How to use your free analogue-modelled preamp
This month’s free Plugin, Inferno CM, is an analogue distortion effect offering two circuit modelled preamps, complete with high- and low-pass filters and a Mix control for parallel processing.
Whether you want to add presence to a vocal, imbue a drum loop with grit and power, or even work a barely perceptible analogue vibe into a full mix, Inferno CM is easy to use and sounds fantastic. If you’ve not used a preamp – real or virtual – before, though, be careful not to overcook it, as, like any preamp, Inferno CM’s saturation is hard to hear until it approaches fairly extreme levels of overdrive, beyond which it can quickly get overpowering. Of course, that might be the creative distortion effect you’re after, but if your goal with Inferno CM is to make your digital tracks sound more analogue without overtly distorting them, take some time to understand and appreciate the flavour it brings at low Drive levels – in cooking parlance, think of it as a dash of seasoning rather than a dollop of sauce.
The full version of Inferno adds a further five modelled preamp circuits to the two of Inferno CM, greatly increasing the range of tones and colours it can produce from the full gamut of input sources, as well as automatic Output gain compensation. Make it yours for $50 at… www.shatteredglassaudio.com