FREE: Dirty Octave Fuzz VST

Everyone loves a good octave fuzz pedal, but if you’re looking for Hendrixy, Crosstown Trafficy tones, best look elsewhere. The Dirty Octave Fuzz VST (from DaMyfx) is a ratty-sounding, nasty piece of work. I loved it. I put it in the middle of a big chain—2 x tube screamers, Octave Fuzz, then cranked amp— and…

FREE: CharBooster Overdrive Pedal Sim

When you think of booster pedals, most of us think of a certain green beast produced by Ibanez. *cough* It would be foolish to think that the Tubescreamer is the be all and end of booster pedals. I mean surely there are myriad ways of increasing the volume of a signal going into an amp,…

FREE: Face Bender VST

It may not be the most attractive interface I’ve ever seen, but by gum does this bad-boy pack a wallop. The Face Bender VST (from Distorque) is an emulation of a Tone Bender and Fuzz Face. (Disclaimer: I’ve never tried the original of either of those pedals). While the Fuzz Face option leaves me a…

FREE: Plusdistortion v1.0 MXR Distortion+ Clone VST

The Plusdistortion from Distorque is a bad-ass little emulation of the classic MXR Distortion+. Like the original the front interface is as stripped back as you get, with nothing more than an output knob, distortion knob and an on/off switch. But here the Plusdistortion parts company with its inspiration. Click the ‘tweak’ icon on the…

FREE: NoAmp! SansAmp Clone

Back in the day, if you were after stinky, nasty guitar and bass tones there was one pedal that ruled them all: the SansAmp. If you’re after that same sound these days, check out the similarly-named ‘NoAmp!’ from Mokafix Audio. With a simple layout and a bunch of cool presets, the NoAmp! will have you…

FREE: TSE 808 v2.0 Guitar Pedal VST

If you’re going for a thick, chunky guitar tone, or if you’re looking play the blues à la Stevie Ray Vaughan, you’re going to need to an emulator of a certain famous green pedal (you know the one I’m talking about). Well here it is. With drive, volume and tone controls, and with either 2x…

FREE: TSE R47 v1.0 VST

TSE make damn good stuff and the TSE R47 v1.0 is no exception. The R47 is an emulator of the classic Pro Co Rat distortion pedal, loved by everyone from Muse to Kurt Cobain to Dave Gilmour. I’d been looking for a workable emulation for some time, so was delighted when I stumbled across this…