Nembrini Audio BG Extasy Boutique Guitar Amplifier Nembrini Audio has just announced its new BG Extasy Boutique Guitar Amplifier, modeled on the Bogner Ecstasy 101B head. With Nembrini’s solid reputation for making great-sounding virtual amp rigs combining with the cachet of Bogner Amps, this plug-in could prove popular.

Nembrini Audio BG Extasy Boutique Guitar Amplifier

What a week for fans of the famed Red Channel drive tone! Only yesterday, Bogner released its new Mini Ecstasy 30-watt amp head with a Red Channel voicing. Now Nembrini Audio has just announced its take on the same tone, this time for your DAW.

Bognor Ecstasy Mini

Yesterday’s announcement of the Bogner Ecstasy Mini means we are spoilt for choice!

Red Channel

I have one of the Bogner Ecstasy Red pedals, and I find that tone very useable as a good, high-gain amp tone. Now you can get that tone for your DAW setup, thanks to the new Nembrini Audio BG Extasy Boutique Guitar Amplifier. As a virtual amp, it costs a lot less than hardware and makes it easy to record those tones in your tracks.

Nembrini Audio BG Extasy

Nembrini Audio BG Extasy

Three Voices

The BG Extasy Boutique Guitar Amplifier plug-in has three voices. These channels cover all your main bases for this type of boutique amp head tone. All three amp channels use a virtual all-tube circuit design, so it should maintain the feel of a quality amp played at volume, all packaged neatly into a plug-in inside your DAW.

Nembrini Audio BG Extasy Boutique Guitar Amplifier

Nembrini Audio BG Extasy Boutique Guitar Amplifier

Three Channels

Channel 1 has controls for Gain, Bass, Middle, Treble, and Volume, plus a three-position pre-EQ and a gain boost. Channel 2 and Channel 3 both have Gain, Volume, and a three-position pre-EQ, along with shared Bass, Middle and Treble controls. They also share the Structure, Boost and a Plexi Mode switches.

You also have at your disposal two assignable presence controls with excursion switches that give you either a Loose and Tight feel.

Nembrini Audio BG Extasy Boutique Guitar Amplifier virtaul cabs and mics

Nembrini Audio BG Extasy Boutique Guitar Amplifier virtual cabs and mics


The suite allows you to choose any of six different guitar cabinets, along with four microphone emulations each with an on/off-axis position switch. There are continuous position and distance controls, too. Nembrini has also included a Noise Gate and a ‘cleaner circuit to improve your overall tone‘. I suspect this will all add up to a nice, neat, focused recording – without all the hiss you’d expect from a high-gain amp setup, virtual or otherwise.

Finally, you also have access to a three-slot Impulse Loader to load your favourite IRs. You can blend between all three IRs, too. Controls are available for Volume, Pan, Phase, Solo and Mute.

Nembrini Audio BG Extasy on iOS

Nembrini Audio BG Extasy on iOS

Introductory Pricing and Formats

The suite is available for an introductory price of $39 on launch and will then go up to the standard $137 after 19 September. It runs in VST2, VST3, AAX, and Audio Units formats for Windows and Mac platforms. It requires a free iLok account to authorise the software on your system. The AuV3 format for iOS can be purchased for $9.99 instead of the normal $19.99 via the Apple App Store.

You can read the full details and download a free trial from the link below.

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Slate Digital soups up the Custom Opto compressor plug-in

Slate Digital Custom OptoSlate Digital has just released a new plug-in called Custom Opto. It’s a hot-rodded version of the developer’s FG-2A plug-in which emulates the Teletronix LA-2A optical compressor. The key difference is added Speed and Ratio controls, along with 4 new tone settings. These sound like useful additions to the LA-2A’s characteristically sparse layout. When straight-up LA-2A action is needed, the FG-2A is always there. But you really want to dial in the household opto compressor, you’d reach for Custom Opto. The two make quite a sensible bundle.

Slate Digital Custom Opto

Custom Opto has Peak Reduction, Ratio, Speed, and Output Gain controls. A Tone switch lets you choose between Flat, Smooth, Warm, Aggro, and Airy characters. That sure sounds like fun, switching things around to hear how they sound on your track. The control layout is complete with a Stereo Link switch and Mix knob.

According to the man himself, Steven Slate, the speed/ratio/tone control setup is capable of “an extremely wide variety of musical opto tones.” The thing with an LA-2A is you can compress and limit audio, or insert it in the chain just to get the tube pleasantness it imparts. Both use cases will benefit from tweakable response and additional flavors to choose from. Regardless of how far you push the parameters, Custom Opto still sounds like you’d expect an optical compressor to sound and the program-dependent release stage maintains its sonic transparency. So things ought to sound quite alright from the get-go.

Slate Digital Custom Opto GUI

Slate Digital Custom Opto

Slate Digital Custom Opto – Price and availability

Custom Opto is available now from Slate Digital with the following acquisition options:

  • All-Access Pass subscription starting from USD 10 per month.
  • Perpetual license – USD 149.
  • Perpetual license (Bundle) – USD 249 for Custom Opto and FG-2A. You’ll save USD 50 compared to purchasing both individually.

An iLok v2 or v3 USB dongle is required for perpetual license purchases. The All-Access pass subscription can be authorized over iLok Cloud using a free iLok account.

Slate Digital plug-ins work under Windows 8 or later and macOS 10.12 or later in 64-bit AU, VST2, VST3, and AAX formats. Free trial versions are available for testing.

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Slate Digital Custom Opto Video

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Reason Studios releases Reason 12 with new Mimic Creative Sampler

Reason Studios Reason 12The day is finally here: Reason Studios has released Reason 12. The latest version of the popular DAW comes with many improvements, including the all-new Mimic Creative Sampler, an updated Combinator and new high-resolution graphics. Here’s what’s new.

Reason Studios Reason 12

Ever since Reason Studios announced that Reason 12 would be released on September 1 back in May, fans of the Swedish DAW have been counting the days. And today is the day: Reason 12 is finally ready to download.

Reason 12 Mimic Creative Sampler

The new sampling instrument in Reason 12

We already knew that Reason 12 would include a new sampler, and details about the new Mimic Creative Sampler emerged a few weeks ago. The developer says that Mimic was designed to make working with samples as creative and fun as it should be. For this, they’ve combined Reason’s time stretching and beat slicing capabilities with a granular engine. With four sampling modes (Pitch, Slice, Multi Slot and Multi Pitch), Mimic lends itself not only to beat slicing, but also makes it easy to create multisamples. It’s got a very “synthy” layout with direct access to the sample parameters, filter, envelopes and LFO, so it should be loads of fun to play with and get creative.

Reason 12 Rack

Reason 12 Rack as a plug-in in another DAW

Another important update in Reason 12 is the new high-resolution graphics engine. The entire Reason Rack, including all 3rd-party extensions, now automatically adapts to the screen resolution and lets you zoom around at will. That’s awesome news indeed!

The new Mimic Creative Sampler and the high-res graphics alone would make this a very nice update. But there’s more: The Combinator has also been updated with macros and a new panel editor, which makes it easy to create custom interfaces. Less glamorous, but no less important is the updated browser, which now displays search results instantly, Reason Studios says.

Prices and compatibility

Reason 12 is now available for download. The software is no longer sold in a boxed version. The prices are:

  • Full license: €349
  • Upgrade from all previous versions: €129
  • Upgrade from Reason Intro, Limited, Essential: €269
  • Reason+ (12 month prepaid subscription): €199

If you bought Reason 11 on or after May 1, 2021, you’re eligible for a free upgrade to Reason 12.

The software requires macOS 10.11 or higher or Windows 10 or higher (64 bit).

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