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  • FREE VSTs for Fender-ish overdrive?

    Hello!

    I've been looking for a set of FREE VSTs that allow me to get a good Fender tone. It's always hard to describe tones by words, but what I'm looking for are essentially two tones:

    1 - A classic fenderish middle-of-the-road overdrive, especially like the Fender Bassman and such provide.
    2 - A full creamy clean, like Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight or Dire Straits - You and your friend (ok, this one is on the overdrive field already... but there are many phrases that don't "distort", that's what I'm looking for).



    To help figure out my tastes, I can tell a couple of amp sims that provided what I was looking for.

    - Amplitube Fender has been the best VST I found for my needs. However, it's a coommercial VST and the demo ran out... The amps I liked the most on AT Fender were the 59 Bassman, the Pro Junior and the Champ.
    - I have a Fender Mustang III and the model I like the most is the Bassman simulation too.
    - As for the "creamy clean", I have never found any option that convinced me.




    In terms of references, here are a couple of songs that have guitar tones around what I want:
    Steely Dan - Reelin' in the Years . This is THE tone 1 I'm looking for. It's exactly what I got from the Pro Junior model on AT Fender, with a Fuzz fedal in front of it, I think.

    Other tones I like, somewhat around the "classic rock mild overdrive" category too, are:
    - ZZ Top - Waitin' for the Bus
    - Smithereens - Age of Innocence
    - Eric Clapton - Cocaine



    So... How should I get tone number 1? How about tone 2? Any towards the right direction will be helpful and appreciated

    PS: Amplitube Custom Shop doesn't work on my computer, because my CPU is SSE2 non-compliant

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  • #2
    Might I ask how old your computer is? SSE2 is an OLD spec, so it's hard to believe anything newer than ten years old wouldn't be SSE2 compliant.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/SSE2
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    • Zanman777
      Zanman777 commented
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      Yeah, my CPU is an AMD Athlon XP 2600+, the next immediate was the 64, I believe, which I think already supports SSE2...

       

      Anyway, got any suggestions for me?


  • #3
    Onelife, I think that's what he was initially trying to run but it requires an SSE2 compatible processor.
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    • Sparky Coldfire
      Sparky Coldfire commented
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      You could try the Green Machine II VST.  This was popular a number of years back, and actually sounds pretty good even now.  I have not tried to get the tone you seek though, so can't say whether it will work, but it does model a bunch of amps and effects. In fact it can be quite overwelming, but there is some literature on it (maybe a users guide) that I recall reading when I was playing with it that helped clear up what all those dials and switches do.


    • onelife
      onelife commented
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      GilmourD wrote:
      Onelife, I think that's what he was initially trying to run but it requires an SSE2 compatible processor.

      Yeah I missed that bit in the OP. Thanks.

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