Top 10 Free Guitar Amp Plugins
What is an Amp Simulator Plugin?
If you want to play guitar you need two(2) things.
One is obviously guitar itself and another is good guitar Amplifier. Now you may already have a guitar, but to purchase good guitar amplifier you need to invest good amount of money especially when you want good sounding amp. What if you don't have the money to invest in good guitar amp?
what can be the easy solution in this situation?
Let me tell you - In that situation, You can download free guitar amp plugins on your computer/laptop which will do the same thing that a real guitar amp does. An amp simulator plugin is a software program that runs inside a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).
The work of an amp simulator plugin is to imitate the sound of a real guitar amplifier.
Now the question arises - Can a piece of software program imitates the sound of a real guitar amplifier?
Well, let me be honest with you.
They can't sound exactly like an real amp, but they can get very close which is a good thing.
Thanks to modern technology to make it happen. The need to setup a microphone in front of guitar amp to record the sound are already gone. Nowadays, you can easily get awesome guitar tones by just downloading few good guitar amp plugins in your computer. You don't need to spend a single penny for it.
Here is the list of Top 10 free guitar amp plugins that you can download for free of cost.
1. Guitar Rig 6 player
This is a Newly launched version of guitar rig with updated user interface and lots of improvements over the previous guitar rig 5.
It offers you many gears even in free version without compromising on sound quality. And the good thing ? There is no limitation in the free version other than limited gears (which you can always extend by purchasing full verson of guitar rig 6 player).
Amplitube 5 CS
Amplitube is a complete amp suite plugin that offers everything such as - Guitar Amps, guitar pedals, microphones , speaker cabinet, Effect racks. It also has recording facility avaiable inside it.
It is one of the best amp simulator plugins.
I always use this. It is one of my favourites as well.
Its Free version comes with 41 pieces of gear including :-
(6 Guittar Amplifiers, 10 Stompbox Models, 7 Cabinets, 3 Speakers, 3 Microphones, 6 Rack Effects Units, 6 Rooms).
Emissary by Ignite Amps
It is a Badass guitar amp simulator plugin that can easily outrank paid plugins. Perfect for heavy metal tones. It has a dedicated clean channel with which you can get slightly overdriven tones as well. When i first tried it out, I was totally impressed by its tone because it sounds soo realistic.
Definitely worth trying.
4. Lepou Amp suite
It Comes with 6 high-quality guitar amp plugins. Hybrit is one of my favourite out of six. It has marshall amplifier kind of tone which sounds awesome. just remember one thing - you will have to download IR loader plugin seperately for it because these are just amp heads and it does not come with any speaker cabinet.
5. Blue cat audio guitar amps
It offers three amp models named Classic clean, Classic drive, Modern drive. It is a good option and the sound of these plugins is good as well. you can check out if you want.
6. Boogex by Voxengo
Another great option in our list is Boogex.
It Comes with Impulse response loader built into it along with preloaded IR files. Reverb and gate options are also available . User Interface can be customized though it doesn't have the best GUI, but the sound of this plugin is good.
7. Nalex guitar amp plugins
Nalex is new player in the market as compare to other options mentioned in this list.
It offers many guitar amp plugins. These are good sounding amp simulator plugins plus all of them have very attractive user interface as well. you can download these to test them out for yourself.
8. Crunck V2 by Nembrini
A very simple and basic guitar amp simulator plugin with all the basic knobs that you would generally find in any guitar amplifier.
It also has inbuilt cabinet so you don't need to install 3rd party IR loader plugins.
9. Tonelib GFX
Initally, it was offered free of cost. However, you can still download it from other sources. It is a complete guitar amp suite plugin just like amplitube and guitar rig which is awesome sounding.
Definitely Worth trying. you will love it.
10. TSE X50
It is a good amp sim for rock music and metal music. The only downside that i ever found in this plugin is that it is a cpu intensive and your pc/laptop may not be able to handle it especially when other plugins are running at the same time.
Contributed by Saurav, Founder of Vstnation you may also like