Ignite Amps releases SHB-1 free tube amplifier effect plugin


Ignite Amps has announced the release of SHB-1, a digital emulation of a tube amplifier for bass.

It has been developed to accurately model its real harware counterpart, built for Subhuman bassist Federico Fulceri by Ignite Amps, in 2012.

From well fat and round tones for blues, to very tight and focused funky sounds, up to all out distorted, jackhammer-like poundings for modern metal, paired with the proper cab, the SHB-1 can cover them all and
then some. Every single component on the signal path of the real analog circuit has been took into account and modeled in the best possible way to match the original sound, keeping an eye to CPU performances and real-time playability at the same time.

Ignite Amps SHB-1The SHB-1 is meant to be used as a bass amplifier for live playing and jamming, tracking or mixing inside hosts capable of VST or AU Plug-Ins support.

SHB-1 features

  • Dynamic 12AX7 / ECC83 coupled triode stages analog modeling.
  • Mono / Stereo processing support.
  • Selectable oversampling rate (up to 8x).
  • Global input / output level controls.
  • Double precision (64 bit) floating point mathematical model.
  • Fully automatable controls.
  • Zero latency.

The SHB-1 is available as a freeware effect plug-in for Windows and Mac (VST/AU).

More information: Ignite Amps

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Unless I missed something- this doesn’t seem very useful for bass guitar. The eq section is very limited which in my test wasn’t very good for any tone shaping or getting a deep or low freq. bass sound.

Nekro Dean
Nekro Dean

KJ30 did you use a bass speaker cabinet simulator/emulator or Impulse(s) after the SHB-1? I know it is a really obvious question but all the Ignite Amplification amps/pre-amps do need a mic’d cab processor after them to realize there true potential. Personally I am very happy with all thier plug-ins, I know it could just be that it does not click with you/your personal tastes. Hope that helps :)

Actually I didn’t. I’m not complaining about freeware, so it’s no big deal to me. However, I got a deeper bass sound when- bypassing the amp and simply using my Daws channel mixer & Eq with no type of emulation plug-in. A cabinet generally adds a type of character & tone to the sound but isn’t usually responsible for adding low-end bottom. The Eq IMO isn’t really voiced for a bass guitar because the bass knob doesn’t add much bass but is suitable for removing it. I would consider this- as better suited for guitar. It does work good on… Read more »
Nekro Dean
Nekro Dean

I hear you/agree it is not a huge low-end bloomer, It works great for the ampeg svt hammered with a tech21 sans amp for that mid-range grind/bulldoze especially when the carpet rolls are hitting the 200+ BPM range and any blasting. Especially so when using a modern uber down tuned high-gain guitar sound which takes up alot of the low-end. I’ve not used it further than that but looking forwards to it, Will fire all source sounds I can through it, Thanks for the heads up on that KJ30 ;)