SimulAnalog Guitar Suite

SimulAnalog Guitar Suite

The SimulAnalog Guitar Suite is a bundle of FREE VST plugins that simulate some of the most commonly used guitar gear.

SimulAnalog Guitar Suite

Although this bundle is quite old, its amp and effect modeling properties are still up to par with today’s commercial software.

Unlike other guitar effects software that were built for commercial purposes, SimulAnalog was created as a result of an academic research project. The developer was studying the various numerical and DSP techniques being used in computer music, with focus on digital modeling of analog amplifiers and effects processors.

Having been created as a test bench for their research, the developers generously allowed it to be freely downloaded and used by musicians. However because it does not have commercial funding, the software comes “as is”, with a simplistic user interface and no technical support.

Looking past the rough interface, the developer assures that every component in the audio path of the gear has been modelled, except for the secondary effects of some active devices. It is said that the sounds produced by these plugins have less than -40dB of difference when compared with the the actual hardware. Since they don’t have any commercial interest, this means that there is no marketing hype or deception involved – just great sounding emulations.

List of Simulated Amps and Effects:

  • Fender Twin 1969 (Guitar amplifier)

  • Marshall JCM900 Dual Reverb (Guitar amplifier)

  • Boss DS-1 (Distortion stompbox)

  • Boss SD-1 (Super Overdrive stompbox)

  • Tube Screamer (Overdrive stompbox)

  • Oberheim PS-1 (Phaser stompbox)

  • Univox Univibe (Modulations stompbox)

SimulAnalog Guitar Suite is great free software for those that want to test the waters when it comes to amp modeling.

You can download this guitar suite at SimulAnalog

The main website also contains informative articles that describe the technology behind the plugins. These articles will be helpful for those that are conducting the same research or are interested in digital audio simulation.

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