Looking for a 64-bit electric/distorted guitar VSTi with presets accessible in Max/MSP (preferably free!)

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42 posts since 14 Jun, 2013

Post Tue May 04, 2021 4:00 pm

I have a bit of a unique request. I'm looking for a VST instrument (not an effect) audio plug-in that can get me some juicy guitar sounds, especially with heavy distortion, but hopefully also lighter overdrive and reverb and delays and that sort of thing. Preferably 64-bit, but I could always JBridge if it was really worth it to do so.

I also need it to have as many presets as possible (I'm talking factory presets, not user-created). Here's the unusual part: I will be running this plug-in exclusively from the [vst~] object in Max/MSP, entirely programmatically, and I will never be using the UI. I will be relying on switching between presets by giving the [vst~] object messages in Max and it can be really hit-or-miss which plug-ins will respond to these messages.

In general plug-ins that are too complex (Guitar Rig for example) seem not to have their presets exposed enough to be accessible from Max. If the presets are hidden in separate banks, that's also a bad sign. So a simpler plug-in is actually better. Dexed and TAL-Noisemaker are 2 examples that work.

I think my best bet so far is https://www.applied-acoustics.com/post-rock/, but I can't be sure because you don't seem to be able to try it out before purchasing. So that would be another thing; some free suggestions would be ideal (hey, simpler is better after all) or at least something with a free trial I suppose, so I can make sure I'm not wasting my money before purchase.

Any help?

6275 posts since 28 Apr, 2013

Post Tue May 04, 2021 4:14 pm

You can demo Strum however. Which is where those effects also come from.


And you can also demo a select set of sounds from within that bank by downloading the most current free Swatches from them.


That may even be enough for you.

3221 posts since 2 Jul, 2005

Post Tue May 04, 2021 5:23 pm

I dunno if kontakt is useable in Max/Msp but the orange tree samples libraries are amazing and versatile. They have lots of built in presets which change the way the instrument responds and how it's processed. This uses "snapshots" which are like sub presets of the main instrument. If the snapshot angle doesn't work you could save each snapshot as a full preset and then put them into a kontakt bank which will allow for you to switch between them with simple program change messages. Also since the presets will all be using the same source samples, the ram usage shouldn't go up after like one preset or two ( once you have all the sampled articulations loaded up).
Don't F**K with Mr. Zero.

6275 posts since 28 Apr, 2013

Post Tue May 04, 2021 6:08 pm

Since the OP doesn't care for Guitar Rig, it's doubtful that the Kontakt environment would be any more appealing.


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42 posts since 14 Jun, 2013

Post Wed May 05, 2021 12:25 pm

Thanks for the responses. Yeah I tried Kontakt but I couldn't get it to work. I suppose I didn't try creating my own presets, but I'm skeptical it would be any better.

I have tried out Swatches and it does indeed work, so I'm hopeful it will with the Post Rock pack as well. I just wanted to see if there were any other options out there I should look into first.

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