Sounds good, but - in my opinion - not really like a real Plexi. Friedman amps have their own voice, but obviously Americans are not really capable of capturing the real "magic" of a Plexi very much in my opinion. Close maybe, but not the same. A lot of tweaking options, if you need them, but I certainly would not want to replace a real 1959 or 1987 with a BE-100, to be honest. Sounds too "American" to me.
I have a tube clone of the real thing. After trying this for a few minutes free, I bought it. Besides the excellent sound, I like how little DSP this amp uses so I can record tracks with a fantastic sound and add more effects later if needed.
This has become my go-to amp sim for guitars. It can do pretty much anything.
Great sounding amp!!
I haven't tried the original, so I can't compare, but I really like this one! Give it a go!
Amps for ever
by Cyrille Cassier
Plug and play, sounds real! What else???
by Bruno Zucchetti
Top as every product of PluginAlliance ! I use it by HDX Dsp and I've subscrived for Mega Bundle Yearly ,as a Top Recording Studio in a pocket ... i will buy everything waiting the right promotions ! Bruno Zucchetti Italy
How does this sound and feel so good?!?!?
by Daniele Panza
Friedman amps are the absolute best in the world IMHO, so I had super high expectations when I tried this out. These days, digital amp modelling has advanced so much that it's almost impossible to tell a real amp from a digital emulation in a mix, so the main thing that gives away an amp sim is the feel. I don't know how Brainworx did this, but if I had walked into a studio, got plugged in, and the producer had told me that I was hearing a mic-ed up BE-100 in the live room through the monitors, I wouldn't question it for a second. It's also great to have access to so many high quality Recording Chains, though if you hit option paralysis, just select Recording Chain 14 (2 SM57s on a Friedman 4x12 with 2 V30s and 2 GBs) and move on, as that's the simple, in your face rock 'n roll tone you're probably after! I also shot this demo with the plug-in, check it out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zq9QQpF0e0k
Most amp sims try to do everything and end up sounding good for nothing (in my opinion). This amp sim does one thing and does it well. It sounds like a Plexi. The controls are simple, like a real amp. It doesn't sound fizzy like so many other sims. Just a ton of really usable tones that are easy to dial in. This is the first amp sim plugin I've ever fallen in love with. Try the demo.
Last time I had this much fun with an amp sim was with UAD Marshall Jubilee, which also sounds great, but runs on an external thunderbolt interface (i.e. requires a specific expensive audio interface, an expensive computer, and rendering is slow). Very glad to have another high quality amp sim, especially one that is compatible with any standard computer / soundcard. Well done, and thanks a lot for this great work !
Already owning the Megasingle amp sim, I also tried out this one when it was first released. Just like the Megasingle, the BE-100's sonic flexibility and responsiveness to playing convinced me, so I just had to have it in my amp sim arsenal. It sounds simply amazing. It goes from Plexi to roaring high gain and everything inbetween with a realism that makes it impossible to distinguish from the real thing. And yes, I've been lucky enough to play a few Plexis over the past couple of decades, so it's no idle boast. I never played a Friedman, but what it adds on top of the vintage Plexi sound, sounds very natural and convincing, so I'm sure it's as close to a real BE-100 as it can get. It sounds like a real amp, and a good one at that, so I just had to have this. It also gets 4 stars out of 5, because it has some of the same shortcomings the other Brainworx amps possess, like the noise gate that could be improved to be more flexible, the fact that you can't store your presets and recall them when restarting the plugin or a second iteration of it, the absence of MIDI control and the fact it doesn't have a standalone version. And I'll never be fond of that lo fi delay, sorry. But at least I can leave it off. On the positive side, the GUI can be scaled, which is a big plus. All in all, another awesome sounding amp sim with a thoroughly convincing sound and tons of flexibility and a real response to playing dynamics. Just lovely.
Plugin Alliance response
Thanks, and ALL our amp plugins can be played in GIG PERFORMER from last week on in super-low latency, making a standalone version obsolete.