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Mac Compatibility:

At this time Nomad Factory does not support Catalina, nor Big Sur.

Nomad Factory is a major plug-in company founded by the late Bernie Torelli, an internationally recognized recording engineer, producer and composer whom worked in Paris, Montreal, and Los Angeles with legendary musicians and artists such as Stanley Clarke in Los Angeles, Michel Polnareff in France, Marie Carmen in Montreal just to name a few. His work has garnered praise from numerous leading industry magazines, including Mix and Pro Audio Review. Bernie was nominated for a Grammy Award for mixing Cab2 "Best Contemporary Jazz Instrumental Album".

In 2001, focusing on experience acquired through over 25 years of analog engineering, Bernie started developing products reminiscent of 60's and 70's technology. The Blue Tubes Bundle was born. As an engineer working at Track Star Studios in San Diego, California, Bernie quickly replaced the studio's standard plug-ins with his own. A host of top notch player's passing through could not help but notice the amazing sound quality, combined with user friendly features. After being asked over and over if these products were available on the market, in mid-2002 Nomad Factory became an official company selling audio plug-ins on the Internet.

Nomad Factory's product line counts over 120 products today that include Award Winning plug-ins, such as, the Blue Tubes Bundle, Magnetics Bundle, Analog Mastering Tools, British Bundle and many more...

In January 2016, Plugivery Distribution took over Nomad Factory's business following the sad passing of long time friend and partner Bernie Torelli. Since they acquired the company, Plugivery maintained the product line and launched 5 best selling plug-ins inspired by Bernie's notes for upcoming products that included: Bus Driver, 80's Spaces, Analog Studio Rack, Garbage LSD and Drum Tools.

New products will shortly see the light of day with Bernie's graduate assistant Maxence Grandidier as lead developer. Assisted by new, young and talented developers, Maxence, with a solid team of staffs at Plugivery, is surely the man to keep the spirit of the legendary Nomad Factory brand.

Products by Nomad Factory

Latest reviews of Nomad Factory products

A great equalizer, met all my expectations, great price and easy to use. plugin very stable no bugs, soon i will be buying more plugins from this company on this site, i saw that it always has great promotions.

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E TubeTape Warmer
Reviewed By HoneyBadger608
May 28th, 2021

has some really nice character. I picked this up in a bundle last year as there were some plugins in the bundle I really wanted and this was a pleasant surprise that ends up finding it's way on quite a few production sessions. Highly recommend when you need a little tube oomph to your sounds. I tend to use it very subtly but you can crank it and get some interesting results if that's what you are going for.

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Blue Tubes Effects Pack
Reviewed By DiBase
May 12th, 2021

Really good quality effects from what I've expierienced.The price was unbeatable with 49$.Thanks Nomad.

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Blue Tubes Dynamics Pack
Reviewed By DiBase
May 10th, 2021

Was a steal for 29$. Great value for the low price. Soundwise the plugins are fantastic. Thanks Nomad.

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Analog Studio Rack
Reviewed By mansardian
January 24th, 2021

This is a review that comes a little late (it was released in 2016, I think) which means I'm going to be even more honest as Nomad Factory's "Analog Studio Rack" has to compete against the newest emulations out there.

This plugin is inspired by the SSL's famous channelstrip anatomy which, is quite obvious, however I wouldn't go as far as to call it a clone. It isn't, not only because it has its own character (even though it clearly has an SSL tone to it) but also because there are modules included that just don't resemble any SSL hardware.

I have to admit that after upgrading my computers I forgot about that particular one plugin (purchased 4 years ago). In the meantime I got Plugin Alliance's SSL clones and thought I'm as close to the real deal as I could get.

Then I watched a Youtube video that shocked me. A guy compared tracks printed through a real SSL 4KE with PA's SSL-plugin and while the EQ was quite accurate the dynamics were so different that one could barely recognize that brainworx intention was to model the actual SSL channel compressor. The real SSL had a saturated punch to it that got completely lost with the plugin.

This was the moment when I remembered Nomad Factory's ASR. I re-installed it, tried the compressor on a drum group and there it was: a saturated smack that made me grin like an idiot. Encouraged by the sound of the compressor I tried all the other modules and was stunned...how was it possible that I forgot that gem?

Gain staging is essential with this plugin; If you do you get rewarded with a wonderful "analog" sound. I even discovered something that I didn't realize back then when I had bought the plugin: Each module of the rack has a input and output gain knob. This is not just a digital volume knob. I inserted the pultec style EQ in my masterbus, cranked the input knob and brought the output down by the same amount. I noticed that the sound was a bit different but I wasn't sure if I was fooled by my expectations. So I printed two versions, one with the input and output set to unity, one with the cranked and compensated setting.Then I did a null test...And the difference was huge! The cranked version sounded much rounder and warmer, slightly compressed and credibly analog.

I also compared the brainworx SSL EQ with Nomad Factory's "state EQ" and again, it did hold up quite well. Sure, there were some subtle differences but to my ears they were subtle enough that I considered them neglectable. It was more like "ah, a module of another year of production" than "oh, that sounds like a completely different EQ"

The preamp module sounds fantastic on its own and is a great preparation stage for the signal before it runs through the rack modules. Also the VU meters are working smooth and are very useable.

Actually, this plugin is an absolute no-brainer, especially when it is on sale.

If Nomad Factory ever wants to update its GUI to a more modern looking one (foto-realistic? A public design contest would be cool) I'm sure it'll get the attention it deserves. Sound-wise it is second to none.

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Blue Tubes Valve Driver ADR2S
Reviewed By Khr128
October 10th, 2020

It seems to be a very nice plugin, but the Software Activation program that is provided by Nomad is 32-bit, so you cannot activate it on a 64-bit.

Mac anymore. Perhaps Nomad will fix this issue.

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Analog Studio Rack
Reviewed By digitalboytn
July 25th, 2018

I like channel strips, so I thought that I would give this one a go, especially as you can insert each plugin individually....that's a bonus...

The same team that are involved in the ASR project were responsible for Bus Comp and that one's a winner...In fact it shares some of the same features and probably much of the same code...

In many ways, ASR represents the "best of" Nomad Factory's development over the years.

A bit of the valve stage, into an EQ, some channel comp, a touch of exciter and widening and then into the bus comp....very nice....

When you bypass the rack, you notice just how much those little subtleties add to the overall sound..

All in a single package with almost no CPU hit and zero latency...Impressive...

It's important to pay attention to the gain staging to get the most out of ASR and Bus Driver...

(In fact, proper gain staging is one of the crucial factors in making any mix sound good...).

Some "SSL purists" made some rather unkind comments about ASR when it was first released because they were unable to disassociate themselves from their elitist preconceptions...

It doesn't matter if is not exactly an SSL or a Pultec or whatever...

In the brave new world of digital coding, we've moved beyond the constraints of hardware...

All that really matters, is if something works or not and the ASR delivers the goods...

It's versatile, efficient and effective...

What more you need in your toolbox ?

Thanks for an inspiring plugin...It is really appreciated....

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80s Spaces
Reviewed By georgesears
March 20th, 2018

I did a video review for this reverb. Amazing convolution reverb. The first patch gives you that sound you are looking for and that is the selling point of this plugin. Get the demo, load it up on a snare insert and enjoy the trip to 80's. For Synthwave and overall 80's sounding production is this plugin a must.

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