The big news today as far as I’m concerned is the release of SoloC, a fairly anticipated PC freeware amp simulator vst fully modeling a Soldano. I have to say, it’s absolutely incredible. I’d pay this guy money if it weren’t free.
Now with a direct link to the plugin, thanks to LePou and KVR forums member A3ntar! I’ve updated the link per A3ntar’s request so that it will always point to the most recent version, as well.
Here’s his post on GuitarAmpModeling, you’ll have to register an account to download it but it is SO worth it, and here’s a very quick clip I recorded with it. Signal chain is an explorer with a high-output humbucker in the bridge, into a BBE Main Squeeze/Orange Squash compressor, into a BBE Freq Boost, into StompIO, into the SoloC Soldano plugin. In the DAW’s VST path, I’m using GTune (just a tuner), GGate (configured as a noise gate), the Soldano, and Aradaz OUR Cabinet Sim using one of the user-provided IRs that just happens to be a Soldano 4×12 cab.
Also, development continues on another very promising freebie amp sim from a different maker, Ken aka AcmeBarGig Effects, a multiple gain amp based on his novel approach to 12AX7 emulation which comes with some built-in effects, called Duel Gain – here’s the thread on GAM. The community is helping him locate and squash bugs now, but when he gets it up and running it’s going to be a very impressive modeler, with cab simulation built in as well as built-in stereo reverb and an adjustable noise gate. It already sounds good but as it’s still in the early stages it’s pretty far from bug free. But keep an eye on it, he’s a talented guy and I’m sure he’ll get it lined out soon.
The amp modeling community is one of the coolest software communites I’ve ever had the pleasure of being a part of. A bunch of crazy guys making excellent software for those of us with digital tastes!