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Peavey ReValver MKIII Amp-Modeling Software

The only thing better than having a tube amp for your guitar is having a tube amp for your guitar, plus someone who pays for it and carries it. I’ve gone broke (and have nearly broken my back) playing the tube-amp game over the years, trying to find the cabinet that hides the prize-winning tone inside. I’ll be damned if I didn’t hit the jackpot upon installing Peavey’s ReValver MKIII on my modest laptop computer (read: my old, embarrassing laptop that would have been replaced long ago if I hadn’t kept spending my money on tube amps).

ReValver is an amp simulator originally created by Alien Connections; Peavey bought the product (and absorbed the company) last year and expanded and improved it. The software (for PC and Mac) runs either as a standalone application or as a plug-in compatible with most music production applications. It’s available as a download from peavey.com and on CD-ROM from Internet and brick-and-mortar retailers. While the full program lists for $299, an abridged “HP” version is available for just under $100. Not a bad deal considering that’s less than what you’ll pay for a quality, real-life tube amp.

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