Neural DSP unleashes Archetype: Gojira, the “heaviest plugin in the universe”

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Gojira electric guitar player Joe Duplantier has become the latest artist to land a signature Neural DSP plugin.

Touted as the “heaviest plugin in the universe,” the new Archetype: Gojira offers everything from clean, mellow ambient sounds to the “most obliterating” high-gain tones.

Archetype: Gojira boasts three amps: Clean, which also provides cranked, natural tube saturation; Rust, offering massive gain sweep; and the ultra-gain Hot.

Additionally, there’s a host of effects, including Overdrive, Distortion, Phaser, Chorus, Delay and Reverb, as well as an onboard nine-band graphic EQ and a cab sim with hundreds of IRs designed by Adam “Nolly” Getgood.

Neural DSP has unveiled Archetype: Gojira

(Image credit: Neural DSP)

And the plugin wouldn’t be Gojira-worthy without some top-notch pitch-shifting sounds, in this case via two brand-new Neural DSP algorithms: Wow (a MIDI-programmable pitch shifter pedal with three different modes) and Oct (a polyphonic octaver pedal capable of adding two independent octaves, -1 and -2, below the dry signal). Turn them on and nail your Stranded tones instantly.

Archetype: Gojira is available now for $159, and you can also give it a spin with a 14-day free trial.

For more information, head to Neural DSP.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.