Audiority having been wowing us recently with their lovingly programmed analog style plugins. See our review and demo of the Echoes T7E tape delay emulation, for example. Now they’re back with Tube Modulator, a lovely sounding combo of retro amplitude modulation effects and spatial panning effects melded with some tasty, tubey vibe.
Tube Modulator is a collection of several tremolo, vibrato and spatial position effect circuits ranging from the late ‘50s tube bias tremolo to the late ‘60s psychedelic vibe pedals.
Check out the video above to hear this one in action on an acoustic guitar loop. It’s pretty sweet. If you want to add some warmth, width and movement to any static source, not just guitars, then this is a handy plugin to have.
The amplitude effects break down into the following:
TUBE TREM ‘59 style tube bias tremolo.
HARMONIC TREM ‘61 style harmonic tremolo.
VIBRATO Classic delay-based vibrato before the tube pre-amp stage.
CHORUS VIBE A portion of the dry signal is summed to the vibrato signal to get a warm early chorus effect.
HARMONIC VIBE Like CHORUS VIBE, but the baxandall circuit following the tube pre-amp is modulated to get a unique harmonic tremolo and vibrato mixup.
‘68 VIBE Simulation of the most famous late ‘60s vibrato pedal. This mode is equivalent to the Vibrato switch setting of that pedal.
‘68 CHORUS VIBE This mode is equivalent to the Chorus switch setting of the same ‘68 vibrato pedal.
And these are the position modes:
PANNER Automatic panning designed by changing the pre-amp tube input gain.
LESLIE Early rotary speaker simulator..
WOW FLUTTER Wide stereo modulator.
The rest of the controls are pretty straightforward as you can see in our demo. This plugin sounds great in most cases but can be a little odd if pushed, though you may like this. The analog style saturation can be heard even with the effects dialled to zero and is pleasing to the ear. The interface is clear and it’s easy to understand what you’re doing and start dialling in your desired effects right away. The presets serve as good examples of what can be achieved and great starting points. The price (around thirty-quid/fouty-dollar) is more than reasonable for something you will find very useful for vibe-ing up your mixes.
Audiority’s Tube Modulator is a great tool to have available if you’re aiming to make music that has some organic, analog flavour and utilises some classic pedal effects. Check out the demo and decide for yourself.