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+10db is a channel strip plugin meticulously modeled after one of the industries most iconic hardware compressors. Unless you refuse to listen to any music after Beethoven, you most certainly have heard this unit in action. Best yet, this is the first time this hardware unit has been available in plugin format.
+10db is the first of it’s kind channel strip plugin. This plugin is modelled after a very highly sought after compressor hardware unit. We didn’t just use the hardware unit for inspiration, we dug in deep and made sure that it sounded just like the original.
Why did we model this unit?
Here’s the deal. It seems like everybody is modeling hardware these days, but we wanted to do something a little different. We didn’t want to model any hardware units that have been done a million times. We wanted to do something that had never been done before but has been an icon in the recording industry, and the only way to do that was to team up with producer/mixer David Bendeth. He just happened to have a few of these in his rack, so he sent us one to pore over.
Unless you stopped listening to music after “Johnny B Goode” then you have most definitely heard this hardware unit many many times. Think of Led Zeppelin drums.
In order to get this same compressor in hardware, not only would you have to pay over $2,000 to get one, but you’d have to deal with all the other drawbacks of using analog hardware. For a very small fraction of the price, you can get that same sound in the much more convenient software format. There are really no downsides (unless you live in Alaska an need a room heater).
A few extra features
Since we weren’t bound by the limits of the analog hardware, we took the liberty of adding a couple features that make this even more powerful than the original hardware. For one, we added a “Dry Passthrough” knob that makes parallel compression super easy, without having to set up extra buses.
3 Plugins in 1
When you buy the +10db bundle, you actually walk away with three separate plugins: +10db Compressor, +10db Equaliser and +10db Channel Strip.
+10db Compressor is meticulously modelled after one of the industries most iconic hardware compressors. Unless you refuse to listen to any music after Beethoven, you most certainly have heard this unit in action. Best yet, this is the first time this hardware unit has been available in plugin format.
+10db Compressor is the first of it’s kind channel strip plugin. This plugin is modelled after a very highly sought after compressor hardware unit. We didn’t just use the hardware unit for inspiration, we dug in deep and made sure that it sounded just like the original.
+10db Equaliser is meticulously modelled after the EQ section of a very highly sought after hardware channel strip.
+10db Equaliser takes the EQ section from our +10db Channel strip plugin and puts it in a dedicated plugin. This plugin faithfully recreates the curves and subtleties of this hardware equaliser unit.
What is so special about this EQ?
This EQ takes a different approach to equalization than your standard digital EQ. Instead of the standard series configuration, this EQ uses a parallel configuration, which makes for some very interesting effects, especially for bands that are close together. You will notice that you can use more extreme boost and cut settings without going into that harsh realm.
And of course, in order to preserve the spectral integrity of analog filters, we do not do any of the digital pre-warping tricks. Instead, each filter has a nice symmetric frequency response all the way up to Nyquist frequency, giving it a much more natural and musical response in the high frequencies.
The layout of this EQ makes you work with a different part of your brain than the standard parametric EQ. Don’t get us wrong, we love parametric EQs too, but working with this EQ definitely opens up the creative side of our brain, which can open up entirely new creative possibilities.
- Windows (32/64): VST2, VST3, RTAS, AAX Native
- Mac (32/64): AU, VST2, VST3, RTAS, AAX Native
An EQ/comp curio reborn in software form Californian developer Boz Digital Labs has collaborated with veteran producer/mixer David Bendeth for the...
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