Overview

While Fender and Marshall are the biggest brands in the guitar business, ENGL Amps have gained a reputation in the music scene for delivering the ultimate metal tones over the past decade or so. The ‘noted users’ website reads like an international who is who in rock and metal! (link below)
Unique and remarkable design and awesome signature sounds wrapped into snakeskin. 100 watts of four 6L6 power tubes trapped behind hand-soldered iron chains. Adjusted and dialed in for the modern metal guitar player.

This is the ENGL E646 - Victor Smolski Ltd, a true model of the Limited Edition ENGL head developed by the specialists at Brainworx.

Four channels of pure tube attack power deliver the widest modern range of tones you can expect from an amp.

The E646 plugin faithfully delivers all the fast attack, punchy rhythm, furious lead tones and the modern, sparkling clean sounds of the original amp. Through meticulous component modeling, that plugin version also captures the smooth, sonic transition of well-selected channel layouts including an adjustable Mid Boost switch in order to create modern rock tones from sustained shining clean to a vintage vibe crunch sound.

Dirk Ulrich (CEO of Brainworx), was a rock producer for 15 years before he entered the plugin business. Dirk has recorded with musicians of bands like Dream Theater, Toto, Michael Jackson Band and many more. He has produced 64 of those recording chains at the PMC-monitoring equipped www.brainworx-studio.de, capturing 3 different ENGL cabinets recorded with up to 9 different hi-end vintage and modern microphones through Brainworx’ NEVE VXS72 console (1 out of 9 consoles of this type which exist) and using outboard EQ from Millennia, SPL and elysia. The resulting tones, which would take tons of gear, time and expertise to achieve, can be selected from a simple menu inside the plugin.

The ENGL E646 plugin can even be used in a live context. Simply switch off the speaker simulation and play the ENGL amp plugin via a real power amp and a real guitar speaker cabinet and you’ll think you’re playing through a real amp!

The ENGL E765 plugin also includes some useful features not found on the original amp:

The built-in Noise Gate helps stifle the annoying hiss often generated when Gain Boost is engaged at very high gain levels. Channel 2's Tone button fattens up the sound in both Gain stages. It enriches the midrange frequencies, effectively doubling the number of basic sounds available to you in Channel 2. Another trademark ENGL feature is provided with a second master volume (Master A/B).

The built-in Noise Gate helps stifle the annoying hiss often generated when Gain Boost is engaged at very high gain levels. Channel 2's Tone button fattens up the sound in both Gain stages. It enriches the midrange frequencies, effectively doubling the number of basic sounds available to you in Channel 2. Another trademark ENGL feature is provided with a second master volume (Master A/B).

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Features

 

  • Authentic High Gain metal tones
  • Not only sounds but feels like playing through a real amp
  • Accurate amp modeling and advanced speaker simulation (Impulse Responses), capturing hi-end studio gear
  • Four channels: Clean, Crunch and 2 Lead Channels, each channel with separate Gain and Volume knobs.
  • Two voicing sections specially tuned for each channel: One three-band EQ for Clean and Crunch modes and one three-band EQ plus the "Middle-voiced" control pot for Lead Ch 3 and Lead Ch 4.

  • Two Treble controls for Clean and Crunch: a very special feature that lets you tweak the high-end response in both Clean and Crunch modes individually.
  • EQ-system in the power amp circuit: Presence and Depth Punch.
  • Newly developed Power Amp Simulation including.
  • Two power amp Master knobs: Use these knobs to adjust two different power amp volume settings, and switch them on the fly.

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Glenn Tipton
    Glenn Tipton

    Engl is the first ampline that I have ever used that not only has balls….But Attitude, right out of the box!

  • Ritchie Blackmore
    Ritchie Blackmore

    Engl Amps are the best amps I’ve ever used- not only are they powerful, but they have texture and character too.

  • Rudolf Schenker
    Rudolf Schenker

    Since more than ten years ENGL is my choice for any live and studio situation.  Perfect sounding and absolutely reliable amps!

  • Steve Morse
    Steve Morse

    I love the fast dynamics, the tone and the bottom end of ENGL amps!  I was sold on these amps even before I actually heard them. I love the design and the perfect sound for any… Read More

  • Adam Collins
    Adam Collins

    I can't believe I have an amplifier like this inside my computer. And it weighs nothing. My mind is blown.

Customer Reviews

  • ★★★★★
    E646 VS
    by Tonelab Recording
    Far Cleaner than the Revalver 4 Version. Crisp, Highs, Well Defined Mids, and Quite Versatile
  • ★★★★★
    E646 VS
    by Joe Solo
    As both a guitar player and a record producer, authentic tone is the name of the game. And PA nails it!
    And they add on parameters and processes that aren't available on the hardware versions,… Read More

Specification

Supported Plugin Formats
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

Mac
Intel CPU only (minimum 2 GHz recommended)

PC
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

Downloads

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