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Grind Machine II Guitar Amp and Impulse Response Plugin Free

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To celebrate Mexico's Independence, Audio Assault is giving away Grind Machine II, a guitar amp and cab simulator plug in for free. Offer valid until September 16th 11:59 pm CST.

Site shows $7.00 price discounted from $39.99. Add to cart to see $0.00 price.

Third party impulse response files (.wav format) can be added to the vst IR folder. Lots of free IR's available online.

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Thanks for posting this. I have no experience with Audio Assault but only an e-mail address was required to download which is nice. I already have a Helix LT, but i'll try this out.
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Thanks for posting this. I have no experience with Audio Assault but only an e-mail address was required to download which is nice. I already have a Helix LT, but i'll try this out.
I use Helix Native and this definitely isn't in the same category, but it loads fast and has enough features to still be sort of fun
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It's a software, 10 downloads remaining. Good luck!
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It's a software, 10 downloads remaining. Good luck!
I believe the 10 downloads is per-user. It said the same thing when I downloaded it.
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Do you just plug the guitar to Mic input? I don't think a lot of laptops have line-in anymore. I heard some people blow their sound cards with these.
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Do you just plug the guitar to Mic input? I don't think a lot of laptops have line-in anymore. I heard some people blow their sound cards with these.
I use a focusrite usb audio interface, but there are cheaper options. A Rocksmith cable or similar instrument-to-usb cable should work. You'd also want an ASIO driver installed for low-latency audio. ASIO4ALL is free if you don't have another driver already.

Not sure about the exploding sound cards. Haven't heard of that issue. Might depend on how fast you playEEK!

Since this is a plugin, you'll need a vst host application/DAW too, but you probably knew that. Just trying to be thorough.
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I use a focusrite usb audio interface, but there are cheaper options. A Rocksmith cable or similar instrument-to-usb cable should work. You'd also want an ASIO driver installed for low-latency audio. ASIO4ALL is free if you don't have another driver already.

Not sure about the exploding sound cards. Haven't heard of that issue. Might depend on how fast you playEEK!

Since this is a plugin, you'll need a vst host application/DAW too, but you probably knew that. Just trying to be thorough.
I have the Rocksmith cable, an electric guitar, and a decent laptop, and a small amp. But I'm completely new to this. It looks like a virtual amp effect, so I need a virtual amp program? Vst host/DAW= virtual amp? Any you recommend?
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Awesome find - thanks!!!

1) Get DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software:
You can Google "Free DAW" or download something like "ProTools First"
On a MAC, you can get GarageBand free in Apple Online Store.
If you use garageband, heres how to install a plugin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlreWvaQyB0

2) Get an hardware interface (Focusrite Solo, Focusrite 2i2, IRig HD, IRIG HD2, I Rig Pro, Universal Audio Apollo, Universal Audio Arrow, etc). Typically the cost increases when you get more than 1 input (i.e. allowing Mic and Guitar at same time) and/or a few high end interfaces allow processing of certain plug ins onboard the interface to reduce latency and inprove quality (Universal Audio Interfaces - these are pro studio quality interfaces and are pretty expensive). Focusrite is also used my many pro/home studio musicians so they are darn good for the price.
Not sure if Rocksmith cable only is enough but typically you need an interface that will convert your guitar level input to digital signal (sent over USB) to your computer (where it is processed by the software plugin/daw) and then output either through your computer audio output (speakers, headphones) -and/or- the processed signal is sent back to the interface (via same USB) where you can monitor via headphones (or send signal out to powered speakers/studio monitors, etc).
I currently use the Yamaha Steinberg CI 1 (an older interface) but it is still supported with drivers for my computer from Yamaha. It works pretty well.
Focusrite Scarlett (currently 3rd generation) is probably the best way to go as it is great audio quality for the price. It has very good internal preamps which result in low noise and a clean signal. You also dont want a cheap interface or slow computer as you can run into "latency" (the delay between when you do something, strike a string to when it registers in the SW).
IRig is interesting as it is a portable option you can use with you iPhone, iPad, etc for a true portable/travel solution (I also have a Traveller Guitar plug via guitar cable to the IRig 2 HD to my iPhone via Lightning cable where I can monitor and Jam via Headphones for a very cool practice/portable Rig). Note: you want a "Digital interface" (not the older kind that plugs in via 3.5mm headphone cable... those are analog and are cheap and work ...but can be are noisy).

Note: You can download free (and trial) versions of other software (not DAW) like Bias AMP, Bias FX, Bias Pedal, Amplitube for you Computer & mobile devices and they sound/work great. Also JAMUP (mobile only) is a cool software. You don't need to use DAW software with many of these (can use "standalone").

While I love my real tube amps, these digital "Plug Ins" (amp & effect simulations) are pretty cool and can give you a full studio sound right at your computer. You can also start to explore the world of "IR's" (impulse responses) which are recorded profiles of speakers, cabinets and mic placements to really give that "in the room" feel to your tones. Theres a whle cottage industry of people who record and sell IR's (Hislop, OwnHammer, etc) and many free ones out there.
Personally, I run GUITAR>INTERFACE>MAC>GARAGEBAND (or Standalone SW like BiasFX 2)> INTERFACE> Headphones or Powered Studio monitors (sounds great).
If you really get into it, you may find yourself with a $400 Universal Audio Interface, Neural DSP amp simulations/plug ins and some nice studio monitors.
There are proprietary systems which act similarly all in one box able to be taken to gig, etc (upcoming Neural Quad Cortex .... or currently out Kemper, AxeFX, Headrush, Helix. which are more locked amp "modelers" or "profilers" which have their own interface & methods of trying to get the ultimate guitar tone). Or you could even go the direction of using your own Tube amp with something like the UA Audio OX Box, Boss Tube amp expander , or Two notes Captor, etc... You can load IR's into some of these just like your DAW software (but some like OX Box use their own algorithms and don't allow loading in others ..but their algorithms are exceptional anyway).
There are tons of options but the Interface>Computer>Software>Powered Monitors/headphones is a cool way to dip your toes in (or go down the full rabbit hole).

All that being said, you really only need a decent interface and Gargeband which has all sorts of drum backsing tracks, amps and FX built in (and sounds great). That alone can keep you busy for ages.

Good luck.
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Can't beat free, plus you can add on the 'Reloaded' expansion with an extra 8 amps for just $5. So total of $5 for a bunch of amp/cab sims. Been looking for a cheap ISL to try, I'll give it a shot!
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use fake email works fine
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Thanks OP!
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Can't beat free, plus you can add on the 'Reloaded' expansion with an extra 8 amps for just $5. So total of $5 for a bunch of amp/cab sims. Been looking for a cheap ISL to try, I'll give it a shot!
I saw that deal. It specifically mentioned it is loaded with 23 Seacow cabs/IRs which probably means the 15 IRs with the free deal (GMII) are also SeaCow IRs. If you like them, check out https://seacowcabs.wordpress.com/
Seacow has a ton of free IRs I don't know if any are the same as the ones they are charging for here. I don't use IRs much myself but from what I've read these are great for free ones. Note the site is a mixture of Spanish and English.
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These guitar software deals always send me down a frustrating rabbit hole for hours. I read the helpful comments in the thread in earnest trying to learn what do do and then I eventually give up.


This software seems like it would be virtual guitar amp. I am picturing plugging my guitar into my usb port on my pc with my Rocksmith cable, launching a GUI that looks like an guitar amp where I am fiddling with knobs using my mouse and have fun playing with different sounds.

After I install it I cant find an .exe that I can launch to get me to the software.

I read the thread again several times. Install ProTools First software after setting up the required accounts. Find that Pro Tools First is a daunting piece of software and I cant figure out how it is even supposed to work together to get me to this Grind Machine software.


I just want to plug my guitar into my PC with my Rocksmith cable and have a virtual picture of an amplifier on my screen that I can fiddle with the knobs on and make fun noise. What is the easiest way to do that?
Can that be done with this software on its own and I am just not doing it right?
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These guitar software deals always send me down a frustrating rabbit hole for hours. I read the helpful comments in the thread in earnest trying to learn what do do and then I eventually give up.


This software seems like it would be virtual guitar amp. I am picturing plugging my guitar into my usb port on my pc with my Rocksmith cable, launching a GUI that looks like an guitar amp where I am fiddling with knobs using my mouse and have fun playing with different sounds.

After I install it I cant find an .exe that I can launch to get me to the software.

I read the thread again several times. Install ProTools First software after setting up the required accounts. Find that Pro Tools First is a daunting piece of software and I cant figure out how it is even supposed to work together to get me to this Grind Machine software.


I just want to plug my guitar into my PC with my Rocksmith cable and have a virtual picture of an amplifier on my screen that I can fiddle with the knobs on and make fun noise. What is the easiest way to do that?
Can that be done with this software on its own and I am just not doing it right?
Some plug-ins offer a stand-alone executable and GUI, but many like the one in this post only run inside a host application. Typically, the host application is a DAW that adds a boatload of functions for recording and manipulating audio. If you're new to them, DAWs can seem extremely complicated.

There are some lightweight VST hosts available without all the extras. I don't have any experience with them so I won't recommend anything specific, but google returned some results when I searched for 'simple vst host'.

If you want something mainstream without all the complexities of a full-blown DAW, maybe try something like the free 'custom-shop' version of AmpliTube from IK Multimedia. It's not exactly plug and play as you'll still need to get an ASIO driver installed and your audio settings configured, but the learning curve is a lot shorter than with a full-featured DAW.

Hopefully someone else in the forum here can offer some other alternatives. Good luck!
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