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British Valve Custom (BVC)

Distortion / Overdrive / Amp Plugin by Studio Devil
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Studio Devil BVC (British Valve Custom)
British Valve Custom (BVC) by Studio Devil is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin and an Audio Units Plugin.
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Studio Devil BVC (British Valve Custom) is a guitar tube amplifier modeling plug-in that is designed to mimic the character of "British"-style vacuum tube heads. This virtual tube amplifier processor is based on authentic models of 12AX7A vacuum tube preamps and tube power stages. While primarily intended for guitar amp modeling and direct recording of both electric guitar and bass, Studio Devil BVC excels wherever natural tube overdrive and distortion is needed.

British Valve Custom features the basic controls of a guitar amp: GAIN, TONE, and DRIVE. It is based on the gain structure of popular British Valve (Tube) heads like those made by Marshall with some subtle modifications to give it slightly more gain. The dynamic response and tone is faithful to those from real vacuum tube amps and reacts to your playing style just like the real thing.

Features:

  • Accurate 12AX7A vacuum tube preamplifier stage emulation with DRIVE control.
  • Gain structure signal path that's true to those on vintage tube amp schematics.
  • Authentic Bass, Mids, Treble, and Presence TONE controls just like those on real tube amps.
  • Push-pull tube power amplifier model with DRIVE control.
  • FIR-based speaker/cabinet/mic modeling filter built in for a "miked-up" tone.
  • 4X Up-Sampling Engine with 64-bit Internal Floating-Point Precision.
  • 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, and 196kHz sampling rate support.

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Average user rating of 2.67 from 3 reviews
British Valve Custom (BVC)

Reviewed By smtlci [all]
November 11th, 2018
Version reviewed: 1.2 on Windows

I appreciate free stuff, but this falls well short of HyBrit by LePou, Mercuriall's Marshall preamps, or even Marshall emulation that comes with free edition of Guitar Rig. Isn't responsive, hard to clean up the sound and built in cab sim limits its versatility.

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British Valve Custom (BVC)

Reviewed By robogone [all]
November 8th, 2007
Version reviewed: BVC Free on Windows

This one is growing on me as I like what it does to the sound of my Tele. It's not too configurable, but it does a great job to sound like a tube amp. The appearance is good - not reminiscent of any other amps, but that is good, it has it's own look.

There aren't too many features, but you don't need them. The sounds is great and I for one don't feel the need to play with it too much, it sounds great out of the box. It's definitely got tube amp written all over it, and it just makes me want to rock out rather than do anything else. Having said that, it also has other uses, and I've used the out of phase sounds on my single coils with the gain turned down to get a really great sounding funk groove going.

There is a manual on the website, but I haven't had any contact with the company. It's stable and all you need to know is where your guitar lead plugs in.

As a free version of the full product this definitely gets a 10. I'm considering buying the full version which is a steal at $79.
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British Valve Custom (BVC)

Reviewed By markheath [all]
November 7th, 2007
Version reviewed: 1.1 on Windows

This is a great free tube amp modeller. It only models one amp, and doesn't have a huge amount of control, so it won't be useful for every project, but the sound quality is great for what it does (it certainly is up there as one of the best freeware amp modellers). Its based on a Marshall amp and gives some good heavy sounds. I wasn't able to get much I liked in the way of clean or crunch sounds though.

The gain and drive work together to control the amount of distortion, while the four other controls serve as a basic EQ.

I needed to put a noise gate before-hand to stop it amplifying the noise from my guitar, and you will probably want to add your own reverb / delays etc afterwards as it has no built in effects. Cabinet modelling is not necessary, as this has already been taken account of (apparently a 4x12 cabinet emulation is included).

It doesn't come with any presets, but there isn't too much to tweak so its easy to explore. It serves as a great advert for their commercial more fully featured amp modeller.
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