Today we take a look at three of the most intuitive guitar plugins available from Universal Audio on their UAD format. It has only been in recent years where software amp emulation has really taken giant steps in recreating tone and dynamics prevalent in tube and solid state amplifiers. Gaining all access required from Fender, Marshall and Gallien Krueger, Universal Audio have captured all of the features present on these amps to deliver their solid recording tone, each with their characteristic traits.
Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe plugin:
UA broke into the very heart of the Fender 1955 Tweed Deluxe exploring the iconic 5E3 circuit, exploring what made the magic of this timeless amplifier. After two years the team managed to re-produce the 55 Deluxe in plugin format completely endorsed by Fender themselves. The same drive, twang, crunch and glassy cleans can be achieved with a multitude of tonal shaping options. Choose from 3 “Hot Rod” speaker mods that were prevalent during this period – The stock 1955 Jensen P12R, the 25watt Celestion mod and finally the JBL D120F high-fi driver. All of these giving different characteristics and dynamics to play with.
Marshall Plexi Classic plugin:
Marshall’s 100 watt super lead plexi is a timeless amplifier from the British amp company. A super dynamic amplifier responding to gain and player volume just like the amp. The intuitive mic setup gives you three mics to play with close and far positioned to the amplifier. Use these mics to dial in your perfect recording tone with varied attack and ambience at your fingertips. The four inputs are mirrored on the plugin with brightness and DB cuts on board exactly like the original amp.
Gallien Krueger 800RB plugin:
The Gallien Krueger 800RB is an iconic bass amp with over 30 years of bass-playing history under its belt. The Brainworx team have painstakingly worked for months to create an intelligent representation of the amplifier in the heavily popular UAD format. Featuring GK’s legendary grunt and growl, the plugin even lets you Biamp the head giving you a further pallet of tonal bass features. Mic placement, EQ notch switches and cabinet choices add to the tonal sculpting process.