Toneforge® Menace
Toneforge® Menace
Toneforge® Menace
Toneforge® Menace
Toneforge® Menace
Toneforge® Menace
Toneforge® Menace
Toneforge® Menace

Toneforge® Menace

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Toneforge® Menace is a virtual guitar rig plugin designed to give you aggressive metal amp tones that pair perfectly with any guitar lead or riff. As the original Toneforge® model, Toneforge® Menace is the first virtual guitar rig plugin designed to take you all the way from direct input to final mix.

Toneforge® Menace is guitar tone simplified.

Ultra High Gain Amp

Who doesn’t love the ultra-thick, uber-distorted tones offered by a high-gain amp head? In metal and hard rock genres, there’s no substituting that kind of tone.

Toneforge® Menace contains a proprietary design for ultra high-gain amp tone designed by metalcore producer, Joey Sturgis. Having worked with dozens of modern metal amps on albums for artists like Asking Alexandria, Of Mice & Men, The Devil Wears Prada, Miss May I, Emmure, Attila, and countless others, Joey has a unique perspective on studio guitar tone. Paring down his engineering and mixing chops to a single plugin, he was able to create the most comprehensive, mix-ready virtual guitar rigs for metal musicians.

Classic Overdrive

Toneforge® Menace offers a mild distortion/overdrive pedal that enhances the dynamic response of the plugin to a guitarist’s playing. The overdrive sits in front of Toneforge® Menace’s amp head and can be used to push the amp further into breakup and saturation.

The overdrive pedal is a great option for when you’re looking to squeeze more out of the amp, but it also supports software-enabled true bypass when you’d rather get that straight-from-the-amp tone.

Cab Room

Toneforge® Menace features a flexible cab room, capable of producing a wide range of mic’d up cabinet tones. Users can leverage the JST Matched Cabinet with four different microphone pairings, or import their own cabs using Toneforge® Menace’s convenient IR Loader.

JST Matched Cabinet

To perfectly pair the cabinet with Toneforge® Menace’s amp topology, Joey Sturgis Tones developed a proprietary matched cabinet emulation that responds and reacts to changes to the amp’s settings and player’s style in the same way a physical cabinet might. This closed loop is one of the biggest benefits to having a virtual guitar rig - by controlling both the front-end inputs from the amp and the output from the cabinet, great tone can be more than captured; it can be reproduced time and time again!

Pair it with any of the following microphone options:


An expensive-sounding microphone capable of capturing the full frequency spectrum in a detailed, transparent manner.


A classic dynamic microphone with more focused midrange and extended low end.


A studio workhorse dynamic microphone placed on-axis for direct, straightforward tone.

57 off-axis

The same studio workhorse placed off-axis for a slightly darker, rounded tone.

Not finding the right combination? With Toneforge® Menace’s Impulse Response loader, you can import any of your favorite cabinet/microphone combinations from your collection. Check out our impulse response packs to learn more.

Studio-Grade Parametric EQ & Limiter

A huge part of achieving mix-ready guitar tones comes down to the post processing, which is why we’ve included a Parametric EQ and Limiter with Toneforge® Menace.

Both processors are studio-grade effects units that could go toe-to-toe with the best dedicated EQ or limiters on the market, but we’ve chosen to pair them with Toneforge® Menace so we could fine-tune them to work their best with this amp. Rest assured you’re getting a fully optimized, end-to-end guitar tone solution with this plugin

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What You'll Get

  • Single-User Perpetual Software License
  • Audio Plugin in AAX, AU, & VST3 formats
  • User Manual


  • Mac or Windows computer with supported OS and supported DAW

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows 7+ (64-bit): VST3, AAX
  • macOS 10.14+ (Intel or M-Series, 64-bit): VST3, AU, AAX

Supported DAWs

  • Cubase
  • Reaper
  • Pro Tools
  • Logic
  • GarageBand
  • Ableton Live
  • Studio One
  • FL Studio
  • Digital Performer
  • LUNA


Copyright © Joey Sturgis Tones. All rights reserved.
Toneforge is a registered trademark of Joey Sturgis Tones, LLC
VST and VST3 are trademarks of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.
Mac OSX and Audio Unit are trademarks of Apple, Inc.
RTAS and AAX are trademarks of Avid, Inc.
Windows is a trademark of Microsoft, Inc.

Benefits of Using JST Plugins

One-Time Purchase, Lifelong Benefits

No recurring fees. Buy once and the plugin is yours forever. No hidden charges, no annual renewals. Just pure, uninterrupted creativity backed by a lifetime of software updates.

Affordable Excellence

Top-tier sound shouldn’t break the bank. With JST, you receive premium quality without the premium price tag. And for those looking for even greater value? Dive into our specially curated bundles and amplify your savings alongside your sound.

Low Latency & CPU Friendly

JST plugins are engineered to be light on your system, ensuring smooth playback and recording sessions. With JST, elevate your sound without compromising your computer's performance.


JST was founded by music producer Joey Sturgis. He has also co-founded URM Academy, Drumforge, Riffhard and has contributed massively to music creators all over the world.

  • 5x RIAA Gold Certified Records
  • 100+ Albums Produced
  • 50+ Plugins Designed
  • 8+ Million Album Sales
  • 2+ Billion Global Streams

Customer Reviews

Based on 15 reviews

Absolutely amazing!

Pretty good

I got this over the Ben Bruce plug in as it was cheaper and it is pretty good. In fact the tone I got is perfect for AA. I use Revalver which is free to start but 5 bucks for the 3rd party vst plug in plug in plus 2 bucks for a guitar profile. I've also tried turning the cab sim off and running the sound through a little blackstar amp and it sounds great. The way it clips is sharp but not harsh. The tone can be shaped for sure but this is still a specific amp and you're going to get a specific sound out. Fortunately that sound is very decent.

Abigor Bile

Before JST, I was skeptical of plugins. I always went direct from an amplifier into a DI box and recorded through an interface. With this plugin, it's as simple as plug and play. After making a few tweaks, I had crushing tone that needed zero reinforcement from a mastering chain. I was excited and pissed at the same time for not using this sooner. If you are looking for something that is simple, efficient, and packs a punch...this is it! \m/ \m/

liam guensche
god digity damn

what you want is here. it doesn't matter what you think you want, it's this. this is what you want now. the only thing i had to do was adjust some frequencies and i had amazing sound.

Good, better, JST

My guitarist is an absolutely tone nerd. He hates Ampsims, and plays a lot of Highclass Amps like, Diezel, Marshall etc... In the Preproduction i send him an Example mix and he respond: wait, why the guitar sounds that good? We didnt reamp yet. In my Opinion, there is nothing more a guitaramp sim can reach. Great work Joey, thanks a lot!