Free Amp 3
by Fretted Synth
3.8 / 5     (134 votes)
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Free Amp 3 is a multi guitar amp-sim, with built-in Guitar synth.
  • Includes Guitsyn, a built-in guitar synth
  • 7 different amp types
  • 7 different EQs, all have there own controls for comparison
  • 6 speakers, plus bypass, adjustable by the mic placement
  • Separate MIDI volume control, can be placed pre or post amp
  • Host Sync and Tap Tempo for Tremolo and Delay
  • Noise gate
  • Tremolo, Triangle and square modulators
  • 2 compressors, pre and post amp
  • Wah can operate by MIDI CC, plus has auto features
  • Drive pedal, with a choice of seven overdrive types
  • Chorus with added filter
  • Flanger
  • Phase Shifter
  • Delay and Reverb
  • 128 factory presets
HW Sep 03 2022
(4 / 5)
Sep 03 2022
Hi I am having trouble with this... great app but has sort of a crackling type sound when I use... any suggestions from anyone?
Stoby Joe and The Invizaband Apr 04 2022
(4 / 5)
Apr 04 2022
Here is an example of how tough this plug in is. The pedal board is really really cool. Got a lot of different tones throughout this tune. Only reason it gets 4 stars not 5 is it will occasionally cause a crash.
isx Mar 17 2022
Mar 17 2022
How do you access the presets?
Anonymous Feb 04 2021
(4 / 5)
Feb 04 2021
The amps and cabinets on this plugin is a very good for free plugin even better than hardcore on fl studio, don’t care much for the pedals though to me that was the bad part of it .
Adam Oct 05 2020
(5 / 5)
Oct 05 2020
Great universal amp. Can be used well for simply amping your guitar, but also works for such curios as mandolin. Is also great as a vocal fx Great operation and overall sound!
hamid Apr 27 2020
Apr 27 2020
Stoby Joe Apr 17 2020
(5 / 5)
Apr 17 2020
Just downloaded this plug in and I think I'm in love... It may have some drawbacks that I have yet to discover, but coupled with DVS Electric Guitar by Martin Best (I'm a drummer, so I know little about getting a guitar tone) I was able to get a reasonably legit guitar sound with 5 minutes tweaking... Well worth the download. P.S ... I use Reaper, so I can't vouch for how it may work in other DAW's.
Stoby Joe Feb 12 2022
Feb 12 2022
OK... The downside. It will occasionally cause Reaper to crash. But not often. I keep my auto save set to 4 minutes, so when I do experience a crash I don't lose much. Still my favorite amp plug-in.
Robin Jan 23 2019
(5 / 5)
Jan 23 2019
Fantastic, loads of presets, loads of customizable patches, loads of options therein, yet not too complicated. Probably the best all round free guitar FX suite available.
Robinson Carvajal Dec 23 2018
(5 / 5)
Dec 23 2018
Too bad the Fretted Synth site no longer exists. They had great products. This suite here is my favorite of Fretted Synth but there is another equally interesting version that is worth trying (there must be other sites that still available) and there is still an identical leaner version without the stompbox FX
Moerschbacher Sept 02 2019
Sept 02 2019
Here is that version you were looking for:
dctoe Dec 29 2021
Dec 29 2021
Thanks Moerschbacher!
Pat May 19 2018
(5 / 5)
May 19 2018
This works great for doing Electric Wizard/King Crimson style vocal distortion.
Im pretty dumb Aug 17 2017
Aug 17 2017
How do you install this on FL, because everytime I put in in the effects folder in plugins, it says it cannot open it.
h6uk Jun 04 2019
Jun 04 2019
Same here, help !!
NormanRoy May 18 2017
(4 / 5)
May 18 2017
In FL Studio, the WAH pedal is always very distorted and does not work the way that it is intended to work. I use this over direct MIDI input, but the wah hasn't worked for any of it.
PapaChe Mar 12 2017
(5 / 5)
Mar 12 2017
Just awesome for bass, love it! Works well with Reaper DAW.
Anonymous Feb 04 2017
Feb 04 2017
This is the ultimate "everything in one" VST for guitars. What kind of Amp do I want my computer to think I own? up to 6 effects, nice presets. Really sweet. Thanks Fretted Synth, this is my favorite VST by far. (I use FLStudio12
joseph hail Nov 22 2016
Nov 22 2016
Thanks for all of the free stuff good job .
Bill Compeau Nov 09 2016
Nov 09 2016
I am extremely impressed with this plugin, way beyond my expectations!!!!!
Bastian Sept 29 2016
Sept 29 2016
Cubase 5... can't make it work. I ve unzipped into the vst plugins folder, but i cant open it
Yodda Aug 11 2016
(5 / 5)
Aug 11 2016
!!!FIXED CRASH ISSUE FOR FL STUDIO!!! Go to wrapping settings (that gear icon from the top left), go to processing and check the BRIDGED option for all the FA plugins. Enjoy!
Paramike ... Apr 03 2016
Apr 03 2016
Fix for free amp ... I was having crash issues using multi channels ... I copied directory with free amp 3 to /program files(x86)/Cakewalk/VstPlugin/name your directory ... copy all files representing the number of guitars ..example /program files(x86)/Cakewalk/VstPlugin/guitar1 /program files(x86)/Cakewalk/VstPlugin/guitar2 ... once I had a *.dll file for each guitar ... it ran fine ... no crash ...
Viper ITB Mar 07 2016
(5 / 5)
Mar 07 2016
Wonderful plugin. Bass, guitars (el and acc), keys - you name it. Works like charm on everything you toss it at, adding realism and analog feel.
Jeff Dec 09 2014
Dec 09 2014
This is a great pluggin, but I'm experiencing a major problem with it. I'm using OHM and FA3 works great when assign to a single track, but when assigned to two tracks it causes the program to crash. Any fixes? I'd love to keep using if possible.
ranochordintelligencefactoid Apr 23 2015
Apr 23 2015
Try increasing the cpu usage, probably accessable through the preferences or settings. There are different ways to have the program drain less energy from your computer, or however you describe it.
Yazan Markabi Sept 26 2014
(5 / 5)
Sept 26 2014
Great plugin and easy to use.
TJ Sept 24 2014
Sept 24 2014
OH MY GOD! This thing is soooooo good! Im a total newb but even i am way past empressed by it. It can turn any guitar vst(even the most crappiest ones i have) into a REAL guitar sound. Donate if you can peepz, this is beyond worth it!
Glanz Jul 28 2014
(5 / 5)
Jul 28 2014
Great! Good sounds and very low CPU load. Just a question: how can i load presets or save mine? I really can't find them! Thanks
Anonymous May 14 2014
(5 / 5)
May 14 2014
Definitely one of the best free guitar amp sims. Easy to use, very good sound.
Roman Oct 13 2013
(1 / 5)
Oct 13 2013
This is bad plugin. When load 1 plugin - all work, when 2 plugins - crash programm (Sonar X2, FL studio 11)
sz520qm Sept 19 2013
(2 / 5)
Sept 19 2013
Not bad. A bit fiddly tho.
Dimitris Feb 21 2013
Feb 21 2013
Hi guys, I have a problem! I started using freeamp3 with Reaper however when I'm playing the guitar I can hear my sound twice! I hear a clean guitar and then 1sec after I hear the distorted sound coming from FreeAmp3. Does anyone know what might be the problem? Thanks!
Webslave Feb 21 2013
Feb 21 2013
Hi, you might have a direct monitoring system on your soundcard, so turn this level down to mute the clean sound. Then setup the soundcard driver latency (buffer setting) to a low value to hear the plug-in sound in real-time.
dubali beat Jan 16 2013
(5 / 5)
Jan 16 2013
I like it. it work very good in my Acid pro 7 and FL Studio 10
d Jan 04 2013
(5 / 5)
Jan 04 2013
ncia! Soy un guitarrista 35 a�os y esto tiene todo lo que necesita además de algunos. Ojalá pudiera dejar de luchar contra los problemas de compatibilidad de Windows 7 controlador realtek ac97 driver ASIO Y eso Silly. Agregar a Microsoft para arruinar una buena cosa con otra debe tener actualización del sistema operati
Anonymous Jan 02 2013
Jan 02 2013
trying to install FA3 dll in both audacity and VSTHost. The plugin crashes both on start up (tons of errors). Running Win7 64 bit. Any ideas?
metamorphosis May 22 2012
(5 / 5)
May 22 2012
Great work man. Just rediscovered this and was amazed at the sheer quality of presets.
donflush Mar 26 2012
(3 / 5)
Mar 26 2012
Great sounding plug-in. But it crashes my DAW (cubase 5) everytime I close the program. Everything just freezes up including the mouse. Very frustrating. Also it adds pink noise to the mix down. Is there a solution? Mar 22 2012
(4 / 5)
Mar 22 2012
Sweet FA2.5 so I'm back to check 3.0. I Painstakingly weeded out the Wanna be host progs and the plugins that work with the "Certain" host progs And this one is the best By FAR! I'm a 35 year guitar player and this has EVERYTHING you'll need plus some. I only wish I could Stop fighting the Win 7 driver Compatibility issues realtek ac97 And that Silly ASIO driver. Leave it to Microsoft to screw up a good thing with another must have OS upgrade and the ensueing 5 yrs of patches hotfixes identified vulnerabilities service packs and cover up another piece of garbage OS!Im going back to win 98!!
littlebitannoyed Feb 09 2012
Feb 09 2012
Great sound as soon as applied but doesnt like the mixdown proceedure, crashes cubase everytime. (sad face) any hints on fixing this?
Mr. Bean Feb 18 2012
Feb 18 2012
Freeze the tracks with inserted FA3 first, then mixdown. Good luck!
Dope Dec 24 2011
(5 / 5)
Dec 24 2011
You can't do better than this for free. Awesome!
Anonymous Oct 29 2011
Oct 29 2011
I agree can this thing be free. Very nice good interface and the stompboxes are realistic.I only try it very fast for the purpose to check if it's working. And yes it works under Energy XT software. Thanks alot and if its working after next test im ready to make a contribution ..
Anonymous Jul 23 2011
Jul 23 2011
Worked in Sonar 7. Locks up my CPU in Sonar 8.5 --so bad that I have to hold the power button on my tower to get it to shut down. Task manager does not even come up. Not sure why that is, but I miss this thing. Very cool plugin.
Anonymous Aug 05 2011
Aug 05 2011
Sonar 8.5 locks up for me as well when I try to load a Sonar 7 or 6 song that has Free Amp 3 as a VST.
Andrew Jul 22 2011
(0 / 5)
Jul 22 2011
I tried it with Sonar X1 and it would come up but I couldn't get it to work right plus it crashed on me a few times.
Lapwing Mar 09 2011
(5 / 5)
Mar 09 2011
Makes a mockery of expensive alternatives. Low(ish) CPU and simple to use. Great work.
roy Jan 25 2011
(5 / 5)
Jan 25 2011
Oh yeah real nice, absolutely the best free amp i've tried by far. Big hats off too all involved with this one.
thaman Nov 19 2010
(5 / 5)
Nov 19 2010
Wow!!! What's the catch??? This is absolutely AWESOME!!! Can't believe it is free! I would have been willing to pay for it, even though I am broke!
gon Nov 14 2010
(4 / 5)
Nov 14 2010
Great, really great, however, 2 instances of freeamp3 in the same project will crash your host (cubase, nuendo, reaper). It is good to warn it
king conjo Sept 16 2010
Sept 16 2010
hey this thing is good to have. I use it with reaper and it beats hauling around a big amp and a case of pedals. Also recording has become easier on the ears for my girlfriend and our neighbours. thanks a lot
T Jan 14 2011
Jan 14 2011
Fully agree, this is a must have..a very realistic amp and effect sound!
65743 Sept 07 2010
Sept 07 2010
So good. Been looking for free amp sims for a while and finally found a good one for guitar and bass
disknotfound001 Apr 14 2010
(5 / 5)
Apr 14 2010
Awesome! The presets are useful and the sound is great - I especially like the pedals and the fact that you can mess with mic placement. I'm using this in Samplitude 10 and it couldn't be easier. Can't believe it's free.
Howard Feb 28 2010
(5 / 5)
Feb 28 2010
WOW! This is as real sounding as amplitube and as gritty and clever as Izotope Trash. Perhaps not the widest range of sounds ever, but more than enough for most people aswell as a lot of attention to detail in the effects and the control you have over the sound. Brilliant stuff, if anyone ever tells you nothing good in life is free, point this out!
Without Name Feb 27 2010
(3 / 5)
Feb 27 2010
Really Good vst...It's impressive what it can do...But i don't really like all this amps...
Jay30k Dec 13 2009
(5 / 5)
Dec 13 2009
This is a really good guitar fx plugin! I can't believe it's free! The stompboxes sound really realistic and even the emulated mic-placement is great!