Neural Amp Modeler Is A FREE Amp Modeler Plugin


Steven Atkinson released Neural Amp Modeler, a free amp profiler based on the Neural network emulator for guitar amplifiers, available in VST3 and AU plugin formats.

Guitarists have been eating well in recent years with the advances in tech from audio plugin developers. Amp plugins like TONEX, NeuralDSP’s entire line, and Metallurgy have been personal favorites.

How would you react if I told you that you could have something akin to TONEX or the Kemper amp profilers for the low, low cost of nothing? Probably pretty stoked, right?

Well, dear reader, prepare yourself to be stoked.

Neural Amp Modeler is a freeware amp profiler developed by Steve Atkinson and has been making quite a splash. Users can profile their own amps, stomp boxes, and any other gear they might see fit. You can also download a plethora of these profiles and models for your own productions.

At its core, it works similarly to the Kemper, Quad Cortex, and any other modeler using amp profiles compared to algorithmic processing. You get the benefit of superb response, which is often lacking in amp sims.

The community around NAM has built an impressive collection of models, which can be found in this handy repository on GitHub.

There very well could be some paid packs in the future, but in the meantime, you have options like the Peavey 5150, a smattering of ENGL amps, and a bunch of stuff you typically don’t see in most amp suites like Sovtek or Ceriatone.

NAM’s sound quality is absolutely killer, and the latest version brought a much-needed noise gate. There are some occasional issues with the included IR loader, but something like NadIR from STL Tones more than suffices.

System requirements for NAM are fairly light. You’ll need to run your host at 44.1 or 48KHz, and it needs to be a 64-bit host.

Supported operating systems are VST3 and AU, with potential support for VST and AAX coming in the future. There is no explicit mention of an Apple Silicon native version, so you’ll definitely have to try it yourself.

Download: Neuron Amp Modeler / Models


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    • same here. on’t know how to download models or IR from GitHub as well. I’m not a tech wizard, I’m a creative. glad to pay for brainwork neural dsp and other amp sim that, well, simply work :)

  1. I had a thought a long time ago, it just came back to me. Would it be possible to make IRs, or neural models, of the signal paths of some classic analog synths and old samplers to color the sound of, well anything really but I was thinking softsynths back then.
    Not talking oscillator and filters here, but whatever is after those. Converters, EQ, preamps, yada-yada, etc…
    Actually now that I think of it, even a ‘fully open’ lowpass filter would color the sound, depending on the tolerances.

    • That’s pretty much what NAM is doing. It can’t do compression, but it does saturation and static filtering (basically like an IR).

      There are some people who have started doing models of mic preamps as well as the saturation and frequency response of very colorful compressors etc. You can find them in the FB group if you want to give them a try.

  2. You say that the host can run at either 44.1 or at 48kHz. Various online chats seem to suggest that NAM will only work if the host is at 48.

    • I can confirm it also works at 44.1.
      Don’t focus on chats. Try it on your own machine. On mine I had zero issues.

      • So, presumably, you were loading IRs recorded at 44.1 kHz and not 48 kHz. If they were recorded at 48 kHz they would play back at a different pitch in a project set at 44.1 kHz.

        • No, they were recorded in 48K. Every DAW is capable of automatic resampling. That’s a quite ordinary task nowadays. I guess the plugin do it as well. To be honest, it is so trivial that I never ever wasted a millisecond thinking about the sampling rate the IR was recorded with. For instance, I use 96K reverb impulses in 48K sessions. No pitch shifting, no issue whatsoever. Same goes for NAM. Used 48K in a 44.1K session. Worked as expected🤷

      • It’s not worth it, maybe it could run in Discord to combine the useless abstract programming with one another.

  3. Okay, I came back here to leave an honest comment:
    I downloaded it, I scrolled through the library of already “sampled” (I know, they aren’t sampled, rather analyzed) amps, downloaded some high gain amps and replaced my used amp sims in a session with this gem.

    DAMN! This thing is AWESOME!

    I really believe this makes all amp sims obsolete. A real revolution, and I’m not sure if everyone understands what this thing stands for. This is a tool that can capture all existing amps, it is open source software, free for everyone to download and gets bigger and bigger with every single guitarist who contributes to the growing library. I see big names like Amplitube or Guitar Rig in big troubles.This is actually what those brands demand money for – and it is open source – and most importantly, it delivers a sound that reminds me INSTANTLY of a real amp! Of course, you need a good cabinet IR library (which I have. I highly recommend Redwirez. One investment that stays yours forever. IRs don’t have compatibility issues ;-)) If you are equipped with a nice cabinet collection I promise you will never ever need another amp plugin. It is that good.

  4. Hola que tal, lo he instalado en la carpeta vst 3, y se puede ejecutar, pero a la hora de buscar los preset la carpeta NAM profile no aparece.
    Alguien podría ayudarme?

  5. Good lord this is hard to use. IR’s wouldn’t load, don’t see where the captures are, bypass security to install. It probably sounds great if you can get to loading something, but please work on making it user friendly as well.

  6. I wasn’t expecting it be this good. I couldn’t work out IR thing so I just stuck guitar rig after it with cab emulation and it’s really great.

  7. Suena fatal y lo que he descargado sobresaturado y sonido muy sucio.
    Los clean suenan muy flojos y muy secos.

    No vale la pena

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