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Don't have room for a mixing console in your bedroom? Don't have the budget for a rack of high-end hardware compressors and vintage EQ's?

Don't worry! Plugin Boutique presents the perfect combination of plugins to allow you to bring the analogue mixing workflow directly into your DAW... Here's how:

First, add a preamp to your signal with Front DAW and add the soft-clip saturation usually found in the wiring of classic mixing consoles.

Then, shape the tone of your signal with the rich and musical, analogue-modelled EQ and compressor in Goliath by Tone Empire and add some secret 'mojo'.

Finally, add some vintage warmth, cohesion and weight to your mixes with AudioThing's faithful and versatile reel-to-reel emulation Reels.

Reels

Reels is a tape emulation plugin with built-in echo section and tape-stop effect. Based on an old Japanese portable tape recorder with a very distinct Lo-Fi analogue sound, Reels emulates all the imperfections of consumer reel-to-reel recorders.

AudioThing have modelled three different 1/4” tape frequency responses and saturations, along with all the analogue imperfections of tape recording/playback. Reels will add a very rough retro analogue sound to your mixes. If you are looking for a Hi-Fi mastering tape emulation, this is not the plugin for you!

Reels is based on a vintage Japanese reel to reel, ironically marked as High Fidelity, found in a distressed state at a local flea market. Most of these consumer tape recorders, also due to their age, produce has a very rough Lo-Fi analogue sound.

During recording or playback, the motor noise somehow bleeds in, along with the usual tape hiss, limiting the actual bandwidth available on the tape. Reels recreates all the imperfection of consumer reel-to-reel vintage recorders, including:

  • Harshness: harmonic distortion with loss of clarity (mid-range).
  • WOW/Flutter: pitch instabilities due to recording and playback issues.
  • Ducking: random volume loss due to tape or rec/play head imperfections.
  • Crosstalk: the leak between left and right channel in a stereo signal.
  • Hiss: high-frequency noise caused by the magnetic particles in the tape.
  • Motor: mid-frequency noise caused by the reels motor.

Learn more about Reels.

Tone Empire Goliath

Analogue Behaviour

The signal path of analogue audio running through solid-state, tube and tape gear yields what can be called a “Dimensional Analogue Sound”. Besides the saturation that occurs in the analogue world, the sounds also get naturally “compressed” and bumped or reduced in certain frequencies. Hence in order to accurately model analogue outboard, Tone Empire modelled and provide on this plugin, the ability to choose type of saturation, an envelope shaper and an analogue modelled equalizer. This makes Goliath a true “Analogue Mojo Box”.

Tone Colors

Choose from Solid State (Silver), Tube (Gold) & Tape (Titanium) saturation with the Tone selector. Silver brings a clean style saturation, with Gold you get more grit and edge, and Titanium brings the tape harmonics and punchy saturation to your audio. You can go from very subtle sounding to edgy. Increase apparent loudness without raising peak levels, and make your sounds cut through in a mix, or add a nice warm glow. These 3 very distinct flavours give you plenty of tone control additionally with the “Input/Drive” control and the “Roof” control. Easy to dial in the sweet spot and details you want.

Envelope + EQ

The Envelope and EQ become the final but invaluable piece of tone shaping tools. Looking for aggressive drums with punchy sustained sound? Or hard-edged “attacky” vocals? This section lets you mould the sound shape you desire using the “Motion” control going from “splat” to “sharp”. Thin out pianos, strings & guitars with presence and air, or thicken up synths, bass guitar, kick drums etc. Detailed tweaking allowed on this one to dial in the sweet spots. Blend in this processing with your dry sounds using the wet/dry mix control.

Learn more about Goliath.

United Plugins Front DAW

The digital world with its clarity and accuracy sometimes lacks some of the vibe from the old times. This is why English producer and remixer Greg Brimson approached United with his idea for a dream plugin. 'Create a front door for every recording, and call it Front DAW. So that every track would have a true analogue input.' Thanks to him you can turn your DAW Mixer into a real Analogue Console.

Every Track Different with VARM

Take advantage of United Plugins' Variable Analogue Random Modeling technology. VARM is technology based on knowledge of chaotic behaviour and randomness of the analogue world. Thanks to VARM, each plugin instance acts slightly different. VARM models randomness of the subtle differences of the values of the electrical parts - exactly as is the case in the real electrical units and real console channels.

Three Types of Saturation

BR/US/GE buttons represent three types of analogue circuits you may choose from. BR represents classic fat British consoles, US stands for legendary punchy American style input. Switching to GE will give you velvet sounding colourful vintage German tube console.

The Mojo

Turning the Mojo knob lets you decide the amount of saturation your tracks get. The effect is rather subtle and gentle because Front DAW is intended to be used on many tracks simultaneously.

Saturate Every Track

Thanks to advanced modelling technology, Front DAW is very CPU-friendly. It is designed to be used on every single track of your mix (if desired).

Hassle-Free Software Protection

No iLok, no dongle or internet access is required for activation. This software uses licence files to activate your software. You can freely use the purchased software on all your computers as long as you are the user.

Learn more about Front DAW.

Reels System Requirements

Mac

  • OS X 10.7 – macOS 10.15.
  • Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM.
  • VST2, VST3, AU, or AAX, 64-bit host.

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8, 10 (64 bit).
  • Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 4 GB RAM.
  • VST2, VST3, or AAX, 64-bit host.

Goliath System Requirements

Mac

  • macOS High Sierra 10.13 or later (Catalina Supported - 64-bit only)
  • VST / AU / AAX (64-bit host required)
  • AMD Ryzen or equivalent
  • 2 GB RAM / 300 MB HD Required
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768

Windows

  • Windows 10 (64-bit only)
  • VST / AAX (64-bit host required)
  • AMD Ryzen or equivalent
  • 2 GB RAM / 300 MB HD
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768

Important note: this software is 64-bit compatible only and will not function on 32-bit systems.

Front DAW System Requirements

Mac

  • macOS 10.10 and newer
  • 64-bit only
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support
  • VST2, VST3, AAX or AU compatible host

Windows

  • Windows 8-10
  • 32-bit or 64-bit
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support
  • VST2, VST3 or AAX compatible host

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