Rabea Massaad on his synth-equipped Neural DSP Archetype plugin: “You can make it super-wide and go all ‘80s… It absolutely does Stranger Things noises”

Rabea Massaad
(Image credit: Neural DSP)

We are all nuts for new guitar gear, so it is only natural that now and again we all get a little overexcited. And why not? When we see an electric guitar with a polychromatic finish, pedals that do something completely different, or tube amps that get onboard with the digital revolution and give us options for going direct with cab sims and who knows what else, that is all pretty exciting.

But every now and again something comes along that feels it could be a paradigm shift for gear tech; such as Rabea Massaad’s signature plugin suite from Neural DSP.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.