TS-M1N3 by GuitarML
The free TS-M1N3 (overdrive pedal effect) plugin has been published by developer GuitarML. Keith Bloemer, a musician and software programmer, was instrumental in the development of this brand (whose quest for great guitar tone led me to create GuitarML).
GuitarML’s work is predicated on developments in “Artificial Intelligence” that have allowed for near-perfect tone matching of genuine amps and effects to be reproduced via a plugin.
The TS-M1N3 plugin is a clone of Ibanez’s legendary TS-9 Tube Screamer pedal with an overdrive effect. Machine learning was utilized to mimic the behavior of the controls (Tone, and Drive knobs), enabling an “exact” replica of the pedal in all conceivable combinations.
The controls on the TS-M1N3 plugin are identical to those on the analog version. The “Drive” knob regulates the amount of distortion/saturation overdrive, followed by the “Tone” knob, which adjusts the tone (equalization), and lastly the “Level” knob, which controls the Exit signal level.
By the way, if anyone interested in audio DSP using machine learning and neural networks can get TS-M1N3 for free and open source on Github. The technology employed to record the dynamic response of actual amps and pedals can be duplicated.
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As previously stated, this plugin is a clone of Ibanez’s iconic TS-9 Tube Overdrive pedal. If you’re anything like me, you would want to have this plugin in your toolbox because it’s free and I enjoy guitar pedal effects. I love patching multiple pedals together to create unique sounding effects, and the TS-9 is one of my all-time favorite guitar pedals.
According to what I heard, the TS-M1N3 sounds quite close to the real effect. If you want to check if a plugin emulation sounds near to actual hardware, I believe you should abuse the setting and see how it handles the signal. And when you enhance the effect with the TS-M1N3, you’ll notice some harshness around 1 to 5KHz, which you don’t notice much from the original pedal. However, with that in mind, this plugin sounds very similar, and I am considering using it in my actual projects.
Finally, this may become your go-to virtual overdrive effect. This plugin is perfect for guitarists. However, you can use it other elements too, for instance, I like using such effects on synths, vocals, sound design, etc.
You can download the ‘TS-M1N3’ from their official website (linked below).
MAC OSX Requirements
- Standalone, VST3, AU, AAX formats (64 bits)
- Standalone, VST3, and AAX formats (32 and 64 bits)
- Standalone, VST3, and LV2 formats