Neural DSP recreates the “amplifier that originated American high-gain tone”, the Soldano SLO-100

Neural DSP Soldano SLO-100 Suite
(Image credit: Neural DSP)

Neural DSP kicked off the year with the “heaviest plugin in the universe”, the Archetype: Gojira, and now it seeks to recreate the “amplifier that originated American high-gain tone”, the Soldano SLO-100.

Based on Mike Soldano's iconic SLO-100 design from the late-'80s, the Soldano SLO-100 Suite recreates its namesake's two-channel setup, promising to cover “the entire dynamic range needed by the modern guitarist.”

It also boasts six Soldano software effects pedals – a compressor, OD1 boost, OD2 overdrive, vintage chorus, delay and reverb – as well as a nine-band graphic EQ. A cab sim module is also included, featuring hundreds of IRs made by Adam “Nolly” Getgood, six virtual microphones and the ability to load custom IR files.

The Soldano SLO-100 Suite is also available as a standalone software for use outside of a DAW.

Neural DSP Soldano SLO-100 Suite

(Image credit: Neural DSP)

Says Mike Soldano on the original SLO-100's creation: “I had a circuit I'd drawn up on a piece of paper that I thought was very promising. So I built the circuit up, plugged it in, heard it and [said] 'woah, this is it – this is that sound!'

He continues: “I figured out a way to create a high-gain sound without losing a lot of the fundamental character of the initial note. I wanted all that clarity and detail, but I wanted to overdrive the hell out of it.”

The Soldano SLO-100 Suite is available now for $119. For more information, head over to Neural DSP.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at GuitarWorld.com from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.