The best guitar modelling software?

Flekador
@fl3k
3 years ago
42 posts

I would like to know if any of you are using any VST modelling to easily record electric guitars without having to set up an amplifier.

I have my eyes on BIAS FX, some say it is comparable to the Fractal thing but I have my doubts. I thing it is not expensive so maybe it worths the investment. Frankly, all the guitars I recorded using Amplitube and similar plugins sound harsh and far from the "real" thing. I currently use my Tech 21 Trademark 120 amp to record guitars but sometimes it is a lot of work to set, plug it up and dial a nice tone.

What about you? Have you experience with any of these software modelling amps? Any recommendation?


updated by @fl3k: 16 Oct 2016 22:39:09
Fusk8
@favio-montealegre
3 years ago
16 posts

I heard great comments about BIAS fx, you can even choose different output transformers to get great tone!! If you afford to spend a little more you should check out the two notes torpedo, is a combination of software and hardware, it has great reviews and some say is far better than the axe fx 2! plus it has amps and cabinet emulations.

Flekador
@fl3k
3 years ago
42 posts

Hi Favio,

Ok, the BIAS looks lilke a good option for home recording. I'm checking the two notes torpedo now. Looks great!

Thx for the info Favio.

Joseph Lopez
@josephlopez
3 years ago
9 posts

I'm not familiar with BIAS nor two notes torpedo but I have a few good VST amps for guitar, the Overload TH2, which has, in my opinion, lousy presets, but if you tweak it to your taste you can get a pretty decent sound for an electric guitar. In my opinion, no VST amp modelling will sound exactly like the real thing recorded from an amp (yet), but you can get really close. I can't say if it's the same for the BIAS and two notes torpedo software, I will check it out. Still, other plugins like Waves GTR have pretty good amp sounds too.

Flekador
@fl3k
3 years ago
42 posts

I think I'm getting the BIAS FX Desktop. It sound quite good, saves time and allows quiick and silent recording anywhere. For only 59$ I think it can be a good studio add-on. I do not use any modelling VST but I think it is worth it for what it costs.

I will check WAVES too, but I remember reading on the forums BIAS better.

dk
@dk
3 years ago
17 posts

I like Logic X built-in amp simulators and pedalboards.

Fusk8
@favio-montealegre
2 years ago
16 posts

I've never played along or mix using the Logic X amp simulators!! I dont know why i didn't check them out yet :P  they must sound pretty good!!!

DDaneskovic
@ddaneskovic
2 years ago
8 posts

Hi there, very interesting topic you are leading here. I never liked real amplifier for home practicing and working with computer. I use Guitar Rig 5 and I am very satisfied with that guitar amp simulator. It works really great with external music card connected to computer with usb like Behringer UCA 200 (I think that now days can be found new models). Guitar Rig has very easy settings and options for sound of lots of guitar idols. For example you can set up sound of your (it mustn't be very expensive) guitar like Ritchie Blackmore or Santana for example in only  few steps. I will upload one audio of my improvisation that I made in Guitar Rig 5 on backing track that I made in Garageband. I do not remember settings of virtual amplifier but guitar sounds really powerful.  

Flekador
@fl3k
2 years ago
42 posts

Yes, you are right @ddaneskovic, Guitar Rig is a great piece of software. I haven't used version 5 but Guitar Rig 3. It has lot of features and you can dial pretty good tones on it.

After a month using BIAS AMP, I have to say it sounds really cool, but these vst things still have a lot to improve. My Tech 21 trademark 120 amp (solid state) still sounds much better than any VST I tried. But as you said, It is very confortable to have a lot of patches and different tones available in your computer without having to set up your amplifier and dial different tones. After all, when you put it in the mix, sometimes the differences are hardly noticeable.

Flekador
@fl3k
2 years ago
42 posts

Updating this topic, I found some Free VSTs I think they should be worthy. I haven't tested all of them yet but they may be a good addition to any home studio:

- Guitar Rig Player 5 (free download):

https://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/guitar/guitar-rig-5-player/

- LePou AmpSuite (some free VST amps which are said to sound great):

https://lepouplugins.blogspot.com.es/

-LePou impulse loader (a nice complement to the VST amps above):

https://lepouplugins.blogspot.com.es/2012/08/lecab2-for-mac-vstau-32-64-bits.html

I will be updating this list as I get more nice free amp VSTs.

mikenova
@mikenova
2 years ago
14 posts

My favorites are Peavey Revalver4 , Amplitube 5. But I use external IR for different cab impulses.