The new Plugin Alliance Suhr PT100 Pete Thorn Signature plug-in faithfully reproduces tubes and boutique circuits into ones and zeros for your convenience. Which means that if you wanted to get Pete Thorn’s amp setup within your DAW, it’s now as simple as downloading a plug-in.
Suhr PT100 Pete Thorn Signature
The world-famous guitarist and YouTuber Peter Thorn is not only known for his tour/session work with legendary artists such as Chris Cornell and Melissa Etheridge, but is also considered one of the leading authorities in terms of sound in the guitar community. The development, modification, and practical testing of the original Suhr PT100 signature amplifier took a whole 5 years. And you can now easily add this boutique amp sound to your favourite DAW.
Plugin Alliance Suhr PT100
The Suhr PT-100 is an impressively spec’d version of the classic Plexi-style guitar amp head. It’s the sound we associate with icons like Jimi Hendrix, Yngwie Malmsteen, Slash, and Jimmy Page, among many many others. It’s the sound we all know and love, that classic Plexi-tone.
Developed by Brainworx, this plug-in emulation offers a huge selection of tones, from unadulterated clean to wonderfully crisp to screamingly high gain. It has three distinct amp channels that make this possible.
Three high-end guitar amplifiers in one
Channel 1 has an American style voicing and delivers sparkling clean to slightly crisp sounds. The second channel replicates the approach of classic British vintage amplifiers, but with additional gain. Channel 3 pushes things even further, delivering an extreme high-gain tone that is thick and juicy, with rich harmonic overtones and a decent shovel of sustain.
Better than the original?
The plugin version of the Suhr PT100 offers further extensive possibilities for sound shaping, thanks to the Brainworx FX rack. You get integrated effects, low and high-pass filters, a noise gate, and a power-soak circuit that elicits additional saturation from the amplifier, making the plugin more versatile than the original. Plus, you don’t need to make your ears bleed to get those driven valve amp tones to your DAW. Or deal with the hassle of mic’ing cabinets.
The plug-in contains 120 Impulse Responses taken from boutique speaker cabinets and vintage microphones, as well as high-end consoles, pedals, and some sweet outboard devices to deliver studio-ready guitar sounds in no time.
You even get presets curated by Pete Thorn himself. The master says: “It sounds and feels like playing the real amplifier.”
Specifications and prices
The plug-in runs on macOS 10.9 to 11 (currently only with Intel CPU) and Windows 7 to 10 as AAX DSP, AAX Native, AU, AAX AudioSuite, VST2, and VST3. For installation and authorisation, you sill need the free installation manager. The PDF user manual can also be downloaded from the website.
At the moment, Plugin Alliance is offering the Suhr PT100 plug-in at an introductory price of USD 79.99, which will later go up the regular price of USD 149. If you do purchase it, until the 16th of October, you also get the option of getting any other plug-in from the company for only USD 29.99. And if you’d rather try the plug-in before parting with your cash, there’s a free demo version available for download too.