Free guitar amp VST that works?

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  1. Timmy111

    Timmy111 Member

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    Hello good people of the gear page,
    A band member and I are planning a road trip through Europe. It goes without saying that we won't leave our guitars at home. I was wondering, now, if there is a way to leave the big tube amp behind, tho. I'm using ableton live 9 on my laptop and I recently saw a video about live 10 and its new pedal feature, which makes for a great sounding guitar recorded straight into the interface. Are there any free or cheap VSTs around that can give me a similar result? I really haven't looked into digital guitar processing thus far, so any recommendations as to where to start would be greatly appreciated.
    Also, if I have happened to overlook a threat on this topic on here, please direct me, as I haven't found one yet.
    Thanks in advance and have great weekend!
     
  2. ChrisVereb

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    What type of amp sounds do you want? I haven't used VSTs in a while, but the lepou stuff was always good on the free end of things. I think both amplitube and NI guitar rig both have free versions as well.

    If you are willing to spend a little money Scuffham Sgear gets really good reviews along with the Fortin stuff. Both have free trials.
     
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  3. MojoRisin

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    Obviously most software companies that are investing resources to make anything halfway decent aren't going to want to give it away for free, but I do know of a few notable exceptions. Perhaps there are others...

    IK Multimedia - Amplitube 4 Custom Shop (Free version has 4 amps to use)
    STL Tones - Emissary Plug-in bundle (Includes Emissary amp and NadIR impulse response loader)
    Black Rooster - Cypress TT-15 (supposedly a model of an Orange-esque amp)

    I found this webpage that lists a bunch more. I haven't tried most of them myself, so I can't vouch for them.

    https://bedroomproducersblog.com/20...best-free-guitar-amp-simulator-vstau-plugins/
     
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  4. Elric

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    If you have an iPhone or iPad you could use an app based rig too. That is pretty ideal for a travel practice setup.

    For plugins: I agree with @MojoRisin that it is probably worth a few bucks to get something decent with some variation. A lot of VSTs are not that expensive and provide a complete package.
     
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  6. oldhousescott

    oldhousescott Silver Supporting Member

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    Yep, the LePou amp sims with the Lancaster Pulse IR loader (which is based on the NadIR loader V1). All free and decent enough to get the job done.
     
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    Another vote for the lepou and nadir

    Good stuff
     
  8. primemover12

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    If you're using a macbook, Garage Band contains several amps and effects you can use.

    Other free VSTs:
    • LePou's LeXTaC is a solid Bogner emulation for free
    • LePou also had a decent Marshall emulation called the HyBrit
    • Nick Crow's 8505 is a free 5150 clone
    • Mercuriall offers a free Tube Screamer clone and a free chorus pedal
    • Ignite Amp's Emissary is a free metal amp VST
    You can also use many paid amp sims in demo mode with minor annoyances: Peavey's ReValver 4 just makes occasional annoying chirps if you haven't licensed it; Scuffham offers a 15 day free demo of S-Gear; and you can demo Helix Native for a while too.
     
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    Amplitube 4 offers everything you need in the free version.

    I've made at least a hundred gigs with it, using the standalone mode. Some tweaking required, specially the cabs, so spend some time with it before going live before an audience.
     
  10. Ozan

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    Tonelib GFX is the best free vst plugin i’ve used so far. Tons of amps, fx, delay-reverbs and ability to load 3rd party IRs makes it hard to beat amongst others.
     
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  11. Dave Merrill

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    Hadn't heard of this looks very cool, esp for free.

    What's the difference between the main, JAM, and ZOOM versions?
     
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  12. Ozan

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    Haven’t tried them yet but this one can operate without zoom hardware etc. And as far as i remember this might be used as standalone also.
     
  13. jcmmnx

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    If it's just for short term use download trial versions of the best plugins. I would start with Helix Native which comes with a 15 day free trail.
     
  14. fr8_trane

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    There are a ton of great free amp VST's

    Tonlib GFX
    https://tonelib.net/gfx-overview/

    Ignite amps (Emmissary amp, TPA-1 poweramp, cab IR's and Pedals)
    http://www.igniteamps.com/#software

    TSE Audio (X30 amp and pedals)
    https://www.tseaudio.com/software/tseX30

    Mercuriall (JCM800 preamp, cab IR's and pedals)
    https://mercuriall.com/cms/details_freestuff

    Black Rooster Cypress TT-15 (Orange Tiny terror)
    https://blackroosteraudio.com/en/products/cypress_tt-15

    BX_Rockrack player free
    https://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/products/bx_rockrack_v3_player.html

    Amplitube Free
    https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/amplitubecs/

    Bluecat FreeAmp
    https://www.bluecataudio.com/Products/Product_FreeAmp/

    Shattered Glass Ace (tweed fender)
    http://www.shatteredglassaudio.com/product/103

    LePou amps
    http://www.vst4free.com/index.php?dev=LePou

    Simulanalog Guitar suite (JCM 900 and fender twin)
    http://www.simulanalog.org/guitarsuite.htm

    Voxengo Boogex
    https://www.voxengo.com/product/boogex/
     
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  15. bugzapper

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    I clicked your sig--very interesting! Thanks! I have a lot of admiration for people who can make this kind of stuff.
     
  16. rd2rk

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    Can you expand on this? Link to video? Thanks!
     
  17. MojoRisin

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    Very cool. Somehow I missed the last part on my first read. That IR Workshop and the Rodent look very interesting to me. I’ll definitely be checking them out.
     
  18. aoporto

    aoporto Gold Supporting Member

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    Amazing stuff! Very interested in your RG-100 amp plugin, and IR Workshop: https://github.com/ValdemarOrn/SharpSoundPlugins/releases

    Love that it is written in C#. Even better that source code is on GitHub, which is great for anyone who wants to learn about coding custom VST plugins. Thank you!
     
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  19. Timmy111

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    I watched this a while ago, here's the link

     
  20. Timmy111

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    Wow, so much good input from you guys. Thanks a lot. I'll have to look into the stuff you suggested. Might take me a bit haha
     

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