TSE X50 is without a doubt the closest you'll get to the real deal. Not just in general sound but in the way the controls react as well.

    I have limited use with real Recto's, never used one on a recording personally but have worked with plenty of recordings done with them, and from what I can gather from their recorded tones LeCto is damn spiffy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattayus View Post
    After working with all sorts of 5150 variations, both real and simulated, I can easily say that TSE X50 is without a doubt the closest you'll get to the real deal. Not just in general sound but in the way the controls react as well.

    I have limited use with real Recto's, never used one on a recording personally but have worked with plenty of recordings done with them, and from what I can gather from their recorded tones LeCto is damn spiffy.
    Yeah the Lecto is fairly close to my Rectifier actually. I also was unaware the TSE X50 was out. I'll have to go DL that right now.

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