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 SPL TwinTube by Plugin Alliance is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for Windows and Mac OS X. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin, an RTAS Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
SPL TwinTube
Product SPL TwinTube
Developer Plugin Alliance / Brainworx
Price (MSRP) $199
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System Requirements
Intel-compatible CPU with SSE2 instruction set (Pentium 4 compatible or higher; we recommend at least 2 GHz)
2 GB RAM
Windows XP or higher (Windows 7 or higher recommended)
Pro Tools 9 or higher or a VST/VST3-compatible host
Display resolution of 1440 x 900 px / 1280 x 960 px or higher
 1.8  Downloads Released
System Requirements
Intel CPU only (we recommend at least 2 GHz)
2 GB RAM
Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or higher
Pro Tools 9 or higher or a VST/VST3/AU-compatible host
Display resolution of 1440 x 900 px / 1280 x 960 px or higher
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As with all Analog Code plugins, the TwinTube plugin is modeled after an SPL analog hardware processor. In this case the TwinTube processor of SPLs RackPack modular system has been the paragon.

A very good sounding tube simulation for your mixes in the box. The special qualities of the analog TwinTube are in enhancing in fact nearly any signal with the classic analog sound attributes. Now we can fully transfer those amazing results to the digital domain. And where could the warm, transparent and smooth sound of analog tube and coil filtering make more sense than in DAW productions?

Description

The TwinTube plug-in is the first combination of two essential tube effects in a single processor, that is, saturation effects along with harmonics processing. Both stages work separately from each other and are based on individual processing stages. The effects can therefore not only be applied both individually or separately, but also in common.Harmonics processing can be applied to four different fundamental tone frequency bands to improve presence and clarity without raising signal levels significantly. The saturation control can be compared to the sound effects of tape saturation to add warmth and achieve more density with virtually any kind of sound source.

Saturation

In the original analog design, the saturation effects are generated through the tube being pushed to and beyond its normal operating limits. In contrast to semiconductors, a tube thus pushed to such levels does not clip from a certain level, approaching more gradually its level limits and thereby producing its typical tonal result, which in audio signal processing can have such often profitable aural effects.

On one hand (and depending on the amount applied), from subtle to extensive harmonic distortion and on the other hand, a compaction of the sonic event, that is, a limiting effect that exhibits a pleasant, rounded or soft sound. Acoustically and also in its range of applications this can be compared very well with tape saturation effects. Harmonic distortion and limiting are the generally known, "classic" tube effects, which are today cornerstones of sound processing.

Harmonics

But other less known and potentially important effects are a tube's ability for improving presence and spatial qualities through its processing of specific regions of the overtone series. In the analog original of the TwinTube Processor, a special circuit comes into play for overtone/harmonic processing that involves coil filtering working in conjunction with the tube. The control reacts dynamically to the audio signal and a resultant tonal quality is the alignment of level relationships in the overtone spectrum. Such overtone "enrichment" does not operate on the generator principle of exciters (wherein distortion is added to the original signal). The TwinTube harmonics control effects rather a more equalized overtone structure resulting in a sound which in effect appears much more in the foreground, but without doing so through extreme level changes. Thus, for example, a voice appears immediate apart from the overall mixture, "sitting" clearly outlined in the mix's foreground.

Features

SPL modeled plug-in version of a world-class tube effect processor, the TwinTube for saturation and harmonics processing
Tube saturation effects can be compared to the benefits from tape saturation
SATURATION for more warmth, loudness, subtle to heavy harmonic distortions
HARMONICS for more presence, clarity without boosting levels; puts signals in front of a mix
Versatile processor for all sorts of signals and sounds, excellent for vocals, acoustic guitars, drums, brass ...

Settings

The "Settings" feature allows to store four different sets of adjustments. Much faster than with the usual save and recall presets dialogs, the settings can be stored and recalled by just one click. The Settings A, B, C, D can be included into the automation of host applications to apply different sets of parameters to different parts of a song.

Mouse Wheel Control

All SPL Analog Code plug-ins support mouse wheel control for rotary controls and faders. Place the mouse cursor over a rotary control or fader and move the wheel or scroll ball of your mouse to adjust the control or fader. Hold the CTRL (Windows) or APPLE/COMMAND key while moving the wheel or scroll ball for fine adjustments with higher control resolution.

The Analog Code.

While SPL hardware products have been fascinating audio professionals from home studio owners to mastering engineers in the world's most renowned facilities for years, the need for this technology in the form of plug-ins has also been an ever-growing demand. With the Analog Code plug-ins we have finally accomplished our much desired goal: to transfer to the digital domain the high quality we have striven to achieve with our analog processors throughout several decades.

SPL TwinTube - Cello Tutorial

SPL TwinTube - Arpeggio Tutorial

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