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

Tweed Indeed 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 clean tones to creamy smooth distortion. As with any UAD-2 plug-in you need either an Apollo interface or other UAD-2 hardware to run it. read more…

A review of the UAD Marshall JMP 2203 Plug-In

JMP for Joy 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 test drive. read more…

A review of Positive Grid Bias FX Professional modeling plug-in

Amps and Effects on the Grid 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 computer and your iPad, and is mostly the same on both. read more…

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Excellent (Brainworx - bx_megadual)

By Mousin, 26/05/2016
What configuration, software and musical style or context do you use with this amp simulation software?

Ableton Live 9.5, macbookpro retina 15

Is its anti-piracy protection excessive or burdening?
No, it's perfect as usual with Plugin Alliance products (no dongle, quick and easy, 3 licences)

Is it CPU intensive?
Doesn't seem so, at least not so much.

Is it easy to use? Are its parameters straightforward?
Instant for anyone after the kind of sounds it's intended for (rock/metal), but full of surprise for those (like me) using it in a less conventional context.

What are its possibilities in terms of effects and routing?
Much wider than I'd expected, which is what convinced me to write this review.

Are the clean, crunchy and distorted tones as well as any additional effects realistic?

Yes, and that's what impressed me instantly. Attracted by the Plugin Alliance's very interesting end-of-year bargains, I gave it a try as I'd heard good things about it. I wasn't especially convinced beforehand, just wanted to see how different it could be from what I already heard until then, as Brainworks has a great reputation.

I'm not a specialist of that sort of sounds, still I believe to have a certain idea of how the signal out of a real amp is supposed to sound. And on that very point, none of the other amp sims I own (waves gtr 3, Guitar Rig, plus many freewares) has managed to convince me - at best they do the trick and this is it.

Well, this is an instant killer! It sounds alive, I never would have believed it to be possible. The UI and numerous parameters are a real pleasure to play with, making it a real sound design and mixing tool way beyond a mere heavy sounding guitar amp. I experiment with it as with a real unit, with all sorts of sounds: voice, synth, drums... It manages to surprise, creates textures, brings life into the sound and it can be used with subtlety (which is what I'm particularly interested in) or the utmost violence (it's really successful at recreating that typical sound, but I'm not interested in it).

Is the sound quality of the available presets satisfactory?

They sound rather good to me, but they don't match the kind of use I'm after. So I won't develop much on that point. Well, what's sure is it's all about the one classic, heavy, bassy metal sound.

What are the pros and cons of this amp simulator?

The pros, well I've been on it since the very first line of this review. The cons, which is common to all Plugin Alliance plugins, is the lack of an internal preset management system (more or less of a problem depending on the DAW you use).

I rated its value for money as excellent, but please consider that I bought it on sale for $29.

Very nice (Silverspike - RubyTube [Freeware])

By RizZo RapZ, 09/06/2016
Ive been using this on fl studio for many years and recently my vista computer froze up and had to be reset...I'm very glad I was able to find this vst for windows 10...sometimes finding certain old apps can take some searching....I use this along with vocal magic pro, another nice freebie...ive never had a single issue with Ruby Tube, it will fatten up what ever you run through it whether its vocals, guitar or whatever.....this time I will put a copy on my google drive for backup purposes.

A new version that meets expectations (Peavey - ReValver 4)

By Eway, 27/10/2016
As a Revalver 3 & III.V user, I had long expected this update. When finally released, it was up to the expectations it had created.
I personally use Revalver with Protools 10 on OSX 10.8, as well as in standalone mode to create my own presets. I use it in a signal chain that starts with either an analog DI to a Metric Halo, or a tube preamp through an AES EBU output to the Metric Halo.

While getting used to it seems quite easy, installing is a bit fastidious. Associating it with a USB drive forces the user to keep his “dongle” with himif he wished to work on several machines, which is my case – I also own an MBP. This is really bothersome.
The fact that you have to be connected to the store for access to available content as well as the presence of ALL amp, pedal (etc) models are present in demo mode make the whole unnecessarily heavy. It would have been much better to do without the whole of it but hey, you quickly understand that it’s all about making us buy more. ;)

Soundwise, Revalver 4 is true to its predecessors and faithfully reproduces the sounds of the selected amps, with an especially noteworth 5150. However, I feel like the Rectifier sim has lost a bit in quality, but it’s likely I haven’t spent enough time to explore all models and their possibilities. As for the new speaker sim, it’s just perfect with numerous settings and a very sharp precision. The Pre and Post FX insert feature is very efficient, while the noise gate is not easy to set properly: it’s often difficult to find the best threshold. I haven’t even tried the ACT at all, I can’t see the interest of it. The biggest cons I could find to Revalver 4 is its clean sounds. I find they drastically lack dynamics, with a very flat sound no matter which amp is selected. Adding a JCM800 would have been great, I tried to modify the schematics to approach a JCM800 starting from a JCM900 but it seems plain impossible to get something really similar. EQs are to use moderately as they drastically change the sound. You’d tend to add too much mids or his and that’s the sort of things that can spoil a mix. Better be careful, then.

Regarding the presets, the new interface allows to vew, add or delete presets, they’re quickly within reach and when hovering over the preset you can see the config it involves – a very nice feature. The biggest reproach I could make it is that it’s impossible to import presets from the previous versions, which is very disappointing especially as the previous version’s speaker module is included. Another minor detail that gets on my nerves is the impossibility to organize the preset list according to one’s taste as user presets will always remain at the bottom of the list. While I use a 2560x1440 screen resolution, I can’t help feeling for those using lower resolutions. The included presets are a good start to make your own, bit beware of the in & out gain settings. While we’re about it, I often notice level differences between the standalone and Protools versions, making it necessary to readjust each time you get from one to the other.

All in all, It’s still a nice piece of software that has undergone a great evolution. Some points could be made better, but the expectations are met so it’s on the right way.

Pros :
- Interface
- Overdriven sounds
- Effects
- Speaker models

Cons :
- Clean sounds
- Presence of all modules in demo mode
- Not-so-user-friendly preset list management
- Noise gate and EQ are way too sensitive

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Overloud releases free TH3 3.2.0 update

Published on 06/10/16
Overloud has released version 3.2.0 of their TH3 guitar amp simulation software and plugin, which is a free upgrade for all TH3 registered owners.

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