Gain Stage released six new Virtual Amps (Standalone|VST|AU)

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3 posts since 5 Apr, 2021

Post Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:09 am

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Gain Stage recently released six Virtual Amps (recreations of very famous high gain tube heads) based on modern Machine Learning / Neural Network approach with in my opinion very realistic tube sound.


The Virtual Amps are available as standalone and VST/AU plugins (one installer for Mac and Windows). The amps also have an Impulse Response Player for cabinet simulation and WAV recording capability in the stand-alone software.

In my option the sound is on par with all digital SW and HW amp simulations currently on the market (even better for my ears regarding HF digital artifacts, especially with head phones).

The Virtual Amps are free to test them out in demo mode (short interruption via dialog box after a couple of minutes).

More info and sound samples, under: (

If you like the sound of the Virtual Amps and send them a short audio clip (~1 min) performed with one amp models in DEMO MODE, useable as sound example/promotion they give you the amp license for free (until end of April).
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86 posts since 22 May, 2020

Post Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:19 am

I tried BOLZ in Studio One on win10 (VST3), and it's giving me crazy high CPU load. Unusable for me, unfrotunately. :(
Which DAWs were the plugins tested on?


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3 posts since 5 Apr, 2021

Post Sat Apr 10, 2021 12:07 pm

Sorry to hear that, what machine are you running the amp simulation on? We tested the virtual amp on several DAWs, Studio One, Reaper, Garage Band etc. Is the problem also present with the stand-alone application?

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