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Blue Cat's Free Amp is a free guitar amp simulation plug-in.
Using the same modeling technology behind the "Destructor" and "Axiom" software, Blue Cat's Free Amp offers 3 amp models for a wide range of guitar tones: the plug-in can produce pristine clean tones, subtle crunches or heavy distortion depending on the amp model and the settings dialed with the guitar-friendly tone controls. It includes two dozens of factory presets to get started, and additional free presets are available for download on the editor's website.
The plug-in is available as a free download on bluecataudio.com. It is 100% free and does not require any registration or dongle to run without any limitation.
It sounds okay, but never more than that - won't confuse it with an actual amp. You can achieve better clean, driven and lead sounds with other free amp VSTs: e.g. Amplitube Custom Shop, Cypress TT-15 and Crunck V2. The CPU load isn't great either, which means I wouldn't reach for it to do low-CPU live tracking before switching it out for something else (I prefer Cypress TT-15 or the Simulanalog Guitar Suite amps for that).Read Review
OK, it's free. Thanks BlueCat. While the clean sounds were 'nice', the overdrive sounds were akin to a chainsaw in a plastic box. They were very noisy and the hissing was unbearable. The mid range was boxy and artificial. It was almost as if no cabinet simulator was being used so that I added one which improved the sound quite a bit. Overall, I wasn't convinced. BlueCat make great stuff. But in this case, there are other freeware amp modules that actually do a better job.Read Review
I love these amps, they have great responsiveness and dynamics, and the gui's.
are simple to use. These are a great start to a home-brew effects chain, .
which can put the BlueCat free plugin collection to good use, providing.
an overview of the quality one might expect from the commercial offerings.
I have used these in win 7, as well as in linux, both as windows versions in wine/windows-Reaper, .
and wrapped by LinVst as linux-native vsts, used in the linux version of Reaper.
I have also used them in win 7 hosted in BlueCat Axiom, as handy sources to.
gainstage, when you become familiar with the capabilities.
I give this five stars, out of five, or 9.8 out of 10, if there more accuracy, .
only because I'm spoiled by certain preset loading systems, but I suspect.
the Free Amp is also a testbed for new capabilities that will appear.
soon in their commercial products.
If someone has Guitar Rig, or the z3ta+ 1.5 effects plugin, .
these amps will be great additions to the effects you have available, .