Vandal v1.104 VST / AU online!

Here’s a quick shout that we’ve just put the new version (including the long-awaited Mac demo) online:

Win & Mac Demo (scroll down to the bottom left)
Win & Mac Update

Some stuff added to this version:

Presence control for the class A/B power amp
Presence control for the class A/B power amp

We got a presence knob on the guitar amp, finally. Of course, it only makes sense for the A/B power amp, due to the principle (presence is the output wired back  (phase-inverted & filtered) to the input of the power amp). Just like the real thing, it’s also dependent on the power amp’s overall amplification factor, thereby interacting with the ‘sag’ control. It’s good we designed the amp to be that dynamic, as ‘presence’ enhances that even more 🙂

New 'Vintage Plate Reverb' in the Rack FX section
New ‘Vintage Plate Reverb’ in the Rack FX section.

We then considered adding a plate reverb from algorithms we already had, but we ended up designing one from scratch, while getting lost somewhere in time. We finally came up with the ‘Vintage Plate Reverb’ as a convincing emulation of that tone we all know from the past decades. It somewhat reminds one of those legendary hardware reverbs that weren’t ‘perfect’ at all, in terms of naturalness, but offered a great deal of ‘character’. Now, this one is thick, lush, dense and ‘glues’ greatly with the input signal.
And it’s very light on the CPU (which normally is a contradiction).

Now, download the update (or the demo), have fun & make some rock 🙂


Oh, for those with a tech fetish, here’s the changelog’s blahblah:

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v1.104, 2010/07/07

– guitar amp: added presence control to config panel (class A/B mode)
– post-fx: added new effect ‘vintage plate reverb’
– post-fx: units are now on by default when selecting an effect type
– GUI: added global option to switch dynamic window resize off (some hosts have problems here)
– GUI: stomp menus stay visible now in the ‘minimised’ view (all modules collapsed)
– GUI: guitar amp’s config view now stays open when switching scenes or presets
– stomps: improved delay modulation on TimeTunnel
– fixed: some Mac hosts showed wrong window size when re-opening the GUI
– fixed: missing update of selected entries in the cab sim’s menus
– fixed: guitar power amp sometimes turned silent upon scene switching
– Mac VST/AU: drastic CPU load reduction (runs 40-50% faster now)

v1.103, 2010/05/27 (included in Samplitude 11.1 update)

– cabinet sim: added mic 1/2 delay knob (allows for new sound textures and stereo effects)
– cabinet sim: added mic 1/2 on/off button
– added ‘console’ params (in/out/gate/tuner on/tuner mute) to the midi/remote mechanism
– added MIDI activity LED to console
– added UI update when updating params from outside (remote automation or MIDI)
– improved behaviour upon preset switching or host (auto-)save
– improved distortion texture of LaCrema, Halvar, Hellfire, Fuzz stomp
– improved phaser/tremolo stomp
– fixed: various MIDI issues (broken load/save, lost remote assignments)
– fixed: crashes when tweaking stomps (knobs or buttons) in some hosts (Reaper)
– fixed: crashes upon switching scenes via midi
– fixed: broken ‘multiply/blend’ method for remote params
– fixed: LFO on post-fx chorus & flanger wasn’t properly working at fast ‘rate’ settings
– fixed: missing window redraw when changing GUI size in some hosts
– fixed: missing thread safety upon fast post-fx configuration changes

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v1.102, 2010/03/31

– fixed: tuner didn’t show cents as numbers below main display
– fixed: loud ‘pop’ with LaCrema stomp

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v1.104, 2010/07/07

– guitar amp: added presence control to config panel (class A/B mode)

– post-fx: added new effect ‘vintage plate reverb’

– post-fx: units are now on by default when selecting an effect type

– GUI: added global option to switch dynamic window resize off (some hosts have problems here)

– GUI: stomp menus stay visible now in the ‘minimised’ view (all modules collapsed)

– GUI: guitar amp’s config view now stays open when switching scenes or presets

– stomps: improved delay modulation on TimeTunnel

– fixed: some Mac hosts showed wrong window size when re-opening the GUI

– fixed: missing update of selected entries in the cab sim’s menus

– fixed: guitar power amp sometimes turned silent upon scene switching

– Mac VST/AU: drastic CPU load reduction (runs 40-50% faster now)

v1.103, 2010/05/27 (included in Samplitude 11.1 update)

– cabinet sim: added mic 1/2 delay knob (allows for new sound textures and stereo effects)

– cabinet sim: added mic 1/2 on/off button

– added ‘console’ params (in/out/gate/tuner on/tuner mute) to the midi/remote mechanism

– added MIDI activity LED to console

– added UI update when updating params from outside (remote automation or MIDI)

– improved behaviour upon preset switching or host (auto-)save

– improved distortion texture of LaCrema, Halvar, Hellfire, Fuzz stomp

– improved phaser/tremolo stomp

– fixed: various MIDI issues (broken load/save, lost remote assignments)

– fixed: crashes when tweaking stomps (knobs or buttons) in some hosts (Reaper)

– fixed: crashes upon switching scenes via midi

– fixed: broken ‘multiply/blend’ method for remote params

– fixed: LFO on post-fx chorus & flanger wasn’t properly working at fast ‘rate’ settings

– fixed: missing window redraw when changing GUI size in some hosts

– fixed: missing thread safety upon fast post-fx configuration changes

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v1.102, 2010/03/31

– fixed: tuner didn’t show cents as numbers below main display

– fixed: loud ‘pop’ with LaCrema stomp

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2 Responses to Vandal v1.104 VST / AU online!

  1. mbdstudio says:

    Ive used VST plugs for years but now only use RTAS plugs (Pro Tools). Vandal Amps should offer RTAS versions also (Which would add many more fans and users). There are tons of VST plugs out there but the serious plugs offer RTAS also. Please consider as Pro Tools is everywhere.

  2. I really dig the lessons and information you have on your site about guitar amps. Its sites like this that have made consistent musical progress possible for me over my 13 years of playing. Keep it up. IStillGotMyGuitar

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