Best Free VST Plugins – Guitar Amp Software / Emulation

Guitar Amp Software – A Rundown of Some of the Best Free VST Plugins For Guitar Amp Emulation

There is a seemingly bottomless pit of VST plugins for audio recording. And if I am not careful, I can get lost in them. In addition to the usual effects such as delay, reverb, compression, etc., there are a slew of VST plugins that exist solely for the purpose of emulating guitar amplifiers. And many of them offer a superb simulation that is nearly indistinguishable from the actual amplifier. So now a guitarist has the ability to use a variety of amplifiers during a recording session without ever plugging into an actual amp. Of course, this still seems a little strange to me. There will never be a replacement for an actual tube amplifier. But these VST simulators are very useable and can help you achieve a desirable tone for home recording. I must admit. I really do like the plugins with the fancy user interfaces. Here is a list of some of the best free VST plugins for amp emulation. I’m not going to review all of them. They are all free. So you can download the guitar amp software and determine the quality for yourself.

Image of Nick Crow 7170 Best Free VST Plugins Amp Simulation Plugin

7170/8505 by Nick Crow – Amp Sims: Peavey 5150/6505

Image of Voxengo Boogex Amp Emulation Plugin

Boogex by Voxengo – Amp emulation with comprehensive shape and control, includes cabinet and mic sims

Image of Dirthead Amp Emulation Plugin - Guitar Amp Software Page

Dirthead – 3-Channel Tube Amp Emulation

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SimulAnalog Guitar Suite by SimulAnalog – Amp Sims: Fender Twin 1969, Marshall JCM900 Dual Reverb
Stompbox Sims: Boss DS-1 Distortion, Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive, Tube Screamer Overdrive, Oberheim PS-1 Phaser, Univox Univibe

Image of LePlou LE456 Amp Emulation Plugin - Guitar Amp Software

LePou Plugins by Poulin Amplification – Amp Sims: LeCto (Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier), Le456 (Engl Powerball), LeGion (LePou Original), SoloC (Soldano SL100), HyBrit (British Hybrid Amp Emulation)
Demonstration of LePou VST Plugins

Image of Krankenstein Amp Emulation Plugin - Guitar Amp Software

Vadim Taranov Amp Simulation – Amp Sims: Mesa Boogie Mark III, Krankenstein Tube Preamp, Randal Solar
Demonstration of Mesa Boogie Mark III Simulator

Image of Brackenbury Tube Amp Emulation Plugin - Best Free VST Plugins Page - Guitar Amp Software

Brackenbury – Brackenbury-1 Tube Amplifier Emulation

Image of California Sun Combo Amp Emulation Plugin - Guitar Amp Software

California Sun by AuraPlug – Mesa-Style Combo Emulation

Image of Anvil Amp Emulation Plugin - Guitar Amp Software / Emulation

The Anvil by Ignite Amps – 3-Channel Tube Amp Emulation

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Guitar Amp 2 Free Edition – 2 virtual amps and effects for guitar and bass

With amp emulation, it is also necessary to run an additional VST plugin to load cabinet simulator impulses. Here are a couple options: LeCab2 by LePou, Voxengo Boogex.

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