Most amp sims are designed to offer a perfect reproduction of a set of classic amp and effects units. The bizarrely named Flying Haggis is different, though: the developers have that their goal should be to simply produce a set of tones that they think sounds good.
As appealing and impressive as slavish emulations are, Flying Haggis is a breath of fresh air. You have to judge the tones on their own merits, and not just on how close they come to certain classic ones.
The layout of the software is very straightforward, with the top third of the GUI being the amplifier section. On the left-hand side are basic EQ, drive and distortion controls and a subtle single-dial compressor that evens out the guitar’s peaks without destroying the tone.
The right-hand side houses a reverb, a master level control, a selection of six cabinet models (ranging from the bluesy 1x8 Tweed to the all-out 4x12 Rock), and four virtual mic positions.
Our main gripe is with the cabinet models and the distortion tones, which are on the scratchy side. Some users may find themselves having to use an additional amp simulator to warm up these sounds.