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SoftAmp FM25

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SoftAmp FM25

SoftAmp FM25 Download
Latest Version: 
1.0.00
Last Update: 
20.03.2014

SoftAmp FM25 is a virtual-analog model of the Fender Frontman 25R combo amp. The Frontman is a versatile solid-state practice amplifier for electric guitar. It's equipped with 10" speaker, has 2 channels that share a 3-band equalizer, and a spring reverb. The current issue sports a classic "Blackface" look.

"Huh, a solid state Fender practice amp model. Now that is an interesting choice" - was the initial response from one of the beta testers. The reason for that choice is simple: Frontman 25R was the first guitar amp I've ever owned. To my best knowledge its digital model did not exist, so I decided to fill the gap. And after all, who needs yet another incarnation of say, JCM800? :)

This VST model is a tribute to the original design and faithfully models all its essential features. It is mainly intended for quick and simple recording of draft tracks as well as for some live jamming whenever you don't feel like setting up a more sophisticated amp simulator.

This one runs straight out of the box, looks exactly like a guitar amp and has everything you need to start playing - clean and distorted channels with speaker simulation and a reverb!

As usual, it's got all the conveniences associated with AXP plug-ins, like a stereo processing capability, high quality anti-aliasing oversampling and switchable speaker simulation.

All controls are carefully mapped to produce linear sound pressure level changes, i.e. they are linearized in dB scale.

In addition, there’s a special switch added late in the beta test cycle – the “AXP Mod”. It does two things:

  • Replaces all gain stages with vacuum triodes (each based on the SoftAmp 3OD algorithm)
  • Alters the tone stack’s middle control frequency response

Yes, you’ve read it right, with a flip of a switch a solid-state amp becomes a tube one and the real fun begins! You already knew I couldn’t stand the temptation to do something like this, right?

 

Some reviews:

Version History: 

1.0.00 - 20 Mar 2014 - Initial release

Comments

owlstudio:

How to get down there?

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what do you mean?

owlstudio:

Yeah I Got It! Thanks

sastopeit (not verified):

Thanks for all the sweet plugins - keep up the great work! :) Just sent a little appreciation via PayPal. I'll look into posting an article on http://www.delamar.de about one of your plugins, hoping to encourage more people to donate.

Cheers,
Felix

RexXx (not verified):

... and a donation from me. Thanks for your plugins!

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Hi Rex, 

that was very kind of you, thank you!

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Hi Felix,

thank you, I appreciate that!

sastopeit (not verified):

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Great job, thanks a lot!

Alex (not verified):

Just wanted to drop by and say I really appreciate all the work you put into these plugins. They sound great! I'll be sending a donation your way when I can. Rock on!

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Hi Alex,

Thanks a lot for your feedback :)

bosimon:

I really like your vsts, Is that free to download and use?
free?
if so thank you

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Hi Bosimon,

Sure, they are free. Just go ahead and use them!

You're welcome

Steven (not verified):

A real great gift for us . Let me first test it ....

FAT THANKS and my best wishes for you and all your projects !

Greets from switzerland

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Hi Steven,

thanks! I hope you'll like it.

Simon (not verified):

I don't know whether it sounds like a Frontman, but it sounds great with a strat—a little heavy on CPU, but some really, really nice and useable tones, both clean and dirty. Great job!

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Thanks Simon, glad to hear!

Cody (not verified):

love your amps man, and heres some food for thought...I usually use your amps for bass synths and synth leads, kicks, etc. but I lack a little oomph sometimes from 3OD. if all 3 triodes could be activated in series maybe itd remedy that. also if you were to make a vst with the charbooster character and saturation sections going into 3ODs triode, plate, and cathode setup finished with a bypassable cabinet along the lines of gt youd have pure gold man

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Hey Cody, I'm glad you like them and thanks for your feedback.
I suggest you to keep an eye on this year's KVRaudio.com Developer Challenge ;)

 

Cody (not verified):

cant wait man! id never need another tube amp again! sweet :P I forgot one thing from my prev. comment that I meant to mention, the three older plug's stereo modes switch back to mono whenever I (in FL studio) close its window and then pull it back up with the effect rack, is this a known bug?