Shattered Glass Audio has announced the release of Ace, a freeware virtual tube guitar amplifier in VST/AU plugin format for Windows and Mac based digital audio workstations.
Ace is a faithful digital emulation of a legendary 1950s, American, all tube, tweed, 5W amp. We have added to the model two of the most common amplifier mods: adjustment of the amount of feedback and addition of grid stopper resistors, both of which can be turned off for the original amp sound.
The plugin is an emulation of a Fender amplifier, with nice creamy clean tones suitable for use in indie rock, pop and similar music genres which don’t utilize high gain guitar tones. There are plenty of great sounding freeware guitar amplifiers out there (take a look at the list of my personal favorites), however most of them were created for use in rock and metal.
Ace offers a nice alternative to high gain guitar amp emulations and it’s also relatively quite easy on the CPU, which is definitely a nice bonus. The plugin features a built-in cabinet simulation and two different circuit models (one of which emulates additional grid stopper resistors). This is a must-try for guitar players on a budget!
Several users have reported that the plugin has compatibility issues with the ACE modular synthesizer by U-He. Since the two plugins share the same name, it’s impossible to have them both installed in the same folder. The developer of the Ace guitar amplifier has announced that the issue will be resolved soon, so this plugin will most probably be getting a new name in the next couple of days.
Check out the Ace demo video:
Ace is available for free download via Shattered Glass Audio (1.1 MB download size, EXE installer, 32-bit & 64-bit VST/AU plugin format for Windows & Mac).