Rating: 9 / 10
(Version reviewed: 1.1)
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Audio Assault have been making plugins for several years now and from day one to present, the company has always offered their plugins affordably. In the last couple of years, the company’s products have improved leaps and bounds. Better modeling, nicer GUIs and much-improved IRs are just a few of the factors that have helped to get their products a lot more attention from even industry professionals like Dan Swano (Unisound / Bloodbath) and Glenn Fricker (Producer and YouTuber).
Originally called Grind Machine 3; ReAmp is a project that Audio Assault has been working on for some time. There was a somewhat of confusing series of release events that sort of functioned more like soft-releases / beta releases but the plugin eventually came out strong.
ReAmp Studio has a completely bananas amount of gear with 36 stomps, 103 heads based on single channels of an insane variety of amps, 100 Cab IRs + 35 3D style cabs with movable mic position, a rack FX module, a dual IR loader and a lot more for a very low price.
Anyone that used an early Audio Assault plugin will be able to see the huge improvements they have put into this area pretty quickly. ReAmp studio looks awesome and functions pretty much effortlessly. Everything is laid out in a way that could be appreciated by anyone from a new amp sim user to experienced industry professionals. One unique thing that I really like about the GUI is that while all of the amps are somewhat like profiles running through a central editor of some sort, Audio Assault has given all of the amps a nice little nod to the original analog amp. Everything functions smoothly, quickly and without being heavy on resources.
Getting things started with the pre-FX / pedal section, ReAmp Studio features 35+ stomp boxes that range from boost pedals, fuzz, eq and loads of other boxes. Some of the pedals I really like, others I just didn’t find a lot of use for. I wouldn’t say any of the pedals are the best or worst pedals I have used in plugin form but overall, the quality vastly outweighs the price. Users get a very nice assortment of options to run out in front of the amps. Add a little dirt to a clean amp for a little more shine, boost a high gain amp or use the fuzz and distortion pedals to create complete mayhem.
The amps are all based on either a single channel of an analog amp or a single-channel amp which is very common for the amp sim market. Most experienced The count of 103 is actually more like 65-70 or so different amps but let’s be honest, that’s still a mountain of gear! The selection ranges from some of the most iconic amps of all time, fan favorites, modern, vintage and then to some that add some weirdness to fill the gaps. Several of the amp offerings stand out as being exceptional so I listed some of our favorites below. The feel of many amps is just so enjoyable for a full-suite scenario with every chug and pluck from most of the amps being pretty warm and crisp with very little of the dullness that can be common with plugins in this category.
There just isn’t enough time to review each and every amp featured in the plugin but the big picture is pretty simple. I would say that about 60% of the amps are a lot of fun right away, another 20% are rockable with some minor tweaking and/or IR shuffling and the other 20% is kind of just filler that could be hit or miss depending on the user.
The central editor has a fair bit of flexibility and does a pretty good job of bringing out the best in most of the amp profiles but it’s effectiveness can depend on the amp in use. For most of the amps, the controls have a pretty good amount of value but there are a small few amps that can suffer when the controls start moving from the center line / default tone. True authenticity isn’t really the aim here as much as it is giving users a good glimpse of the amps included. The controls in place do the job pretty effectively which is crucial in situations where controls have been condensed.
HASR ReAmp Favorites
- EHV 5051 III Lead
- PSR Arkon
- Sodano SL100
- Vaux AC30
- Vaux AC30 HOT
- VTH Pitbul
- Randoll Santa
- Paevy 5435+
- Paevy 6505+
- Lien6 Spidy Inane
- Fredman Baterslax CH2
- Frameus Kobra
- Marshell JMC800
- Marshell Plexi
- Meisa MKII
- Meisa Recto CH3 M
- Meisa RevF Red
- Blockstar HT50 Lead
- Paevy Triplex
- Paevy Triplex Tight
- Krunk Krunkenstein
- Paevy Pento Bull
- Paevy Pento Cactus
Let’s break down the amps and applications for ReAmp a little bit further. The highest quality tones and components in the plugin are in the medium to to high gain area but that’s far from all that’s available. Metal guitarists of any discipline/genre/style and hard rock guitarists will be in a virtual candy store with several of metal’s most notable amps being including in the large list of included gear. Does it djent? Yes absolutely but it can also get users nice 90s old school death metal tones, crushing hardcore sounds, searing tech-death and so many different types of high gain rather than simply being a go to for modern sounds.
On the rock and shred side of things, the tones are also more than available with many classic shred amps in the picture. There are a few amps in these areas that don’t quite hit the mark but for the most part, it’s very easy to lock into tones for blues, classic rock, fusion, southern rock, hair metal and so many other classic guitar-driven genres. The key for plugins when it comes to classic sounds is having at least some level of warmth and roundness to the tone to bring out at least the illusion of EL34 tube coloration.
The clean tone and low gain aimed amps are mostly based on older vintage amps which most folks might tell you is predominantly where great clean tones come from. There are more than a few great clean tones in the plugin to be had but overall the ratio of good to average / below average was a little less impressive than that of the high gain and rock geared sections. The majority of my personal favorite clean tones came from only 3-4 of the clean aimed amps but overall, most of the clean tones available are average to above average in quality.
The dual cab section is a full on collaboration between Seacow Cabs and Audio Assault. Audio Assault’s plugins have greatly benefited from the addition of much better impulse responses and Seacow has grown from being on a bigger stage. The 3D style interface allows users to really customize their tone and the wonderful selection of cabs has a ton of variety with 412, 212, 112 and other formats plus the brands you know and love. With so many different amps, having the “ideal” matched cab for every amp would be really tough but the selection included has something ideal sounding to pair up with all of the included amp components. The loader also allows users to load their own IRs with ease and accuracy. I would say that the IR selection is about 85-90% great with a few options that didn’t really pan out. Many of the files also blend really well and thus creating a wealth of IR blends is very easy so experiment!!
The post-FX section is simple, effective and very useful if you are one for post-FX sections. Standalone players will find the post-FX very handy but those that are tracking guitar should be reminded that putting delay, reverb and other post-FX ahead of your tracking EQ can create a lot of headaches. We at HASR always recommend using your own delay, reverb and other post-FX for best results when recording and mixing your material. That said, as mentioned, the components included all do their job nicely when needed and have a great amount of flexibility. I had a lot of fun creating soaring lead tones, atmospheric cleans, country slapback, nice room sounds and more without a lot of time needed.
UPS / DOWNS
ReAmp is by far the most affordable all-in-one solution type plugin for guitar on the market today. From high gain to crystal clean and most of the ground in between, ReAmp is purely enjoyable. Each amp has been optimized to deliver great tone without a lot of work while still being flexible so users aren’t searching too long for the tones they are after. It’s all about finding a good tone quick and then moving on to playing.
As mentioned, not all of the amps have the same level of quality but the majority of them are very nice inside their optimal range. The plugin is not really designed or priced to provide the all-out authenticity of 103 amps so the condensed controls don’t bother me too much. Audio Assault has made sure that every control offered has an impact on the tone and that is important in a situation where controls have been cut back a bit. Most of the amp components are quite solid but a few of them do feel like more of a throw-in with a bit more of a profile type feel.
ReAmp studio will not replace all of your premium amp sims but it will also not break the bank. The tones and the amount of gear included are worth well over the full price of the plugin. For those wanting that real feeling of “bang for the buck”, ReAmp Studio is a no-brainer purchase. It’s not the best modeling Audio Assault has done to date, that can be found in products like SIGMA and the RVXX but nearly everything functions, feels and sounds very solid. Buy with confidence!
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