There’s plenty of buzz within the Mac and iOS music making scenes surrounding software program firm Klevgränd’s newest launch.

After spending just a few days with each the iOS and macOS variations of STARK, their ‘ridiculously slick and playable’ amp simulator, i’m comfortable to report that any and all hype surrounding this factor is completely justified.

It sounds bloody good.

STARK is a completely fledged amp simulator aimed squarely at guitarists, bass guitarists and synth/keyboard/midi controller customers. Regardless of its clear, simple appears to be like, uncomplicated set of controls and modest price ticket, STARK someway manages to sound simply pretty much as good (if not higher) than plenty of different excessive profile amp sims out there right now. (I’m taking a look at you, Amplitube)

As I discussed beforehand, it’s out there to Apple music makers on each macOS as an Audio Unit plugin and on iOS as an Audio Unit Model three app. That is essential as on the time of writing I’m fairly positive STARK is one in every of, if not the the one AUv3 amp simulator out there.

 

Totally Featured

You’re getting plenty of bang on your buck right here. STARK is packing 4 distinct modules – Amplifier, Cupboard, Room and a Pedal board. The modules course of all audio individually, which lets you mix totally different amplifiers with totally different cupboards and rooms to create a whole lot of distinctive sounds.

What Klevgränd say separates STARK from different amp simulators is that the cab, amp and atmosphere modules are constructed on their very own algorithms that “doesn’t contain any convolution or FFT evaluation.”

“This strategy renders a extra pure response to dynamics over the entire frequency spectrum, plus the power to fine-tune every profile in ways in which simply isn’t attainable when utilizing convolving strategies.”

Be at liberty to evaluate for your self by testing the earlier than and after comparability audio samples beneath.

 

 

Arms-On

Out of the field STARK sounds unbelievable. It’s useless straightforward to seek out an excellent sound to jam with in its listing of presets, however issues get much more fascinating while you begin attending to grips with the totally different enhancing choices.

You’ll be able to go as deep as you need right here. Learners will love diving proper in and rocking out with the pre-existing sounds constructed into STARK, whereas the extra adventurous person can tinker and tweak nearly each facet of their sound.

Whereas there’s greater than sufficient sonic content material to maintain the overwhelming majority of customers comfortable for a very long time, I’d like to see STARK expanded upon in future.

Including person created content material/presets (a la Audiokit’s Synth One and D1 patch updates or Constructive Grid’s ToneCloud) can be nice to see at some stage. Increasing the variety of simultaneous Stomp field results to greater than 4 (with out having to load one other occasion of the plugin on a observe) would additionally permit customers better customization choices.

Within the video beneath I share slightly extra information on STARK and put it by way of its paces on each macOS and iOS.

 

 

STARK’s clear interface and daring, straightforward to make use of controls are one thing that inexperienced persons particularly will recognize, however don’t let these cool graphics and chunky management knobs idiot you.

There’s some critically highly effective customization choices underneath the hood right here.

When you familiarize yourself with STARK’s interface, you’ll have the ability to produce killer tones that rival outcomes out there in different, vastly costlier Amp sims in the marketplace proper now.

  Klevgr STARK Amp Sim Review 1

Conclusion

Positives

Dozens of top of the range presets allow you to get a style for a few of STARK’s finest sounds immediately

One in all (if not THE) first AUv3 Amp Sim on iOS

Clear and straightforward to navigate UI makes the Plugin a pleasure to make use of for inexperienced persons and ‘execs’ alike

Sounds simply pretty much as good (if not higher) than plenty of different excessive profile amp sims out there right now at a fraction of the worth

Negatives

Is it incorrect to need *extra* customization choices? Greater than 4 Stomp packing containers at a time can be an excellent addition.