DB Audioware Flying Haggis review

  • £49
  • $99

If you want a simple amp and effects simulator that won't break the bank, this bizzarely named plug-in hits the spot

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Our Verdict

OK, it’s not the ultimate in accurate amp simulations, but Flying Haggis’ strengths lie elsewhere. Guitarists who are looking to test the digital waters should try it out.

For

  • Great value. Easy to use. Layout will make guitarists feel at home. Creative presets.

Against

  • Buzzy distortions. The effects may be too subtle for some.
Buying options

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.

Overview

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.

Summary

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.

Tech Specs

Country of OriginUK
Additional RequirementsPC: 1GHz CPU, 256MB RAM, Windows XP/Vista, Mac: G5 or Intel Core Duo CPU, 256MB RAM, OS X 10.4.8
OS RequirementsApple Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later Microsoft Windows Vista Microsoft Windows XP
PlatformMacOS/Windows