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Softube Vintage Essentials

FX Bundle by Softube

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Analogue mojo for your DAW

Obtaining that analogue vibe isn't easy in today's digital world. That's why Plugin Boutique have put together the Vintage Essentials bundle featuring 3 of Softube's most realistic sounding vintage emulations for adding that elusive analogue mojo to your tracks.

Tape models 3 tape machines in 1 slick plugin and is perfect for adding weight and cohesion to your music.

Harmonics does exactly what it says on the tin, fusing your audio with everything from subtle colour to distorted attitude when driven hard.

Tape Echoes models classic vintage tape delays of yesteryear, capturing all the character and nuance these dusty old machines are coveted for. 

The Softube Vintage Essentials bundle is available for a limited time only.

Tape

Time to get reel!

Softube's Tape plug-in adds cohesion and weight to your mixes. But Tape goes far beyond your average tape machine emulation. It includes three distinctly different tape machine types, and it offers the ease of use and low CPU strain that today's music creators rightfully expect. 

Even in this day and age, it's common practice for computer-based professional studios to run their mixes through at least one generation of analogue tape. Why? Because even when used subtly, analogue tape has a smoothing effect and adds cohesion and weight to a mix—it takes the recording from a collection of individual tracks into a song where everything is connected and works together. With Softube's Tape plug-in, you can have all that and more.

Three Machines in One 

Tape includes three different tape machine types in one plug-in. Type A is based on a classic Swiss high-end reel-to-reel machine, known and loved for its precision and linearity. Type B is much more colourful—it's a transformer-based machine that adds extra weight and cream to the low end. Lastly, Type C is based on a British tape machine with a distinct vintage vibe.

Ease of Use 

Select your favourite tape machine Type, and adjust the Amount knob to taste. In most cases, that's all you need to do to soak your tracks in analogue tape sweetness. Easier still, load up one of the included presets, made by award-winning engineers such as Joe Chiccarelli (Beck, U2, Strokes) and Howard Willing (Smashing Pumpkins, Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson).

Feeling tweaky? Why not start by trying the different tape speed settings—you'll find that the slower the tape speed, the more pronounced is the so-called tape head bump, which adds low end to the mix. Or open the Remote Control panel where you can control the selected tape machine's speed stability, crosstalk amount and several other tape-a-liscious features.

Dense Sound, Light on CPU 

Add a single instance of Tape on your master bus to emulate what most computer-based studios do today—mix in the computer, then mix down to a stereo tape machine—or go vintage style by adding Tape to every single track in your mix. Yes, your computer will be able to handle it. As most Softube plug-ins, Tape is uniquely light on your computer's processor.

Extras for Studio One Users 

If you run Presonus Studio One, you can not only use Tape as a standard plug-in. Adding Tape to your MixFX slot gives you Tape Multitrack. Tape Multitrack includes all the goodies of Tape, but in addition, you get selectable crosstalk between each individual track—and you can easily control the Tape Multitrack settings from a single interface. The Tape and Tape Multitrack license is one and the same. This means that if you're not a Studio One user but at some future point decide to switch to that DAW, you will already have Tape Multitrack installed, licensed and ready to go.

Features

  • Realistic analogue tape sound
  • Three tape machine types included
  • Easy to use
  • Low CPU usage
  • Includes Tape Multitrack which can be used in the MixFX slot of Presonus Studio One—adding individual channel crosstalk and single interface control of all tracks

Learn more about Softube Tape.

Harmonics

Harmonics Analog Saturation Processor

Did you ever try to give a track attitude by adding distortion, but then wind up with a washed-out, lifeless sound instead? Harmonics, with its never-before-heard approach to dynamics in distortion, is the answer.

Guitars, vocals, drums, bass, even synths often need some extra grunt to push them over the edge, but distortion can destroy dynamics and cause more problems than it solves. Too little and your sound doesn’t cut through and fill its space. Too much and you lose the light and shade, the attack and decay. Transients blend into tails, and detail and definition go out the window.

But with Harmonics, you get much more than just five awesome-sounding analogue distortion models. You also get a revolutionary new approach to handling dynamics during the process of distorting the sound. The input signal is listened to and analysed by the plug-in, allowing the dynamics and detail to be preserved and enhanced even after heavy distortion is applied.

Add to that the fact that Harmonics has five totally different-sounding component-modelled distortion styles, high and low cut filters, a mix knob and more, and you end up with a very powerful secret weapon indeed.

Features

  • Five genuinely different component-modelled distortion sounds
  • Revolutionary ‘Dynamic Transient Control’ technology
  • ‘Amount’ knob to control the amount of saturation
  • ‘Character’ knob controls the tone or colour of the distortion
  • High and low cut filters can be placed before or after distortion
  • Wet/dry blend knob for parallel processing
  • THD meter allows fine control of subtle saturation
  • All of the grunt, none of the drawbacks
  • Includes presets by Joe Chiccarelli and Howard Willing

Learn more about Softube Harmonics.

Tape Echoes

Resoundingly Dirty

The warm ambience that tape delay lends to a track can make it transcendent. From Elvis to King Tubby to Radiohead, the ripple effects of tape echo can be seen on important records that span decades. Analogue tape delays are costly to own and maintain and, while plug-in versions have filled the void, they come with unwelcome cleanliness. Many tape delay plug-ins can give you a realistic tape effect, but only Tape Echoes gives you the tape delay you hear in your head—minus the headaches.

Tape Echoes is overflowing with all the pulsating colour and character you need to take your tape effect from authentically gritty to lavishly analogue. With the Drive & Dirt features, you can effortlessly drench your track in as much wobbly, glitchy, distorted delay as you can fathom. And the Just Dirt setting gives you classic, old-school grit when the reverb is set to zero. It's a plug-in plush with vintage lo-fi vibes and it’s an absolute dream to use. Tape Echoes: you can say that again.

Designed by Experts, Built on Legacy 

Softube's history of emulating professional gear is long. After nearly two decades collaborating with such premium audio brands as Weiss Engineering, Tube-Tech, Solid State Logic, Chandler Limited®, and Trident, Softube’s record of perfectly recreating hardware classics in software form speaks for itself.

Tape Echoes hearkens back to this legacy and the spirit of Softube giant Tape. The result is an intensely rich, lo-fi mojo machine primed to make a splash. Tape Echoes is tape delay with the excessively dirty sounds you’ve been waiting for, and quality that exceeds your expectations. Nothing less.

Dripping with Distortion

Tape Echoes’ exclusive Drive & Dirt features let you quickly and easily go from gentle realism to extravagant saturation. Drive offers preamp and tape distortion, while Dirt’s parameters affect tape speed, wobble, flutter, dropouts, and frequency response. Set it to Just Dirt and turn the reverb off to get the old-school wobble and grit of tape without repetitions—perfect for transforming a hi-def loop into a lo-fi vibe.

Features

  • A tape echo plug-in with the tape delay sounds you hear in your mind
  • Softube-quality modelling of classic vintage tape delay hardware
  • Drive & Dirt features let you go clean or extremely distorted—and everything in between
  • A Just Dirt setting for gritty, old-school tape sounds
  • Get old-school dub sounds with lots of distortion, tape wobble, and crushing feedback
  • Easily dial in great-sounding effects with amazing quality
  • Three versions included: Tape Echoes as a native plug-in, Tape
  • Echoes for Amp Room, and Tape Echoes for Modular

Learn more about Softube Tape Echoes.

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.12 or newer (older OS versions may work but are not tested (64-bit only).
  • Windows 64-bit, versions 7, 8 or 10 (64-bit only).
  • Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Screen resolution 1280x800 or larger.
  • Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.
  • 8 GB RAM or more is recommended, as well as at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation (individual plug-ins take less space, while sample libraries may require additional disk space).
  • A Softube account is required to register and install the software.
  • An iLok account is required for authorisation of the software.
  • Internet access for downloading installer and managing licenses.
  • iLok generation 2 and up, if you intend to use a physical iLok dongle for authorizing your plug-ins (note that an iLok dongle is not a requirement).
  • In theory, any 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, or AAX (11.0.2 or higher) compatible host application should work.
  • The most recent maintenance release of the DAW application is recommended.

However, due to plug-in host differences between DAWs - and Softube's own rigorous testing standards - Softube only officially test their plug-ins and instruments in the most recent versions of Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, Studio One, Digital Performer, Reaper and Sonar. Softube plugins are not tested in non-listed systems, but they most likely work as long as the system requirements are met.

Important note: make sure that you always use the latest iLok License Manager. It is not included in the Softube installer but can be downloaded from www.ilok.com​

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