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UAD Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959

Guitar Amp Emulation Plugin by Universal Audio
Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959

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UAD Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959 by Universal Audio / Softube is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
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The undisputed alpha dog of rock and roll guitar amps, the Marshall 1959 Super Lead amplifier is as legendary as the music it helped create. From Jimi Hendrix to Jimmy Page, Duane Allman to Eric Clapton, the Plexi's snarl, sustain, smoothness, and raunch defined the sound of rock.

Developed by Softube — and available exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo audio interfaces — the Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959 plug-in is an expert emulation of this 100-watt British classic.

Softube enlisted legendary AC/DC engineer Tony Platt to capture exquisite cabinet and microphone simulations using his tried-and-true mic recipes. Producers and guitarists can choose from 50 Platt-designed presets or craft their own tones with the plug-in's onboard mixer.

Key Features:

  • The world's only authentic and licensed plug-in emulation of the classic Marshall Plexi Super Lead amplifier.
  • Three different microphone combinations — FET, Valve, and Dynamic.
  • Onboard mixer features microphone level, pan, and global two-band EQ.
  • 50 presets designed by legendary AC/DC engineer Tony Platt.
  • Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide.

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Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review
UAD Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959

Reviewed By Faydit [all]
October 18th, 2022
Version reviewed: 2.5.52 on Windows

One of the very few really convincingly sounding Plexi plugins, which I know.

Most of them simply do not at all nail this unique tone, especially concerning the low end and even more treble and harmonics. The amp simulation itself is excellent, although my favorite Plexi plugin nevertheless is another one, one advantage of the Softube version is the simulation of all possible channel bridging variations.
The look with the defect Middle control and the sticker is not really my taste, to be honest, but also does not affect the sound.

What - unfortunately - affects the sound is the channel strip, which precisely means, the cabinet/speaker/microphones section. In principle also not bad, Softube relied on the experience of a Mr. Tony Platt, who - even if has produced some AC/DC and Foreigner albums - seems to have a really strange taste if it comes to microphoning a 412 Marshall cabinet.

My main complaint is, that you have to choose between dynamic, FET or tube microphones only but cannot combine them, at least a SM57 and an U87 are existing, but unfortunately no ribbon R121, which in my opinion is essential for capturing a Marshall 412 cabinet, a SM57 for me basic tone plus some additional R121 for some more bottom is for me more or less the industrial standard, so I do not really understand, why this combination is missing here.

The bigger 1960BHW cabinet in principle also is a good choice, the G12H30's do a good job, but they will not match everybody's taste, I think. Some people would have preferred some G12M's, others maybe some Blackbacks or even some EVM 12L's.

I personally mostly prefer deactivating the channel strip and use a separate IR section with some other speakers/cabinets instead, which works well or use only the SM57 alone plus maybe a little U87 room character.

Nevertheless and despite of Mr. Pratt's strange taste a really convincing Plexi SLP simulation. My favorite Softube Marshall amp plugin, while the 2203 (which also is a JCM, not a JMP in my opinion) and the Kerry King do not convince me so much, due to the much too scratchy treble, the Silver Jubilee at least sounds much better and more pleasing to me than my real one from 1987.

The 1959 sounds to me, like a 1959 should sound, but some deep edition would be appreciated, eg. being able to choose between different tubes, Mullards, RFT's. EI's, ... or also between some additional speaker options.

Despite of my complaints five stars, as I only know one or two other, comparably good and authentically sounding Plexi plugins.

Nevertheless a directly recorded real Plexi still is a completely different pair of shoes....

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