Saturday, April 25, 2020

Review: Audio Assault RVXX (with video sample)

Hello and welcome to this article!
Today we're going to review a new guitar amp simulator from Audio Assault: the RVXX!

The RVXX is an amp simulator based on "an extremely aggressive high gain lunchbox amp with a very big bite"; even if it's not expressely said, I imagine that we are talking about the Revv G20, a 20w all tube little amp, which has a lot of gain and it is indeed extremely aggressive.

Right after you load the plugin you will find yourself in front of the typical Audio Assault interface, which is basically the same seen in the Sigma amp sim: a nice 3d render of the head, a simple one-knob noisegate, a one-switch booster, an IR loader with 12 custom SeaCow cab impulses, and the amp controls.

This head has two channels (clean and distorted) with common eq section, presence, depth, master (which adds also saturation) and two extra switch: aggression and wide, as in the original REVV head.
The wide switch adds bottom end (and some high end in the clean channel), while the aggression one adds some gain and changes a bit the frequency response, basically creating a different sounding channel.

How does it sound? Well, it sounds very good! Compared to the Sigma you can tell this one is modeled on a lower wattage amp: it's more high-mids oriented, which makes it a perfect djent amp (that's why for the sample I have been inspired in making some djent-ish riff), and the gain and attack are really great for modern metal, I would even dare to say that this is probably the best sounding modern metal/djent amp simulator I've ever played, even if it's good also at lower gain settings, being capable of pulling out also credible warm overdriven tones.
Plus, and this is the same also for Sigma, I must say that involving SeaCow Cabs has been a good choice: the impulse choice on these 2 amp simulators is better than ever, probably better than any previous Audio Assault product so far (even if I'm still particularly in love with one of their first ones, the Bulldozer).

Thumbs up!

Specs taken from the website:

- 2 channels

- Aggression and Mid Width switch

3 Band equalizer, Presence & Depth controls

- Master (adds saturation in the power amp section)

- Gate, In & Out controls

- Stomp, Amp & Cab engagement

- 12 Wild Built-in IRs (by SeaCow Cabs)

- IR loader

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