Atomic Amps released the Tonocracy amp simulator as a free download for Windows and macOS.
I figured it was only a matter of time before NAM (Neural Amp Modeler) started appearing in other products. As such, I’m quite glad to see it in today’s freeware item.
Tonocracy was released last year and touted NAM captures as just one facet of its amp sim. Atomic Amps has decided to update the plugin to version 2.0 and make it free for everyone to use.
There is quite a bit of goodness packed into this release as well as you’ll discover.
Tonocracy’s main selling point is the SchemAccurate amp captures. These encompass a wide variety of amps, running from your edge of breakup all the way to heavy gain monsters.
They sound pleasing to my ears, but I didn’t reach for them too often while testing this release. I enjoyed the Orange Rockerverb captured, but it didn’t stack up to other models.
ToneSnaps are the unique name given to NAM captures for Tonocracy. These sound fantastic, which you could likely already imagine if you’re versed in the software. My personal favorites are the 6505, Fender Bassman, and Orange Micro Terror, which you can find on ToneHunt.
An amp wouldn’t be any good without speakers, and Tonocracy has you more than covered. This free release comes with some premium IRs meant to be used in conjunction with SchemAccurate or ToneSnap amps. You’ve got cabs from ML Sound, Amalgam Audio, and others that cover a wide variety of sounds.
The ML Sound Lab IRs were my favourite, but I could quickly import my own IRs with just a drag and drop on the interface.
I suppose there are users in our reader base who are curious about how this stacks up next to the recently released Genome by Two Notes Audio. I will say that I prefer Genome, in particular the way it handles captures for ProteusML, NAM, and AIDA-X.
At any rate, Tonocracy is a wonderful free tool that easily squares up against premium packages like TONEX from IK Multimedia and Melda Production’s GuitarArchitect.
Tonocracy is free to download; you will need an account with Atomic Amps to authorize the software. It is available for Windows and Mac computers, and the supported plugin formats are VST3, AAX, and AU.
Download: Tonocracy (FREE – Atomic Amps account needed)