Free Software Friday - Resonant DSP Swanky Amp

Free Software Friday is our regular Friday feature here at the dBs Music blog. We dig the depths of the music production and media webosphere and discover what downloadable plugin freebies are worth double clicking each week.

It's been a long time since we shared a guitar amp simulator, but Resonant DSP's Swanky Amp offers something a little different compared to the usual amp sim and has some very cool perks.

Whether it's within your DAW's library or a third-party plugin, guitar amp simulators typically allow you to stack cabs, amps and effects to create the sound you're looking for, however Swanky Amp is keen to keep things simple while offering more control over the smaller details. 

The base amp model is an original creation that takes inspiration from various tube amplifiers, but doesn't align its sound with a specific one. This then leaves you with 6 individual segments with their own set of controls, which is where Swanky Amp's simple approach pays off. 

These 6 features are: 

  • Levels – Input and Output volume control with meters

  • Cabinet – On/Off, Bright, Distance, Dynamic controls

  • Pre Amp – Drive, Tight, Grit

  • Staging – Stages, Overhead, Low Cut, Tone Stack

  • Power Amp – Drive, Tight, Sag

  • Tone – Low, Mid, High, Presence

Those simple names make all the difference to your workflow and even those of you that are at the earlier stages of producing your own music should find yourselves happily building your own sounds in no time. 

The other big bonus about Swanky Amp is that it's open source, meaning those of you with software development chops can take a peek under the hood and modify the plugin further. 

Swanky Amp is available to download for free on both Windows and macOS (VST3/AU, 64-bit) using the link below. 


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