Many guitarists have switched to virtual plug-ins for studio recording and live work. Mercuriall hits the scene with the U530 plug-in, so how does it stack up against the real and virtual competition?  

Where’d These Guys Come From? 

Figure 1. The U530 control panel

Similarities and Differences 



Figure 2. The Clean channel 
Figure 3. The Lead channel 
Figure 4. Tube, oversampling, microphone/speaker options. (I’ve superimposed a speaker over to graph to illustrate the various microphone placement options.)

How It Sounds 


Matthew Loel T. Hepworth

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MATTHEW LOEL T. HEPWORTH has been teaching music technology since 1984. The son of educators, he has the ability to thoughtfully instruct people to get the most from complicated music products and software. He authors the Cubase and WaveLab tutorials for and authored several books including WaveLab 7 Power!, The Power i... Read More


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