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ethan_hanus
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So I thought I would make a thread covering the various tones that can be pulled from all these free VST amps on the web. I'll constantly be updating this thread....if it isn't closed first, but this is just a place to find links to good VST amps and to hear some clips of the amps being tested. If you would like to post a tone test of a particular VST amp then just post it and I'll update the main posts.

FYI: If you do give a Drop Box link or some non permanent link then please try to upload it to your UG profile or some permanent player so it does not end up at at error 404 over time. I will put dropbox links, but the sooner you can get a permanent link the better.

I'm working on making a ROS version of every amp sim so you can hear the true potential with a professional set up. Using the ROS DI's from UltimateMetal forms.

For my set up, I'm not using an interface, just a line in on the computer, and I'm using Reaper as my DAW and Ryan's impulses with Lecab. Guitar is a 2006 Squier Affinity with Barenuckle Painkiller in the bridge and Barenuckle Trilogy Suites in the middle and neck.

Poulin VST's: http://lepouplugins.blogspot.com/2010/02/lextac.html
AcmeBarGig VST's: http://www.acmebargig.com/
TSE VST's:http://www.kvraudio.com/news/13431.html
Nick Crow VST's: http://nickcrowlab.blogspot.com/

SignalAudio's God Cab Impulses: http://signalsaudio.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=8&Itemid=21

Poulin LexTac

First is prolly one of my favorite's, Mark showed it to me today, but it's Poulin's Lextac amp sim, found here: http://lepouplugins.blogspot.com/2010/02/lextac.html

ROS DI's using RED Channel: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play898659

Yellow Channel(almost like a plexi clean): http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play891335

Blue Channel(like a crunch channel): http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play891333

Blue Channel with Silverspike Ruby Tube preamp: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play996086

Blue Channel Plexi Setting with Silverspike Ruby Tube preamp: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play996087

Red Channel(High Gain): http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play891334

Red Channel with Silverspike Ruby Tube preamp: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play996084

Red Channel Plexi Setting with Silverspike Ruby Tube preamp: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play996085

Lextac Does Rock?: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play918475

Poulin Legion

bender: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/brender/

Green Channel Rhythm: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play891426

Green Channel Lead: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play891427

Red Channel Rhythm: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play891430

Red Channel Lead: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play891431

Poulin LeCTO(Mesa Dual Rectifier)

I believe this one just came out and is a replica of the famous Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier. It has to be the cleanest sounding, most smooth gain, and lowest noise VST amp I've used so far. Would do Mesa proud.

Heavy Mesa(God Cab) red Channel: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play1021069

Clip by Odirunn(modern channel with a tubescreamer and noise gate from Pod Farm.): http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/Odirunn/music/all/play963332

ROS Clip by Ignite: http://www.netmusicians.org/files/65-rosdi.mp3

ROS Clip by ethan_hanus(the clean guitars are the RAW channel): http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play924460

Vintage channel, Orange setting: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play924454

Vintage channel, Red setting: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play924456

Full mix, single tracked, Vintage Channel, Orange setting: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play931695

Modern Channel, Orange setting: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play924458

Modern Channel, Red setting: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play924459

Raw Channel, Orange setting: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play932987

Raw Channel, Red setting: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play932990

Raw Channel, Red setting, low gain: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play932991

Classic Rock Tone, Vintage channel, Orange setting: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play938817
Last edited by ethan_hanus at Jul 9, 2011,
ethan_hanus
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Poulin Le456(ENGL Powerball)

Heavy ENGL Powerball(God Cab) Channel B low gain:
http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play1021103

Channel A Clean: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play891421

Channel A Crunch: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play891422

Channel B Low Gain: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play891423

Channel B High Gain: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play891424

Poulin Hybrit FullStack

Plexi Channel low gain(used Eden 4x10 with SM-57 impulses): http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play948972

ROS DI's: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play898660

Crunch: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play891416

Saturated: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play891419

AcmeBarGig DickHead

Medium Gain: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play891435

High Gain: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play891436

AcmeBarGig Brian 2

Low Gain: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play891433

High Gain: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play891434

AcmeBarGig Gimmie Head

Low Gain: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play892172

Medium Gain: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play892173

AcmeBarGig Meat Head

Low Gain: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play892174

Medium Gain: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play892175

AcmeBarGig Metal C-15

Normal Gain: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play892176

AcmeBarGig Shread 1.06
(Marval) Interesting thing about this amp sim is it has 6 amp heads in one, a built in impulse cabinet that can adjust the mic to, multiple effects, amp mods, mixing of amps, etc.

Marval Lead Tone: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play892177

Nick Crow 8505(Peavey 6505)

ROS DI Track: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play898475

Has drums, oh well: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play883859

Full mix song using BKP Painkiller(song is Countdown by The Unexpected): http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play892184

Full mix song using BKP Trilogy Suite Single coils only(song is a Version of Countdown by The Unexpected): http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play892183

Nick Crow 8505 Does Rock?: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play918474

Nick Crow 7170(Peavey 5150)

Normal Gain: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play891704

ROS DI Clip done by yours truly: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play898474

TSEx30 Preamp( Engl e530)

Heavy ENGL E530(God Cab): http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play1021104

miguelito2729's Demo in full mix: http://soundcloud.com/mkm-sound/sept-preview-for-ug

Brendan(Amp in full mix): http://www.soundclick.com/brendanclace

Sovtek tubes: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play891336

TSE X-50

By SquierLolz: http://soundcloud.com/kevin-sneijers/enter-sandman-riffage

Studio Devils British Valve Custom

Normal Gain: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play892178
Last edited by ethan_hanus at Jul 15, 2011,
ethan_hanus
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Peavey Revalver

ROS clip from oneblackened: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/oneblackened/music/all/play898096
http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/oneblackened/music/play892002

Wagner Sharp Tube Guitar Preamp(Mesa)

I'm told that this preamp sounds like a Mesa of some sort, and a version of it should come with the Nick Crow downloads, this version is a separate download and has a nicer user interface.

ROS DI's: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play898666

Metal AMP Room (Engl Powerball, not free)

Demo from drawnacrol: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqMfwRI0f7k

Ruby Tube Clean Tube Preamp(Silverspike)

This is a rather cool little VST amp, not really an amp at all, acts more like a preamp that just gives the "tube" liveliness to your tracks. You can make the tubes break up by running it hard, or make the tubes have some nice harmonics by running it soft using the sharper function, the limiter just makes it distort more.

Acoustic guitar with some reverb: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ethan_hanus/music/all/play899757

Pod Farm X3 (not free)

Clip by xFilth: http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=9886211

Mix of Poulin Legion and Lextac

By bender: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/14691474/Down%20for%20life%20%40.mp3

Softube Vintage Amp Room

By SquierLolz: http://soundcloud.com/kevin-sneijers/rock-song-3
Last edited by ethan_hanus at Jul 15, 2011,
richyt93
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Good idea man
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#8
Quote by drawnacrol
Either you have incredible mixing skills or that is an incredible sim cause that sounds so realistic.


It's an amazing sim. I was shooting for as close to the original as I could get.
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I don't suppose any of these work on mac without using a wrapper of some sort?
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Quote by ethan_hanus
Sounds pretty good, everybody seems to be using this same reamp song alot.


There was a contest a while ago on a different forum with basically the whole song done, with separate tracks, and with dry guitars.
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#13
I can't seem to find the Poulin LexTac download link on that page, am I missing something?

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Quote by ethan_hanus
I think there might be some versions for mac, I know there's a Reaper version for mac, so there should be a VST version for mac.


Yeah, I know there's a version of Reaper for mac, but I think because the VST's are developed for PC I would need a wrapper to be able to use them with logic/any other mac based DAW. Ah well.

Also, Bare Knuckle pickups are awesome!
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ethan_hanus
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Quote by tronester
I can't seem to find the Poulin LexTac download link on that page, am I missing something?


In the blue box on the lower right side of the page with all the names in them, it's the second one, click it and it should just download right from there.
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Quote by Sonny_sam
Yeah, I know there's a version of Reaper for mac, but I think because the VST's are developed for PC I would need a wrapper to be able to use them with logic/any other mac based DAW. Ah well.

Also, Bare Knuckle pickups are awesome!


Those VST wrappers only work if the file is in a MAC native VST form, all these amp sims are ".dll" files which is a windows only file, you can't just run them through a programme and convert all the coding to Mac unfortunately. You can edit all the coding in a ".dll" file to make it native for Mac but you have to be a computer wizz to pull this off and it can take endless hours.

Also you can experiment with WINE which emulates a windows system, one guy took Nick Crowes/LePou/Acmebargig amp sims and created his own app like pod farm by editing them all together but he never shared it with anyone. I've dabbled with this but its confusing to say the least.

With the popularity of macs rising its only a matter of time before some of these free amps sims are released as audio unit components, until then we have to wait.
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#17
I also just started using lepou amps more, they are wonderful, especially the LexTac and the Legion. Much better than guitar rig, in my opinion.
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Any chance of this thread becoming sticky. There are a ton of great examples here and it would be ashame for this thread to become burried.
ethan_hanus
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Quote by stujomo
Any chance of this thread becoming sticky. There are a ton of great examples here and it would be ashame for this thread to become burried.


I don't know, I can talk to a mod about it, it might get put in the RR resource thread though.
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Quote by Kevin19
I also just started using lepou amps more, they are wonderful, especially the LexTac and the Legion. Much better than guitar rig, in my opinion.

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Quote by Brendan.Clace
www.soundclick.com/brendanclace

Rose of Sharyn Guitars done with TSE X30 amp sim


Wow... sounds really realistic.

I still prefer real micing though,
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http://dl.dropbox.com/u/11901104/ReValver%20HP%20Tone%20Test%202.wav

Rose of Sharyn test I've been messing with for a while. Guitars are double tracked (1 per side, 50% panning) except for the octave guitar which is 0% panned.

Not entirely satisfied with the boosted VK. It sounds too loose and overgained.
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You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
Last edited by oneblackened at Sep 20, 2010,
ethan_hanus
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Quote by oneblackened
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/11901104/ReValver%20HP%20Tone%20Test%202.wav

Rose of Sharyn test I've been messing with for a while. Guitars are double tracked (1 per side, 50% panning) except for the octave guitar which is 0% panned.

EDIT: The link doesn't work yet, give it a few.


Nice, hey, could you send me a link with that ROS DI file, I can't seem to find it on the net.

What Amp Sim did you use with this, so I know where to put it.
oneblackened
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Revalver (technically revalver HP, it's just only peavey amps).

And yeah, it's on my profile in the comments. I got it from MatrixClaw.
EDIT:
http://www.ultimatemetal.com/forum/rate-my-mix-tone-threads/569814-definitive-rose-sharyn-di-backing.html

EDIT: Shit, I just realized this is free only. Ah well, maybe have a paid-for section in post #2?
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Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
Last edited by oneblackened at Sep 20, 2010,
ethan_hanus
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Quote by oneblackened
Revalver (technically revalver HP, it's just only peavey amps).

And yeah, it's on my profile in the comments. I got it from MatrixClaw.
EDIT:
http://www.ultimatemetal.com/forum/rate-my-mix-tone-threads/569814-definitive-rose-sharyn-di-backing.html

EDIT: Shit, I just realized this is free only. Ah well, maybe have a paid-for section in post #2?


Sweet, thanks man for the link, I'm sick and tired of hearing the ROS clips from everybody else, but I kinda wanted it so I could change out the tone tests for something that sounds much better.

So...did you use the free version or the paid version? I don't think it matters too much other than the free version makes a static noise like every 30 seconds.
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It's the paid version but I used the free version for a while and it sounds identical. You just can't save new programs. You're stuck with the presets.
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Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
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Quote by ethan_hanus
it might get put in the RR resource thread though.

i used to be a mod, then i took an arrow in the knee.
oneblackened
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#29
Ethan, I just uploaded it to my UG account, here's the link.
http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/oneblackened/music/all/play898096

Also, the first version I did:
http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/oneblackened/music/play892002
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Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
Last edited by oneblackened at Sep 21, 2010,
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Quote by oneblackened
Ethan, I just uploaded it to my UG account, here's the link.
http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/oneblackened/music/all/play898096

Also, the first version I did:
http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/oneblackened/music/play892002


IMHO the first one sounds kinda muddy or just low quality or something. There's just something about it.

The 2nd one sounds just too distant almost. not sure how you could correct that as I don't use revalver.
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Quote by oneblackened
Ethan, I just uploaded it to my UG account, here's the link.
http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/oneblackened/music/all/play898096

Also, the first version I did:
http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/oneblackened/music/play892002


Thanks man, glad you uploaded it to your profile, it'll be a more permanate link now.

I just did a 7170 clip using the ROS DI's you gave me, it wont upload to UG Better try in the morning. But I did in fact nail the tone almost perfectly.
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Anyone knows if there are any good ENGL sims around?

Great thread
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Quote by Yooxa
Anyone knows if there are any good ENGL sims around?

Great thread

the TSE X30. I've got a clip in my profile called "Breakdown solo 2". But it can sound way better as I wasn't using a proper audio interface.

edit:
the TSE X30 is an Engl e530 sim.
ethan_hanus
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Quote by Ignite
the TSE X30. I've got a clip in my profile called "Breakdown solo 2". But it can sound way better as I wasn't using a proper audio interface.

edit:
the TSE X30 is an Engl e530 sim.



Is it really, I ought to add that to the front page, what the amp sims are actually sims of.
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Quote by Brendan.Clace
IMHO the first one sounds kinda muddy or just low quality or something. There's just something about it.

The 2nd one sounds just too distant almost. not sure how you could correct that as I don't use revalver.

I wasn't too satisfied with the first one, tbh. I'm gonna swap the boosted VK for a JSX setting, I think.
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Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
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#38
Quote by ethan_hanus
Do you have the amp sim....by chance?


It's quite expensive...

Unless you meant like for him to post somethign?
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Quote by ethan_hanus
Do you have the amp sim....by chance?


I downloaded the ten day demo off the site and made this video with it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqMfwRI0f7k

Its the best metal amp sim I've used (I'm running a Mac system so I haven't used lepou/acmebargig vsts yet). On thomann it costs 144 euro which is cheaper than I remember, think it cost 200+ last year. Very expensive for such a small application when you get amp heads just as good for free. The cab system is incredible though since you can position the mics on a virtual screen. I don't think it sold very much and they have stopped updating it.