Audiority has released an analog simulation inspired by the Marshall Lead 12 solid state amplifier of the late 80s: L12X.

Audiority L12X

The plugin includes an integrated cabinet provided by Seacow Cabs.

The original head was an op-amp based amplifier: instead of using tubes or transistors, the op-amp is able to provide a huge amount of gain with very little or no distortion. However, when the amplified signal reaches the voltage applied to power the op-amp, it gets clipped. Marshall engineers exploited that to provide a great sounding amplifier with very few components.

This little solid state head is able to push cabinets up to 4×12 and can easily sound like a JCM™. We modified the original circuit by adding a Contour knob (to get a more scooped tone) and an additional Boost overdrive stage. We also included an integrated Cab Simulator, loaded with a Marshall cabinet IR featuring Celestion V30 cones.

L12X features

  • Analog modeled solid state amplifier.
  • 2 channels (Clean/Boost).
  • 3 bands tone stack.
  • Contour.
  • Integrated cabinet simulator.
  • Resizable interface.

The L12X is available for download in VST/VST3, AU and AAX plugin formats from Audiority and distributor Plugin Boutique.