Mercuriall’s Spark plug-in gets an update, with additional FX and some celebrity presets from none other than tone hound Ola Englund. There’s also a ‘special’ deal on until 19th February. Will that be enough to coax some cash from first-time buyers?
Spark is a virtual amplifier plug-in that we wrote about recently and which has already got some great features. Mercuriall have just released a useful update which adds a virtual Boss SD-1 and some exclusive Ola Englund presets, as well as bug fixes and improvements.
Improvements include the Mac version is now allegedly better performing and they have fixed an issue with the delay, amongst other minor tweaks.
I like that they have also added new EQd cabs for better low-end behaviour, as a lot of virtual amps often overlook the cab models and this is where a huge part of the tone is created (just see how many bits of virtual speaker cabinet hardware have been announced already this year), so I think this could be a big deal for many.
The inclusion of Ola Englund presets will, of course, please his fans, too. You can either use them or dissect them to see what he does and then learn from it yourself. Ola has a pretty decent reputation for making great modern guitar tones using both software and hardware amplifiers. You often see him doing shoot-outs and A/B comparisons, so you get the feeling he likes to experiment.
I have a soft spot for the Boss SD-1 as it was the first pedal I ever owned, my father bought it for me and I learned how to make my Marshall JCM800 sound like an aeroplane taking off using it! I’m quite intrigued to know how this virtual one sounds, as my old original one was absolutely fantastic with a real tube amp and so this could be a great little addition to this virtual rig in my opinion.
For a full list of updates check the Mercuriall webpage
The price is also being dropped down until the 19th February from its usual $120, so you can save a few quid on the plugin if you are quick.
Mercuriall Spark is compatible with Mac/PC on VST, AU and AAX plugin formats.
RRP $120 though on a deal at $99 until 19th February