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Warmy EP1A Tube EQ
Reviewed By RobertSchulz
August 1st, 2022
Very nice, free Pultec-plugin. I already got the Waves EQP-1A one at the point where I found this, but I have to say that I often think this free plugin does more fit to a particular sound than the Waves one.
Waves one is pretty profound, fat in sound, huge character (since it is boosting a lot the output also a little distortion) where the Warmy EP1A does it job more transparent and clean, especially vers 2. (more to that in a minute)
Although I really like the plugin, there are a few things I complain about (despite giving a 5 star rating for its sound and features in general):
Version 1 vs. 2:
They updated the plugin to vers. 2 now (August 2022), which is BTW very cool from a developer to even update their free software. They said it is modelled even more to the hardware now then it was in vers. 1 and the sound is indeed very different between both versions.
In direct comparison and with equal setttings, Version 1 sounds way more mushy and more diffuse (It sounds almost like you even would add reverb - maybe due to the implemented tube saturation) than version 2. The difference is really huge.
Version 2 delivers a very, very clear sound (maybe because of the filter resonce is set higher - I don't know), and even reminds me of a "in-your-face" OTT (that multiband-compressor from Xfer) sound, when turned up.
So you even have a big difference between both versions of Warmy EP1A now. Version 1 is still downloadable alongside the Version 2 files and you can have both installed in your plugin library at the same time because they got different names and different architectures.
The dial "Tube Mix" to dial in an amount of tube saturation is no longer available in vers 2., but it was a kind of obsolete feature in vers 1. because it actually reduced the dry volume alongside giving the tube saturation effect. But I actually liked the unique idea of adjusting the tube part of the signal. Would be great to bring that feature enhanced back in, in an up-coming version.
Unfortunately, Vers. 2 is VST3-only. But I bridged it by using vst2shell and so it works in my setup with Live 9.7.
Thank you very much for reading.
(And for the developer: Would be very nice if you can adapt many of the suggestions in vers. 3 if there will be one, one day).
Warmy EP1A Tube EQ
Reviewed By Mark Wilkins
January 5th, 2022
I use this all of the time. This and Rare by Analog Obsession. And I really can't say which one that I use more. Fun little copy of a copy of a piece of hardware, very usefull.Read Review
Lunchbox Amp Sim
Reviewed By Faydit
October 29th, 2021
Just discovered this amp simulation and was very positively surprised.
Good, very naturally sounding, typical AC-30 sounds, clean as well as overdrive tones sound and react very authentically.
The 3 built-in cabinets also work fine (BRIT MRS 4X12, BRIT VX 4X12, USA MES 2X12), I personally also would have liked to see the typical BRIT VX 2X12 Open Back too. CAB BYPASS allows the use of an external IR Loader and other cabinet IR's too.
The amp section alone produces enough gain, in combination with the additional overdrive pedal you can play almost everything easily, maybe apart from Metal.
Oversampling is adjustable from 2x to 16x. The small FX-section also surpised me positively, the Klon Centaur Overdrive harmonizes in my opinion extremely well with this type of amp, much more than eg. the more common Tube Screamer, which I never really liked very much, the - for me much more musically sounding - Tape Echo also is much more preferred from me than other types of Delay, the Ambience Reverb works fine too, although here I had preferred - of course - a Spring Reverb instead. Nevertheless a good selection.
The amp section alone produces enough gain, lust like the real amp, adjusted right the amp plus overdrive combination also can add some more Plexi character, rawness and bite to the tone, so with this combination you can adjust and play almost everything easily, maybe apart from Metal.
A nice, small, not overloaded, good sounding amp simulation for convincing British vintage clean, crunch to overdrive sounds.
Fair price for the quality. Recommended.Read Review
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