Nick Crow Lab has updated its 8505 Lead to version 1.2. 8505 Lead is a freeware tube guitar amplifier plugin for Windows and Mac.


  • POWER – Power ON/OFF.
  • HQ – Oversampling ON / OFF. Use OFF to reduce CPU usage, use ON to get the quality sound without aliasing (more CPU). When a project or the track is exported to a wave file (mixdown, bounce, render, freeze) oversampling is always automatically enabled regardless of the position of the button.
  • GAIN – Determines the amount of gain applied by the Pre Amp.
  • LOW, MID, SWEEP, HIGH – Tone Stack controls.
  • POWER AMP – Determines the amount of gain applied by the Power Amp.
  • VOLUME – Output level.

New in version 1.2:

  • Mac OS X compatibility added.
  • Two channels (stereo mode to be able to handle double tracks). Each channel is activated when there is a signal at its input, which saves CPU resources.

This plugin is available for free, donations are welcomed.

More info: 8505 Lead free tube guitar amplifier plugin

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