By PSW Staff • November 12, 2018 (L-R) Mike Plotnikoff and Howard Benson STL Tones announces the release of the STL Tonality Howard Benson guitar plugin suite, the first in the ongoing STL Tonality series of plugins. Guitarist Ola Englund [Feared, The Haunted, Six Feet Under] states, “As soon as I opened the plugin, and had the default preset going, I immediately started writing riffs. I was just blown away with how good the first sound actually sounded.” The guitar tones from Grammy-nominated producer and multi-instrumentalist Howard Benson, with engineer/mixer Mike Plotnikoff, have powered a string of multi-platinum hits from Bon Jovi, Santana, My Chemical Romance, Daughtry, All-American Rejects and countless others. Now, these distinctive tones have been meticulously captured from Benson and Plotnikoff’s private amp collection in a VST/AU/AAX plugin with vintage overdrive, delay, and reverb effects. The Howard Benson guitar plugin suite, with 40 exclusive presets crafted by Benson, Plotnikoff and STL, is available for $129.99 from the STL online store. Cabinet module screen in the STL Tonality Howard Benson guitar plugin suite The suite dedicates all of its power to the five classic amps that form the core of Benson’s collection, as well as the production duo’s personal array of cabs, mics and loudspeakers. The modeling algorithms work on a component level to prioritize the expressiveness of physical amps, and offer the smooth breakup from clean to distortion previously found only in the best tube amps. Howard Benson believes that amp models need to be just as satisfying, and plug-and-play, as physical amps—and STL was the team that could accomplish this. As Benson states, “Mike and I first considered releasing a guitar plugin when at one point we looked at all the hard drives and thought of all the guitar tones we had done over the years, and we thought ‘wouldn’t it be great to be able to pull up the sounds from these records?’ We were able to find all the notes, and we kept extraordinary notes, from all of our records, and inside this plug-in are those sounds. Because it took us so long to get to those sounds, when you pull up the preset of that, its not just some preset, it is days and hours of work between Mike and me to arrive at that sound.” The STL Tonality Howard Benson guitar plugin suite is compatible with all major 32- and 64-bit audio hosts, on both Mac and Windows. STL Tones Tagged with: Delay Effects Guitars Howard Benson Mike Plotnikoff overdrive Plugin Reverb STL STL Tones Tonality · all topics Subscribe to Live Sound International Subscribe to Live Sound International magazine. Stay up-to-date, get the latest pro audio news, products and resources each month with Live Sound.