There’s nothing quite like the roar and fire of a raging guitar valve amp… nothing that is, except a state-of-the-art, next-level emulation, and that’s exactly what you get with this month’s Computer Music magazine! We’ve teamed up with the distortion-obsessed developers at Mercuriall to bring you U530 CM, a jaw-droppingly realistic guitar amp simulator plugin in VST, AU and AAX formats, and based on the full commercial Tube Amp Ultra 530 plugin.
Just like the full thing, U530 CM is based on Engl’s versatile E530 preamp, with a twochannel design that can handle crystal-clear cleans, hard-rocking crunch, singing solos, and full-on high-gain distortion with ease. The plugin also includes a modelled valve power amp stage with presence control, lush stereo chorus, and a 4×12 cabinet simulator with adjustable mic position, dialled in using the graph-display or the individual sliders to set depth and position.
Clean and Lead channels for different tone-shaping and grit characteristics
Cabinet emulation with positionable virtual mic
Frequency-sculpting EQ for both channels
Lo/Hi Gain switch
Power amp controls such as Presence and Master gain
Extra controls to activate such as Bright (clean channel) and Contour (Lead channel)