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Archetype: Tom Morello

Archetype: Tom Morello

The iconic sounds of a modern guitar legend.



Tom Morello’s guitar playing in Rage Against the Machine immediately positioned him as a modern guitar legend.

His innovative techniques defied the definition of what a guitar virtuoso should be. Combining guitar tones and effects with unprecedented creativity, Tom spearheaded a fusion of classic rock, punk, and hip-hop unlike anything the world had ever seen, while simultaneously writing era-defining riffs for both RATM and Audioslave.

Rage Against the Machine’s live shows were incendiary both musically and also for their unapologetically-held political message. Morello has also brought his considerable guitar talents to several projects outside of RATM, including Street Sweeper Social Club, The Nightwatchman, Prophets of Rage, and Audioslave as well as forming the non-profit social justice organization Axis of Justice alongside System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian.

In a 1993 live review, Melody Maker remarked “Morello wears his guitar high up to wring every sound out of it. Falling bombs, police sirens, scratching - he can do them all.” A new type of guitar hero was born.

We proudly present you Archetype: Tom Morello.

Dive Bomb

Glide your signal from -12/+12 semitones to the target note. Adjust the pedal to control the speed of the effect.


Pitch your guitar from -24 to +24 semitones or switch to detune mode for +/- 100 cents (1 semitone).


Imperative to recreate Tom’s signature lead sounds.


The effects section is unique in Archetype: Tom Morello - as indicated by the small FX Loop icon at the top of the UI - because Tom Morello runs all of his effects in the effects loop, which we have replicated in the plugin. A simple delay offers classic warm repetitions. A 7-band EQ allows you to fine-tune your guitar signal. A one-knob phaser provides signature modulation sounds.


Tom’s iconic 2-channel amplifier from his A rig, used on all of his legendary records and performances, flawlessly recreated to provide roaring crunchy rhythm tones.

Cabsim & IR Loader

A comprehensive cabsim module with hundreds of IRs made by 5by5 Studios. Featuring Tom’s iconic cabinet and speakers from his A rig used on all of his legendary records and performances, ten virtual microphones, and our proprietary room mic section. In addition to the hundreds of IRs, this module can be used to load your own IR files.


Ideal for detailed spectrum adjustment, the onboard 9-band graphic equalizer allows for total control over frequency response.

Post Effects

Stereo delay and reverb provide luscious ambience and rich lead tones.


To perfectly supplement your practice, the metronome allows you to control time signature, accent sounds, and note values (the metronome is only available in Standalone).

Transpose & Doubler

Transpose leverages our proprietary pitch shifting technology to pitch your instrument up or down.

Doubler projects your signal to a stereo field with an adjustable spread control to give richness and depth.


No DAW? No problem! Run Archetype: Tom Morello as a standalone app with no additional software required

System Requirements

  • Archetype: Tom Morello comes in 64-bit VST2 / VST3 / AU / AAX / Standalone.

  • Latest OS Compatibility for Windows & Mac, including Native Apple Silicon.

  • For more information about system requirements visit our support page.

  • Free iLok License Manager and iLok account needed.

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