Not sure I missed it or not but lets start a thread for useful plugins.
These should work with pretty much any DAW, usually VST 2/3 (Virtual Studio Technology), and simulate ‘things’ (effects, amps, cabs, pedals etc). Some are paid for, some are free, most have some kind of demo.
Generally you install these and then use them as a plug in in your daw rather than on their own
I’ll try break it down into sections and keep it up to date
(free) RoughRider3 - compressor
(free) OrilRiver - stereo reverb
(paid/free) Focusrite Fast Balancer - comes with scarlet 2i2
(free) klanghelm DC1A3/4 compressor
(free) 808 stomp distortion pedal
(free) Analog rack chorus
(free) Analog rack cleaner
(free) Analog Rack Delay
(free) Analog Rack Noise Gate
(plus some other freebies)
(paid/free) Rekab Dev LX480 reverb
(free) Valhalla DSP Valhalla Supermassive - reverb/delay
(paid/free) Softube Marshal Silver 2555
(free) Neural amp modeler
- amp/cab and pedal sims from - https://tonehunt.org/
(paid) Positive Grid BiasFx2 (amp sim/pedals all in one)
Been using BiasFX2 for a while and its nice to just download a sound similar to what you are after but…
Wow some of the NAM amp models are incredible, much better, and … free! You can run it multiple times for amp/cab and pedals too. Much better than the Softube marshal.
My current ‘path’ is RoughRider 3 → OrilRiver → NAM with an AC30, Marshall , Dumble or Fender twin reverb/bassman + either 'gods cab ’ or celestrion vintage 30 3x12 impulse response (speaker cam sim).
Crazy that there is so much out there and its free. have to Wonder what a NeuralDSP amp sim is like!