AlexB Releases “Tape and Saturators FX Pro”: Nebula Library of Four Hardware Tape Emulators

June 16, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized 

The European software developer Alessandro Boschi aka AlexB has released “Tape and Saturators FX Pro,” his latest library for the Nebula VST plugin.

Nebula, from Acustica Audio, uses libraries sampled to extremely high specifications to emulate different types of vintage gear, including equalizers, filters, microphones, preamps, compressors, reverb and generic time-variant processors.

The prices are 20.00 EUR for the library, or $25.09 USD at today’s exchange rates, and 65,00 EUR special “Welcome” price for the TSX library bundle, or $81.54 USD at today’s exchange rates.

In short, the newest release from AlexB includes:

. 4 units sampled: ANM, DTE, FTS, MWT
. 38 differents programs at 7K and 5K
. Clean and Driven programs
. Real “Saturation” and “Warmth” controls
. Internal HPF SideChain for the compressors
. Special skin
. Over 1GB library programs
. Available as single library or as discounted bundle

More from AlexB, as he tells it:
“A collection of the best hardware tape emulators FX.

ANM
The ANM Tape Simulator is the first product that uses the analog process for modeling complex analog circuitry entirely in the analog domain Unlike digital plug-ins or processor-based outboard gear. The result is a faithful recreation of the original response, without using the original analog hardware. The circuit has been improved and a custom dard has installed.

DTE
DTE is a homemade unit that simulates a vintage tube tape machine with a mastering tube compressor and a tube saturator stage built in. Class A design, real tape and head circuitry digitally controlled.

FTS
It’s a modern digitally controlled analog device that offers many of the “musical non-linearities” exhibited by the older tube, class A discrete, and magnetic tape mediums. The unit has several compressor “types” with fixed attacks and releases. The unis has been enhanced for better sound characteristics.

MWT (Modern White Tape FX)
The MWT provides a remarkable simulation of true tape sound through the inclusion of genuine tape drive circuitry. This emulation circuit provides the nostalgic rounding and compression usually only achieved by the use of tape. This typically offsets the harshness often found in digital recordings. The unit has been enhanced in the DC and audio path with top grade audio components.

The programs:
Carefully sampled @96kHz and @44.1kHz in a professional recording studio with hi-quality audio and digital cables and master grade converters with audio levels perfectly matched and calibrated. They are precisely programmed without normalizing or other destructive digital processing. The programs don’t sound processed, harsh or digital as most plugins do, but instead sound like a natural extension of the original audio, gluing your tracks in the mix with an analog vibe.

Free demo available.

Programs characteristics and details in the user manual: http://www.alessandroboschi.eu/alexb/doc/Tape_and_Saturators_FX_Manual.pdf

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