NAMM 2009: Waves GTR Solo free for 1 year

This is pretty cool. Waves Audio is offering the GTR Solo amp and pedal simulation program as a free download with a 1-year license, and not only do you get amp models from Fender, Marshall, Vox and more, there are also models designed in collaboration with Paul Reed Smith.

This is a pretty bold move by Waves and I can’t wait to download it and crank it up. I use a different program for amp simulation at the moment and I’ve been itching to try out Waves, after hearing great things about it from a sound engineer a little while ago.

I’ll try to do a review with some sound clips some time soon, but I’ll probably be pretty snowed under with NAMM coverage for the next week, so why don’t you head over to and try it for yourself?

Here’s the press release:

— Complimentary guitar modeling software features ultra-realistic amps,
cabinets, and stomp effects —

WINTER NAMM SHOW, ANAHEIM, CA, January 15, 2009 — Waves Audio announces that its GTR Solo software is now available as a free downloadable one-year license. Featuring 10 precision-modeled amps, 13 stomp effects and 10 cabinets, GTR Solo delivers the GTR family’s studio-quality sounds in an intuitive, attractive software package. Consisting of both standalone application and DAW plug-in components, GTR Solo requires no additional hardware. Guitarists and bassists can simply plug their instruments into their computer, dial up one of GTR Solo’s hundreds of included presets and experience the unmistakable sound and excitement of real amps and effects.

GTR Solo features amp models from Fender, Marshall, VOX and more, created using revolutionary sampling techniques that go way beyond standard modeling. These virtual amps do not merely approximate the sounds of the original gear; they recreate every last nuance. Ten amps are included in total: Clean, Sweet, Edgy, Drive, Overdrive, Crunch, Shredder and SolidState Bass Amp, as well as PRS Scorch and PRS Crush, which were created in association with world famous guitar manufacturer Paul Reed Smith.

GTR Solo’s 13 stomp effects let users created a massive variety of sonic textures: OverDrive, Distortion, Phaser, Flanger, Chorus, Delay, Wah Wah, Spring, Pitcher, Vibrolo, GateComp, EQ and Volume.

Finally, the package includes 10 cabinet models that render the aural sensation of real speakers moving air: 12″ Open Back, 2×12″ Closed Back, 2×12″ Open Back, 4×10″ Open Back, 4×12″ Standard, 4×12″ Vintage, Acme12″ Custom, Bass 8×10″ Pro, Acme 4×12” Vintage Gibson Skylark and Acme 8” Open Back Hiwatt.

GTR Solo is now available as a free download. Please visit for download and more information.

CLICK HERE to buy Waves GTR3 Native from Music123.

CLICK HERE to buy Waves GTR3 TDM from Music123.

CLICK HERE to buy the Waves PRS (Paul Reed Smith) Guitar Interface from Musician’s Friend.