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Amp Simulator by PreSonus

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Modelling Amp and Pedalboard Plug-in

Ampire Grows Up and Moves Out.

Ampire is PreSonus’ new State Space Modeled guitar amp/cab/stompbox simulator, included in Studio One Professional 4.6 and later. You get five new amplifier models, 16 cabinet emulations, and a pedalboard full of effects. Ampire is now available for use in other DAWs in VST3, AAX, and AU formats!

In short, Ampire has never sounded better, due in no small part to...

Ampire State Building

So what makes today’s Ampire so great? Well, this time around, the boys in Hamburg leveraged their expertise in State Space Modeling technology to create PreSonus' amplifier and stompbox models. This same technology also powers our StudioLive Fat Channel plug-in emulations of the venerated compressor and EQ designs that keep eBay in business—while also ensuring that the nuanced, variable sonic character of analogue survives its transition to the digital realm.

State Space Modeling isn’t about sampling old amps and effects units and getting some sounds within the sonic ballpark, no—State Space Modeling is the surgical measuring and re-creation of analogue hardware on the per-component level. Each capacitor, every resistor, all the diodes, and every circuitry element of the complete hardware schematics have their behaviour measured, modelled, and re-created... including even component-specific non-linearities.

The result? Wonderfully perfect virtual models of wonderfully imperfect audio hardware. No transformer unturned, no valve left behind.

These Aren’t Your Gramp’s Amps.

(Actually, a couple of them might be.) These five world-class amplifier models are the heart of Ampire. Each is meticulously State Space Modeled from a bonafide classic, with all their analogue-defining nonlinearities and dynamic responsiveness—critical for capturing the tone and character of vacuum tube and semiconductor-based circuitry.

State Space Modeled amps:

  • MCM800: High-gain 80s classic so loud you can hear it from Mars—all your neighbours will hear it, too.
  • VC30: Versatile 70s British invader that you May associate with a regal guitarist. Served with sides of tremolo and vibrato.
  • Blackface Twin: This loud American’s benchmark cleans and lush reverb have made it a studio staple since 1960-something.
  • Dual Amplifier: This three-channel heavy metal standard is ideal when high-gain isn’t enough gain. Many tone-shaping options.
  • Amp STV: Bass in your face with a gritty tube midrange. Stands out in a mix. Unsubtle.

Impulse Responses Bring Classic Cabs to Life.

Amps, of course, aren’t the end-all, be-all of guitar tone, as speaker cabinets do a great deal to colour the sound of a guitar rig: speaker complement, wood, and cabinet size are all determining factors in the final tone. Furthermore, when recording a speaker cab, strategic microphone placement also imparts a dramatic sonic consequence. But when it comes to emulation, speaker cabinets require a different solution than the State Space Modeling tech that PreSonus use with the amplifiers.

As the circuitry of cabinets is comparatively simple, PreSonus relied heavily on impulse responses (acoustic measurements of real-world cabinet behaviour) and microphone modelling to emulate the recording performance of the 16 classic speaker cabinets found in Ampire. You also get a microphone edit page that provides control over microphone blend, plus polarity and balance. PreSonus even included a convenient tuner.

And if you’re into DIY cabinetry, you can even create impulse responses of your own real-world cabinets and spaces and save them for use in Ampire! Mix and match amps, mics, and cabs to your heart’s content with PreSonus' best simulations yet. The following cabs are included:

  • 4x12 M65. The holy grail of hard rock cabinets, this 4x12 classic from the 80s might give you an appetite for a little destruction.
  • 4x12 MFB. The perfect 4x12 cab for modern high-gain guitar sounds, oversized to handle extra volume—when you’re ready to reaffirm your commitment to rock.
  • 2x12 VC 30. Don’t let its size fool you, too: this 2x12 cabinet can deliver scintillating tone at high volume—you’ve finally found what you’re looking for.
  • 2x12 Blackface. The dark 2x12 cabinet delivers fuzz and overdriven tones at lower volumes while still capable of sparkling, clean sounds—making it a go-to vintage standard.
  • 8x10 STV. Big bass tones that have shaken the radio for over 45 years need a cabinet the size of a refrigerator. Get the tone you want, no chiropractor required.
  • 1x12 American. Don’t let its compact size fool you—this 1x12 sealed cabinet packs a serious punch with a gut-rumbling low end.
  • 2x12 American. This classic American 2x12 cabinet can sing sweet, pristine tones and switch to a swampy blues straight out of the delta.
  • 1x12 British. With mellow high frequencies and a classic British chime, this compact 1x12 cabinet is known for its versatile tone.
  • 1x12 Boutique. This 1x12 cabinet will take you right back to the glory days of rock and roll with classic American tones.
  • 1x12 British II. Portable and affordable, this ‘70s British bulldog was a working-class hero to a thousand bands—and a million fans.
  • 2x12 Boutique. A 2x12 cabinet with peerless tone and warmth, ready to rock with versatility.
  • 4x10 American. This 4x10 cabinet is the sound of an American legend; perfect for larger-than-life clean tones and bluesy crunch.
  • 4x12 British. The 4x12 cabinet that has lorded over countless arenas and stadiums the world over with its giant wall of sound.
  • 4x12 American. Raise your fist and get ready to shred. This 4x12 only has two volumes: loud and louder.
  • 2x10 Bass. An aggressive 2x10 powerhouse that guarantees your bass will cut through the mix.
  • 8x10 Bass. Punchy, tightly-focused bass is the hallmark of this 8x10 monster. It’s a sound that you feel.
  • User Cabinet. Build your own cabinet by loading impulse response files for up to three microphone positions here. A wide variety of formats are supported.

Find Your Sound with Pedalboard

No non-Ramones tribute band guitar rig is complete without a mess of stompboxes, and Ampire doesn’t hold back in this regard. The same nerdy State-Space Modeling technology that made PreSonus' amp modelling possible also drives five of the thirteen stompboxes included in the Ampire Pedalboard. And for non-guitarists looking to use stompboxes to warp their vocals, drum machines, keyboards, kazoos, or any other audio source, the Pedalboard is also available as a stand-alone plug-in. The following stompboxes are included:

  • Big Fuzz: This distortion pedal is responsible for so many classic riffs, it would take a supermassive black hole to hold them all.
  • FAT: This 1980s popular pedalboard staple provides three controls to shape your tone for just the right amount of aggression.
  • MP Ninety: This classic phase-shifter has a singular focus and a truly unique sound.
  • PAE Chorus 1: With the flexibility of four pedals in one, this chorus is the standard to which every other chorus is compared.
  • Tube Dreamer: This overdrive pedal offers a mid-boost that has made it a staple for countless players, and can saturate an already-overdriven amp beautifully.

...Plus eight classic Ampire stompboxes from the digital imaginations that have made Studio One one of the most popular DAWs around:

  • Delay
  • Equalizer
  • Modulation (Chorus, Phaser, or Flanger)
  • Pan
  • Reverb
  • Tremolo
  • Tube-Driver
  • Wah-wah


  • Compatible with VST3, AudioUnit and AAX compatible host applications
  • Compatible with Studio One 4.6 and higher. Prime and Artist (included in Professional)
  • State Space modelled guitar amplifier/cab/stompbox plug-in
  • Available in Studio One® Native Effects, VST3, AU, and AAX formats for use in your DAW of choice
  • Five amplifier models suitable for everything from rock to roots reggae
  • 16 diverse cabinet emulations recreate using Impulse Responses of vintage cabinets
  • Pedalboard full of 13 effects, including 5 State Space models of classic stompboxes
  • Separate Pedalboard plug-in also included
  • Easy installation, authorization, and updates from PreSonus Hub plug-in manager application

System Requirements

Studio One (64-bit only)


  • macOS® 10.11 or higher (64-bit only)
  • Intel® Core Duo processor (Intel Core™ Core i3 or better recommended)
  • 4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)
  • Monitor with at least 1366x768 resolution (high-dpi monitor recommended)


  • Windows® 7 (SP1 + platform update), Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 x64
  • Intel Core™ Duo or AMD Athlon™ X2 processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD X4 or better recommended)
  • 4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)
  • Monitor with at least 1366x768 resolution (high-dpi monitor recommended)

Other Host Applications (64-bit only)


  • macOS® 10.13 or higher (64-bit only)
  • Intel® Core Duo processor (Intel Core™ Core i3 or better recommended)
  • VST3-, AU-, or AAX-compatible 64-bit host application
  • 4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)
  • Monitor with at least 1366x768 resolution (high-dpi monitor recommended)


  • Windows® 10 x64
  • Intel Core™ Duo or AMD Athlon™ X2 processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD X4 or better recommended)
  • VST3- or AAX-compatible 64-bit host application
  • 4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)
  • Monitor with at least 1366x768 resolution (high-dpi monitor recommended) 

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