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Softube & Marshall rock amp emulations

Softube model Marshall's 1959 Plexi Super Lead and Kerry King Signature ampfliers

Softube's model of Marshall's 1959 Plexi Super Lead.Softube's model of Marshall's 1959 Plexi Super Lead.

Modelling specialists Softube have teamed up with amp manufacturers Marshall, UK-based AC/DC producer Tony Platt and US engineers Terry Date and Chris Paccou to deliver emulations of two classic Marshall amps. The Plexi Super Lead (above) has been used by The Who’s Pete Townshend, Cream‑era Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix, while the Kerry King Signature amp (below) — also known as ‘The Beast’ — is a key ingredient of thrash guitarist and Slayer co-founder King’s aggressive “aural onslaught” sound.

Softube and Marshall's modelled Kerry King Signature Amp.Softube and Marshall's modelled Kerry King Signature Amp.

The 1959 Plexi Super Lead plug-in is based on impulse responses captured by Tony Platt at London’s Core Studios from Marshall’s own reference unit (a working 1967 amp which usually resides in the company museum), paired with a Marshall 1960BHW 4x12 cab. Platt used three carefully positioned dynamic, valve- and FET-based mic setups, all of which are selectable in the plug‑in, and created the software’s 50 presets. On the other side of the Atlantic, FOH engineer Chris Paccou and studio engineer Terry Date captured cabinet responses and microphone combinations with ‘The Beast’ live (on one of Slayer’s final ever stadium dates) and at LA’s Henson Studios, to create the emulation of Kerry King’s rig, based on his custom Marshall 2203KK amp and two different Mode Four 4x12 cabs.

Both new plug-ins retail online for $149 and are available now.

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