Amp sims Kuassa

Kuassa Amplifikation Lite

PlatformWin/Mac
UsesRhythm, Lead, Crunch, Clean
PriceFreeware
Version reviewed1.1.3
Score: 2/5
Score: 2 / 5

INTRO:

This one is a classic that has been around for ages. This was the first Kuassa plugin I tried and I don’t think I am alone in that boat. I actually know a guy that still uses this plugin religiously and it has become kind of part of his “signature tone”. He makes it work for him, that’s for sure.

Amplifikation Lite is a three channel freeware amp that comes with a built in impulse loader. It’s had a few updates over the years but essentially, this plugin is on the senior circuit.

EXPERIENCE:

It looks pretty dated but the layout holds up. The controls have value and there’s an easy bypass for the onboard impulse loader. It’s also a good sim for beginners as well because it’s free and really easy to use.

It kind of seems like the three channels in Amplifikation Lite are actually different amps altogether. I notice a very noticeable change in tone characteristics between all three channels. I want to say it’s a Fender clean, Marshall crunch and 5150 lead but I could be way off on that.

The clean channel is crisp and can be pretty versatile depending on the pickups you are using and if there’s a boost or not. It can do the majority of things you could need from a modern clean channel or with a boost and the right impulse, it can sound vintage. The rhythm crunch channel sounds like a British amp in my opinion. The crunch is really easy to work into a lot of different genres seamlessly and the lead channel can give you some reasonable metal tones.

Amplifikation Lite is really friendly with both boost pedals and impulses. For this session I was using all of the Kuassa Efektor plugins. Amp Lite took to a lot of the boosts, fuzz and muff pedals I tried. I spent a good while trying impulses but nothing beat the EVH 412 Stealth from 3 Sigma Audio.

Watch your highs and mids as well as the settings on whatever boost you use. Amplifikation lite can get a little thin and shrill if you add too much.

UPS / DOWNS:

I have spent years recommending this plugin to people as an easy way to get started with amp sims and as a result, I have had to spend some time with the plugin. I have never found it to be incredible but I have always found it to be free, easy to use, reliable and passable. If you know anyone thinking about getting into amp sims, this is a great start because there’s nothing to do but open it and play. It also provides reasonable enough tones to not turn people off the tech.

I think Kuassa should consider Amplifikation Lite 2 because this plugin is getting a little old and yet is was so handy and helpful to a lot of users over the years. Having a new Lite amp with Kuassa quality would be pretty cool.


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