15 Best Amp Simulators of 2023 (Most Realistic Amp Sims)

With thousands of amp sims on the market it’s hard to figure out which one’s right for you.

So to help you find the perfect fit, We’ve put together this list: The 15 Best Amp Sims of 2023!

But first, if you want to feel proud of your mixes…

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Amps Vs. Amp Sims

An amp simulator (amp sim for short) is a plugin that imitates the sound of a guitar amp.

Run your guitar through one of these plugins and you’ll have hundreds of iconic guitar tones at your fingertips. As you can imagine, a good amp sim can save you tons of time and money.

Who likes saving time and money? Show of hands?

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Before we look at today’s top amp sims, you should figure out if amp sims are right for you in the first place.

If you’re already familiar with them, I’m sure you’ve heard a hundred different opinions on amps vs. sims.

“They sound like crap. They’ll never sound real.”

vs…

“I need software because I can’t make noise at home and now guitar amp simulators sound as good as the real thing.”

There are plenty of different opinions out there, but what do the pros really think about amp sims?

To help you figure out what’s right for you, I set out to get REAL data about this ongoing battle. By interviewing 447 different musicians, I’ve honed in on what the pros have to say about amps vs. sims.

Check it out…

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So… Who Wins?

The debate generally goes something like this…

“Could simulators ever sound like real amplifiers?”

But that completely misses the point.

There will never be a definitive answer as to which is ‘best’.

After all, they are just tools. They both have their uses, depending on the situation.

BUT…

Regardless of the answer to this question, there is one important truth…

Using software is the better choice in a home studio.

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Why? Four reasons.

1) You don’t have to worry about room acoustics.

2) You don’t need a microphone.

3) You don’t have to worry about noise.

4) If time is a constraint, you have a wide range of tones available in a matter of SECONDS.

For me, that’s the biggie.

It takes a good guitarist years to build a versatile collection of amplifiers and find their tone.

Add to that the range of microphones you would need, and the time spent learning how to record guitar to a studio level…

And it becomes clear which is the more efficient option.

Of course, you don’t have to stick to just one approach.

You can have amplifier software, and real amplifiers. Each have their use.

However, if time and cost are important to you, I recommend getting started with amp sims as soon as possible.

Countless guitarists swear by simulation, like Tyler from Music is Win:

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Are you ready to get started with simulators?

I have compiled a list of the best free and paid guitar amp simulators available in 2023. Keep reading…

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The Best Amp Sims of 2023

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