Apart from commercial news on the Musikmesse there are also some goodies available this week. The French company Heptode has two free VST effects on its website. Deep Crunch and Heavy Tone are virtual versions of the Heptode guitar effect pedals.
The VST versions of the pedals are very useful and sound pretty convincing when feed a guitar sound through them. The feeded sound must be mono.
According to Heptode it is very difficult to emulate the analog components of the hardware versions. Eventually you can plug the real thing into the soundcard input.
The VST-plug-ins are available for Windows. More information about the effects pedals can be found on the Heptode website.