Gallien-Krueger 800RB★★★★★Wow! Amazing, wonderful sound, a very wide range of colors, you can make whatever you want on it. I wanted to buy it for a long time, but I was not convinced, and after all, someone already wrote in the review that the RB fits everything. That's true. When I used the RB 800 in my design, a smile immediately appeared on my face. This is a very good choice. Thanks a lot!
Swiss army bass sim★★★★★No joke. This can be used on anything. Any genre. Rock, metal, funk, jazz, Scandinavian Folk-electropop. I've even been running my synths and keyboards through it to tighten up the low end.
800RB★★★★★I do that combination of GK 800RB and 8x10"E for about 25 years road and studio proved. Still amazing!! The only plugin within the last 20 years that is matching them is the 8 RB of plugin alliance with all of its features. That´s simply it. It sounds like you are standing right there beside the stack but even closer ...great!!!! I´m a fan!!!! Worth every penny!!!!
Very Useful, but with some care★★★★☆I myself am the owner of a GK 200MB combo. Bought that years ago because I could even transport it by bike, but this combo turned out a blessing in disguise. So when I saw the digital version of one of its bigger brothers, I wanted to try that one. Well, I have.
First of all, it took me a while to find out the interaction between the controls and to find a suitable setup for the sound I like, but that said, there are so many possibilities that it is unlikely you cannot find your sound.
One thing you really must be careful with: When the power soak is active, especially combined with the high-boost, the 'smaller' 100W amp can clip quite easily and it clips as bad as a real silicon-based amplifier would (so that's good modeling, I guess). I had some very nasty clippings, while slapping and pulling, that did frighten me to damage the tweeters of my studio monitors (small ones). No harm done, but I advise to start with the volume low.
At the moment I combine this amplifier with the Ampeg B15N plugin. Using a cross-over filter, the B15N processes the low and low-mid while the 800RB processes the high-mid and high. This mainly because I like the 'growling' that the B15N can produce. But also on its own the 800RB can do a very nice job, so it will be a keeper in my toolbox.
Pro: Almost endless possibilities and little or no 'you just can't' limitations
Pro: The recording chains are very helpful
Con: 'Just' up till 96K sampling supported
Pro/Con: Also the clipping of the amplifiers is modeled, so careful with the tweeters and use limiters, at least while experimenting with it.
GK 800 rb★★★★★I had a GK 800 rb back in the day and this is an extremely close replication. I do a lot of home recording and micing up cabs is not ideal so a great sounding sim like this is so useful. It even sounds better than running direct out of my current combo amp.
Superb, Versatile Sound★★★★★This models strength is it's versatility, the built in biamping makes dialling a huge range of tones extremely easy. I also like how it sounds when you crank up the input gain, you can get some great drive out of it.
The built in IR's are excellent, if Brainworx started selling IR files on their own I would buy them.
Exceptional recreation of a truly important amp!★★★★★The sound is very much the real thing, and I love how the biamping works with the Brainworx IRs. I would say I hear more depth and realism here than with the other GK plugins I've tried.
There are bass amps out there that do tight and snappy well and others that do thick and muscular well, but GK amps have always been an excellent choice for bridging those tonal worlds. This is why the 800RB is perfectly at home in so many genres of music!
It'll do wonders on much more than bass guitar, but sitting and playing through this with my bass is what made me fall in love. If there's one thing I'm missing here, it's some GK cabs with 12" speakers. Maybe an idea for an update?
In love★★★★★It took me less than 2 minutes to fall in love with this plugin. Great tweaking options to make a bass cut through the mix.
WTF★★★★★the tone of this amp is just invincible ! by the way I just reamped some dance piano... holy sh*t !