This Guitar Suite is so well done, in fact re-modeled in detail after the original gear, that it has to get a 10 for sound.
Quote SimulAnalog: Many commercial amp simulators claim state of the art modelling techniques inside the product and say things like "every component in the audio path of the original instrument has been accurately modelled". But sentences like this are more like advertising and are not supported by technical papers describing what really happens in the product. Besides, many of the processors have to run all the simulation algorithms on a low cost DSP to keep as low as possible the cost of the hardware. That's why the models they use should be as simple as possible, but... not so close to the real gears they want to emulate. But of course in the advertisement they have to claim incredible thecnological prodigies to stay competitive with the other products.
What about SimulAnalog Guitar Suite? It is a freeware and no profit set of plugin. Born as a test bench for SimulAnalog research, we saw that without any effort it could be distributed to musicians that may find it useful. That's why it is given as is, with no support and with a very rough user interface. But we can assure that "every component in the audio path of the original instrument has been modelled, except for the secondary effects of some active devices" and that "the response of each original device have been compared with the respective simulated response, obtaining less than -40dB of difference" without any particular commercial interest saying that.
Interface 10 ? There is none, just the sliders no fancy gui. Who needs that anyway, sure a cool gui is nice, but it is really not needed here. Documentation 10, its not needed.
Presets 5, they could have been included. But they are for download at the SimulAnalog web site.
All in all a very impressive work ! Sad, that people forget the REAL sound of those boxes and amps these days, otherwise they would not have given so bad points.
I am with sfz since the first beta release and a lot of things happend since then. Most of the features are hidden behind that super simple gui, not accessible right out of the box. You need to use midi controllers or an freeware editor to get your hands on the hidden power inside sfz.
The feature list is just too long to be listed here and beats every other sampler available today.
Yes, even sfz+, the commercially available version with sliders on the gui. Yet without the features of the free sfz. The sound quality is the the best you can get these days, sfz & sfz+ are the untouchable king and queen in this category.
The soundfont compability is excellent, every parameter of a sf2 is reproduced correctly.
There is no problem to take a huge Gigasampler file and convert it to sf2, then load it into sfz. It will stream perfectly from your hard disc.
Can you believe that this fantastic VSTi is free ? Yes, it really is !