How to use your free ana­logue-mod­elled preamp

Computer Music - - Contents - Shat­tered Glass Au­dio

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.shat­tered­glas­

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