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Tone Empire Plugins released Reelight Pro (Tape Saturation and Compressor)

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The invention of digital audio recordings liberated sound engineers in many ways which were not possible in the analog era. Even with all the tools at one’s fingertips, musicians and engineers sorely missed the sound and sonics of earlier recordings. The magic that the recording mediums imparted by default and one which was taken for granted.

Do you hear too much tube saturation on the vox?

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5 years 10 months
Hey all!

I just finished up a fun little project of covering the theme song to the tv show "Drake and Josh". I feel pretty good about the mix but I keep hearing a tiny bit of too much tube saturation/distortion on the lead vox. It's funny because it only catches my ear sometimes, and after listening again I can't hear it when actively listening for it. All of my levels are good and have plenty of headroom. I do have a bit of rasp in my voice and i'm wondering if that's what i'm hearing.

Please tell me what you think!

saturation

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21 years 2 months
the condition at which a component of the system has reached its maximum traffic-handling capacity. Note: Saturation is equivalent to one erlang per circuit.
  • The point at which the output of a linear device, such as a linear amplifier, deviates significantly from being a linear function of the input when the input signal is increased. Note: Modulation often requires that amplifiers operate below saturation.

preamp recommendations for saturation

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21 years 2 months
Could anybody recommend a good preamp (tube or solid state) that would give me the capability to get nice saturation/distortion. I've got the bluetube, but the tube seems to have died. Turning up the tube drive doesn't affect the signal. I'm into a lot of 50s, 60s, 70s stuff. Want something that would give me some nice, warm distortion, if I want it. At this point, my budget is in the $500 - $1000 range.

Vocal Saturation/Distortion

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15 years 9 months
I'm sure there are several methods to the same end in this case, but I was wondering how the vocals are tracked/processed to get the sound you hear from groups like Rancid, Arctic Monkeys, The Hives, etc. I know that most of these recordings are already limited to the max, but the vocals have a certain "old tape" quality. Is this generally done during tracking with a certain pre and mic combo (even recording the vocal on reel-to-reel and transferring to the mix later), or is it better done when mixing by bringing up the mids and/or something else?

saturation plugins, what are you using?

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21 years 2 months
Anyone listened to the vocals on "five for fighting". Of course this is where the stiff ol purists are going to go off about voice, mic, pre, bla bla bla ... But there's more in that vocal sound, it's lo mids are saturated to bursting. You can hear the difference on a few of the tracks that have no saturation.
What sort of plugs are you guys getting results with. I've used psp mix saturator and that works nicely, anything else?
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