The Brainworx bx_greenscreamer Overdrive is an exacting plugin emulation of the classic Ibanez™ TS808® Tube Screamer®, one of the most popular overdrive pedals ever made. Although most closely connected with Stevie Ray Vaughan, guitarists from Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, to Steve Vai to John Mayer have made this classic pedal a key component of their tone.

So what made this pedal so special? Well, first take light-to-medium overdrive and add electronic field-effect (FET) bypass switching. Next, mix it with transistor buffers at both the input and output and bake it with an IC chip that produces symmetrical clipping of the input waveform. The result is the creation of a boutique pedal legend.

The Tube Screamer first appeared in 1979 in its original version -- now highly sought-after and collectible. While all other overdrives built prior to this model were built around transistors, this pedal was the first overdrive to use the JRC 4558D integrated circuit (IC) chip. It is the most important component to the pedal’s sound and is responsible for its distinctive, thick, vocal-like, mid-range tone.

The Brainworx bx_greenscreamer is a component level emulation of this classic pedal, capturing all the warm drive and tone and putting it right inside your DAW. In addition, the plugin version allows you to do some things you could never do with a pedal, like automate all parameters, process a stereo buss or run multiple instances. Download the full function 14-day demo (no dongle required!) today to add this classic overdrive to your plugin arsenal.

Legal Disclaimer: Ibanez, TS808 and Tube Screamer are registered trademarks of Ibanez Guitars, Inc. bx_greenscreamer was developed by Brainworx Music and Media GmbH based on its own modeling techniques. Ibanez Guitars has not endorsed nor sponsored the bx_greenscreamer in any manner, nor licensed any intellectual property for use in this product.


  • Faithful re-creation of one of the most popular overdrive pedals ever made
  • Classic tones from SRV to Metallica
  • Mono or Stereo operation
  • Subtle warming overdrive to more pushed tones
  • Plugin version has all the tone, but not all the noise of the original
  • Brings classic overdrive tone into your DAW
  • Plugin does things the pedal can’t, like automation and stereo buss processing

Audio Examples

Customer Reviews

  • ★★★★★
    Best drive...
    by Xeal
    Compared to other plug-in pedals of this kind, bx_overdrives sounded in my ears authentic creamy. It fits into the mix very quickly without any additional actions. In addition, there are the… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    Green filter
    by Alex Hepting
    This is one of my favorite pedal plugins. It just delivers warm tone for the price of taking out digital harshness. Calling it 'screamer' is a little ironic. The sound is however very familiar with a… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    This is not free but you'll know why...
    by Faland
    ...as soon as you listen his sound, how it drives the amp after it.
    Creamy, fat, in one word perfect. I have many TS emus, almost all of them are free and good, but it is of another league. I… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    The Screamer lives
    by TracksMix
    What else can be said except this DELIVERS exactly what it promises.


Supported Plugin Formats
AAX DSP, AAX Native, AU, AAX AudioSuite, VST2, VST3

Supported Operating Systems
Mac OS X 10.8 through 10.12
Windows 7 through 10
Pro Tools 10.3.10 or higher or any VST/VST3/AU-compatible host running on a supported operating system

Intel CPU only (minimum 2 GHz recommended)

Intel-compatible CPU with SSE2 instruction set (Pentium 4 compatible or higher; minimum 2 GHz recommended)

System Requirements
Display resolution: 1440 × 900px or 1280 × 960px or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM


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