**HASR TOP PICK**
Platform: Win/Mac – (also available for UAD interfaces)
Genres: Country, Jazz, Blues, Punk, Ska, Stoner Rock, Hard Rock etc.
Uses: Rhythm, Lead, Clean
SCORE: 10 / 10
This is an amp that we weren’t familiar with in its hardware form, I hadn’t heard of the company before trying the plugin. It was super cheap and whenever I see a sim on sale for less than half price, it’s a no brainer and I suggest you do the same. You could end up with a gem or two like this one.
Again, Brainworx have smashed the looks on this one. It’s one of the nicest looking sims if not the nicest looking sim I have ever seen. I always say looks are just a bonus but when you see a sim that looks this damn good it gets the ball rolling in the right direction. Did I mention it looks really slick?
Wow, the first notes are pure magic, it’s warm and there’s a ton of detail in the character. The tone has a really British cut to it, it reminds me of a Vox, vintage Marshall or perhaps a bit Park. The controls take some getting used to but once you do, it’s a really fun amp to tweak. The variety of tones available with the way you can change, shape and distort the tone is incredible. If you spend time, you can really get a quality tone for a number of styles and genres. With the high values in each knob, you really have almost an endless amount of variations.
Right off the bat, you get a really nice blues lead tone that cuts nicely. From there it was a variety of cleans and slightly driven cleans with body and warmth. It was really easy to get nice country and driven blues tones with only a little boost.
Just when I think I’d found the sims comfort zone, I started adding gain from the amp. Instantly I am floored because the gain is just awesome. Punk, hard rock and other gainier tones suddenly became the comfort zone. The amp really does have a lot of tone characteristics that you don’t really hear
When I found a really nice spongy compressed tone I instantly reached for the fuzz pedal sim “the goat” from Audiority. The stoner rock tones that the Chandler was throwing at me absolutely blew my mind. Thick, heavy, full and still perfectly musical while still being unique is a real feat for a sim. This sim paired really well with the PRS Blue Sierra/V9 for a wall of stoner/doom goodness.
The Chandler comes with the standard Brainworx onboard stuff like a gate, delay and some filtering tools. It can stand on it’s own with little to no processing needed for recording. During the session I used a saturation tube setting on the Saturn and Pro-Q but it wasn’t really needed. To boost it I used the Audified Multi Drive Pedal Pro plugin with the Big Muff and TS9 settings.
The impulse selection inside the Chandler is pretty awesome; they really picked a full selection of impulses that mesh really well with the amp. There wasn’t a single impulse that sounded off or out of place. Going into my own selection of impulses, it was easy to find a ton of cabs that sounded great as well but it would be nice if Brainworx put in a toggle bypass for the loader like they have for the other components.
UPS / DOWNS:
The Chandler is one of the all out best amp sims I have ever used and it has now become one of my go-to sims for a number of uses. I have used it to record a lot and it always sounds good. What an incredible job Brainworx has done with this one, they should be proud and you should go download the free trial now!!!
Posted Dec 1st 2018