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SoftDrive GV
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SoftDrive GV - Marshall distortion emulation
SoftDrive GV is a virtual-analog model of the Marshall Guv'nor and Guv'nor GV-2 Plus guitar distortion effects.

The Guv'nor is a solid-state distortion pedal first issued in 1989 to recreate the sound of a cranked up Marshall stack in a small stomp-box format. It became rather popular in the 90's and is still used widely nowadays for its quality high-gain sound and a its tonal versatility. It was re-issued in the early 2000 in an updated housing and incorporating a new "Deep" control to mimic the effect of a JCM2000's "Deep" switch.
This VST model is a tribute to the original effect and models the circuits of both the "vanilla" Guv'nor and its modern GV-2 variant.
SoftDrive GV expands on the original design and brings in new possibilities unthinkable of outside of the digital realm. In the spirit of my prior creations, this plug-in also features a few things to visualize what's going on inside the box.

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Nov 29 2015
  5  / 5
This is a ridiculously versatile amp sim. Combine it with a good marshall cab IR and put something before it to make it just a touch brighter, and you got something that can take you from nice gritty crunch to that tube "clean" with just a small bit of zing and distortion. When I first tried this, I passed it over cause I thought it was too dark.. and it is a pretty dark amp sim in my experience, but if you work it a bit you can get so many wonderful tones out of this thing.
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Jun 06 2015
  4  / 5
Provides a useful and specialised gritty sound, not as effective as a subtle effect but still can be tamed.