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New Guitar Amp Plugin Modeled from EVH’s ‘Brown Sound’ Signature Distortion Tone



Nembrini Audio announces the MRH-159 Brown Sound — a guitar amp plugin modeled on what is arguably the most famous amp of all time.

The MRH-159 Brown Sound — a guitar amp plugin modeled on what is arguably the most famous amp of all time with an option to switch to a modded Marshall* Super Lead 1959 100W guitar amp head to achieve rock guitarist extraordinaire Eddie Van Halen’s so-called ‘brown sound’ signature distortion tone that many musicians have tried to emulate.

Nembrini Audio’s MRH-159 Brown Sound (partly) owes its notable name can mainly be attributed to the cabinet concerned being loaded with two 12” 8 Ohms JBL* D120 loudspeakers on the top and two 12” 8 Ohms Celestion* G12M 25W Greenback guitar loudspeakers on the bottom, blended with Shure* SM57 microphones, but MRH-159 Brown Sound fosters further creativity for flexible guitarists by offering a choice of six selected cabinet emulations — namely, MRH 4×12 BROWN (based on a Marshall* 1960A 4×12 with two of those JBL* D120s atop two Celestion* G12 25W Greenbacks); MB RECT 4×12 V30 (based on a Mesa Boogie* Rectifier 4×12 with Celestion* Vintage 30 loudspeakers); ORANGE 4×12 V30 (based on an Orange* 4×12 with Celestion Vintage 30 loudspeakers); SLD 4×12 LEGEND (based on a Soldano* 412B 4×12 with Eminence* Legend V12 loudspeakers); BG 2×12 V30 (based on a Bogner* 2×12 with Celestion Vintage 30 loudspeakers); and TWEED 4×10 P10Q (based on a Fender* Tweed Bassman 4×10 with Jensen P10Q loudspeakers), selectable in CABINET mode.

MRH-159 Brown Sound users can choose two virtual microphone (MIC 1 and MIC 2) settings for their amp recording chain, selecting from four different emulated models — namely, DYNAMIC 57 (based on the popular Shure* SM57 dynamic microphone); RIBBON 121 (based on the modern Royer Labs* R-121 ribbon microphone); CONDENSER 414 (based on the classic AKG* C414 condenser microphone); and DYNAMIC 421 (based on the vintage Sennheiser* MD 421 dynamic microphone) — with ON/OFF AXIS position switch, plus continuous POSITION and DISTANCE knobs. It is worth noting that if the aforesaid MRH 4×12 BROWN cabinet emulation is selected then those MIC 1 and MIC 2 settings are respectively related to the Celestion* G12 25W Greenback and JBL* D120 loudspeaker emulations. An associated MIXER section with PHASE, SOLO, MUTE, and fader controls allow for blending of the two microphones and the STUDIO REV (reverb).

MRH-159 Brown Sound is available for purchase (as an iLok-protected AAX-, AU-, VST2-, and VST3-supporting plug-in for macOS 10.9 or newer and Windows 7 or newer) at an attractive introductory price of only $37.00 USD until July 4, 2021 — rising thereafter to a regular price of $137.00 USD — from its dedicated webpage (, which also includes more in-depth information.

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