(here are a few audio clips of version 1.2 that we have added.)
64 and 32 bit Windows VST plugins

Amp Vision 1.2 and up will be available in 64 and 32 bit Windows versions.

64 / 32 bit (universal) Mac Plugins in VST and AU formats

The Amp Vision 1.2 Mac version is also available, the 2 versions are sold seperately.

New Tone Stack Modeling

Amp Vision now has new tone stack frequency curves that accurately reflect the typical tone stack used in guitar amps. The tone stack is the part of an amp that handles treble - mid - bass controls, and it is a passive circuit (a typical example is shown) that has very specific qualities. The different component values and frequency sweeps (the image shows 3 settings) are taken into account giving more unique sounds and responsive knobs that work the way players expect. There are some things you should keep in mind if you are new to tone stacks, or if you are switching from an old version of Amp Vision which did not have this. Generally guitar amps have a scooped midrange at almost all knob positions due to the tone stack, expect to put the bass and treble very low and the mid knob high to get a flat response. The tonestack generally gives preamp tubes a scooped character. The power tubes are not affected in the same way though, they are after the tone stack, and as they distort the tone stack helps them get their classic crunchy sound. Another aspect to consider is microphone choice and placement can often be different with a passive tone stack, the sm57 is a good choice since it complements the passive tone stack better than some of the other cab sim choices in Amp Vision. That is why there are 8 new "57" type cab sims included in Amp Vision. (The amps that use the new tone stack feature are: Adam, Seventy Eight, Rhino, The Standard, Heartless, Fallback, Payback, Loneman, Boiler, Azimuth, Tex Tune, Valve Jazz, Dreamroads, Gold Crest, Solid Core, Aura, Black Wolf, Tube Kit, Emerald, Rackham)

Full Stereo Mode

Normally you would run Amp Vision or any amp modeling program with a mono input because a guitar is mono and you don't need to process it as a stereo sound source. Amp Vision now has a setting in the option area that lets you process a stereo signal, which could be a keyboard, a full mix, or other stereo sounds and effects. Stereo takes twice as much processing power, so only use it if you need to, keep the input - left option selected if you are not sure what to use.

Automation through Midi or VST Parameters

Amp Vision now has a reasonably complete Automation feature allowing you to assign VST Parameter numbers or midi numbers to any (well almost any) knob, as well as amp and pedal bypass. There is also a feature to select presets on receiving a midi program change. For example, you could use VST Parameters to adjust the treble knob during a song's playback depending on whether vocals are present. You could set up a midi foot pedal with program change messages letting you switch presets. It's best not to use too much automation at once though, since this would mean a very large amount of incoming messages for the plug-in which can take up processing resources. To assign a midi or VST parameter right click the knob, then enter the number in the proper box that appears. There is also a midi learn function. Midi controls can have a min/max value entered (this is not usually needed for VST Parameters.)

Amp Changes

Amp Vision has evolved a bit in the last few months, and has been moving in the direction of using less gain and less high pass filtering. This release completes that evolution having the most natural sound yet with better harmonic response and removing the subtle but annoying tone problems that were present in some amp settings. Power amp effects are improved and cranked amp tones are more natural sounding. The Seventy Eight model for example now is a much better representation of a cranked non-master-volume amp without the intense preamp gain of filtering that was originally used. Compared to the original Amp Vision settings, the new settings generally gives lower pickup noise as well. There are 2 tips you should keep in mind relating to this. If you are not getting a tight enough sound from the amps then a good solution is to cut bass frequencies before the amp using pedals, this is a common trick with Amp Vision. If you are wanting a little more sustain, for example with the Seventy Eight model, a compressor pedal in pre mode can give you some extra sustain.

New Amp

Rackham is is an amp model inspired by the lead channel of various modern multi channel amps. Generally the sound is characterized as tight but not bright, and very thick with the gain up. Basically it lets the tone of the guitar shine through without letting it get messy, and it is capable of amazing sustain and low end response. Rackham is amp 28 in the list. Utility (the amp that was originally in the 28th slot) was changed into a pedal for those who want to use it still. (use the amp bypass if needed)

Notes on upgrading and misc. details

Originally Amp Vision placed it's save file, named amp-vision-save.fxda, in the same directory as the .dll plugin file. That may have worked well for some people, and wouldn't be a problem on old operating systems, but modern operating systems tend to deny write permission to almost all folders, only some user folders are really safe. There is also a quirk when using 64 bit binaries on these operating system versions, and we now have a 64 bit version, so we need to use a different save path. Amp Vision now detects your user Application Data folder and adds a /Amp Vision folder to hold it's file. What this means is that if you are trying to keep your presets from an old version, you will have to follow these steps: Locate the existing amp-vision-save.fxda file, you may need to do a file search, then make a copy of it or move it somewhere where you can find it. Locate the Application Data folder for your user, which could be c:/users/your-name/AppData, but it differs between some OS versions, and, it is probably a hidden file. There should be instructions on the net somewhere for finding it for what ever system you have. Once you are sure you are in that folder, create the Folder Amp Vision, or use the existing folder if it already exists. Then you just need to move the old save file into the new folder. Macintosh operating systems have a preferences folder inside the Library folder that is in your user folder, and that is used in place of the AppData folder in that case.

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