|Type / Tags|
GigaPulse is Tascam's first VST plug-in for Windows. Using convolving technology, which essentially "samples" a room or acoustic body, GigaPulse can emulate any room, vintage EQ or microphone.
GigaPulse goes beyond most convolving reverb plug-ins with its built-in mic modeling, which can change the quality of the reverb recording or can be used on its own to add vintage microphone warmth to your recordings. The user can select the position of the sound source in the room with a 2-dimentional grid, the perfect effect for orchestral arrangements and other spacious mixes. And Tail Extension technology allows the reverb impulse recording to be stretched for a longer decay, and when combined with Turbo mode reduces the processing load on the computer, allowing more instances of the plug-in to be used.
- Acoustic space modeling via exclusive convolving algorithms.
- Create new impulses from your own recordings.
- 2D mic/source placement – move your source to up to 18 locations in a room.
- Microphone modeling can be applied to the environment or used alone.
- Tail extension lets you stretch reverb decay.
- Turbo Mode reduces the processing load to free up your CPU for more instances.
- "Move" the mic using the Perspective slider, controlling the reverb amount while maintaining phase and stereo imaging.
- Impulse libraries will be available from TASCAM, or download numerous freeware impulses from the internet.
Reviewed By taijiguy
July 14, 2006
GUI: Nice interface, very intuitive and user friendly.
Sound: My only other experience with a convolution reverb is with SIR. Both are great sounding reverbs, but I prefer GigaPulse because you can change microphone simulations, microphone to source distance, and stereo/surround separation using multiple microphones; and I think it sounds a little better.
Features: GigaPulse has virtually no latency, so it can be used live. You can use multiple impulse responses in a cascading fashion. The microphone selection list looks to have at least 25 different microphones. I especially like the Neumann U47.
Docs: The documentation is a compiled .CHM file, although I would prefer a paper manual. But the software is so simple to use that you can probably figure out how to use it without a manual.
Presets: The onboard presets are very nice and cover a wide range of room types, studio quality electronic and plate reverbs, and several unusual objects like a metal broiler and a ceramic pot. Very interesting hearing a Mellotron coming out of one of those!
Support: I haven’t needed to contact Tascam support, so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.
VFM: For what I paid, GigaPulse is a steal. For what the online stores are selling it for, it’s probably still a good deal since it’s only 1/2 to 1/3 the price of some brands.
Stability: It seems stable; at least it hasn’t crashed so far. You do have to be careful of feedback with some settings though, and using one of the downloadable .WAV impulse responses from the many websites offering free ones makes it even more critical that you be careful. The .WAV files seem to be louder than GigaPulse’s native formats.
I’ve downloaded several free reverbs and demos of commercial reverbs, but I don’t think I’ll be using them any longer. This one does the job for me.Read more