Here we have listed the top 5 guitar amp VSTs you should be using. Do you know how much buying a professional guitar would set you back? It would cost you hundreds of pounds at the very least. Adding in the cost of the professional equipment you would need in order to make your music sound just right, you’d be racking up way too high a number.
Even if you had a professional guitar, do you have the studio equipment with which to record a high-quality soundtrack? Do you know how to use it?
That’s where guitar amp VSTs (or virtual studio technology) come in.
VSTs are electronic simulations that allow you to swap the real instruments and the recording studio for a set up of hundreds of sounds and virtual instruments in their stead. A guitar amp VST in particular is one that does its job by producing the sounds of guitars and their systems. Not only are they a cheaper option, but they are also often more user friendly and much simpler to operate than studio equipment. Who wouldn’t want to make that trade?
This list will go over five of the best guitar amp VSTs you should be using. Oh, and did I mention? They’re all free!
Native Instruments’ Guitar Rig 6 Player
The Guitar Rig 6 Player by Native Instruments is, in our opinion, one of the best free guitar amp VSTs out there. It features 13 awesome effects and sound modifiers. This processor is perfect for when you need to get some rockin’ guitar going.
Amplitube 5 CS
The Amplitube 5 CS is another great choice. Including 400 gear models, this VST is a fantastic option for those looking for an option they can later expand upon. While this is the “lite” version, Amplitube does provide a reasonably priced upgrade package that is fully customisable.
Ignite Amps’ Emissary
Looking for something a little more metal? Emissary by Ignite Amps is the option to go with. With the option for ridiculous levels of distortion, this is the perfect VST for you. However, it also functions very well with clean and smooth tracks. This flexibility makes it a great choice for guitarists of any genre.
Audified’s ampLion Free
Uniquely coded to provide a feeling as close to a real amp as possible, ampLion Free can’t be beat for those seeking something a little bit more realistic. Downloaded alone or in a package, this software will have you sounding as polished as a professional in no time.
Shattered Glass Audio’s Ace
Ace is a fancified version of a 1950s tweed 5 watt tube amp. This old-school style VST will add an extremely unique twist to your sound. While it may not provide the classic sound you’re aiming for with some songs, it could definitely become your go-to in a funky scenario.
These five guitar amp VSTs will allow you to take your music creation one step further. If none of them are quite your style, do not fear. You can check back on our website for updates on more VSTs, plug-ins, and other software that will boost your music producing career to another level.