Metal producer Jens Bogren and guitarist Jeff Loomis teamed up with Joey Sturgis Tones to develop the Toneforge Jeff Loomis plug-in, with three new virtual amp setups. And to make the deal even sweeter, there is a great introductory price to launch this new bundle.
Toneforge Jeff Loomis
Jeff Loomis is a monster player with some epic tones. His work with both Nevermore and Conquering Dystopia has some fantastic guitar tones, and trying to capture those tones takes some hard work. Luckily, famed producer and recording engineer Jens Bogren was on board for this latest Toneforge project and helped bring this software bundle to life.
Jens is known for his work with Sepultura, Kreator, Paradise Lost to name only three of the many monster metal bands on his resume. So for players trying to cop Jeff Loomis’ recorded amp tones for their DAW, the Toneforge Jeff Loomis package is a good start.
The package gives you access to three distinct amp setups which should cover all your bases when recording. The Lead Channel l is dedicated to the heavy shredder sound. It’s full-on distortion, and has a rotary control. Then there’s a Clean Channel for crystalline clean tones, perfect for intros and interludes. The Rhythm Channel is specially designed to handle low-end tight riffs, and has a tube emulation that can be switched from 6L6s to EL34s.
In addition to the three signature amp models, the bundle has a range of virtual cabs, including a dual cab mode for the first time. With it you can edit the guitar and all other sounds on two levels at the same time, or pull them apart in the stereo width. There is also a Matched Cabinets feature and the option to import your own IRs. So a lot of very useful tools for tailoring your recorded guitar tones.
The package offers four core guitar effects to complement the virtual amp rigs. These include the GTR Comp (compressor), Overdriven (overdrive), Sky Box (reverb) and Echo Man (delay). The effects come with post-amp processing, so you can process the signal further at the end of the signal chain. This also includes the 4-band EQ and compressor, which should make it easier to get that real life-like amp sound you are chasing, within your DAW.
Overall, this is a pretty comprehensive set of tools for getting a modern heavy guitar tone. And if you check out the demo videos below, you will hear exactly what I mean. Ola Englund gives it a really good review as well. I would suggest that you watch all three videos to get a good overview of what this package is capable of.
Joey Sturgis Tones Toneforge Jeff Loomis runs as VST2, VST3, AU and AAX on macOS (10.10 to 11.X – Big Sur is supported via Rosetta 2, native M1 support is not yet available) and Windows (7 or newer). A free iLok account is required for registration.
Introductory Deal Price
The icing on the cake is the introductory pricing offer, which takes the regular $149 price tag down to only $59. At this price, I think is a fantastic deal considering all the very useful tools and tones on offer.
RRP – Introductory pricing USD 59, regular pricing USD 149