what do you think about Softube effects?

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tappert
KVRist
101 posts since 27 Apr, 2012

Post Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:13 am

Hi,

I noticed that nobody mentioned Softube in the previous thread "Which Companies Score a 10/10? - In Effects"

I know that sound quality is not the only requirement in this ranking but I was a bit surprised to see the results as their products are quite expensive.

So, what do you think about their effects?

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sqigls
KVRAF
3045 posts since 25 Dec, 2004 from Melbourne, Australia

Re: what do you think about Softube effects?

Post Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:13 am

i think they're smashing. all iLok gripes aside :P
they obviously sound superb, and I don't think i've ever actually had a Softube plugin crash on me.

Robmobius
KVRAF
3094 posts since 10 Sep, 2010 from A shit hole (Ireland).

Re: what do you think about Softube effects?

Post Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:27 am

Definitely one of the best companies around in terms of quality... But they have always been on the more expensive side.
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trmupstage
KVRist
246 posts since 25 Sep, 2002 from Chicago

Re: what do you think about Softube effects?

Post Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:37 am

I own so much of their stuff. Great sound and super low CPU usage. Warbler is not my favorite, but once they are installed, it's pretty hard to beat them. I don't know how they make them sound so good with such a low processor hit. Definitely worth having.

sl1200mk2
KVRist
97 posts since 6 Jun, 2003

Re: what do you think about Softube effects?

Post Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:14 am

I think the majority of their plugins are pretty incredible and among the best in the business. While expensive, they consistently run sales and you can regularly find users here (and probably other forums) selling licenses. I've been able to get nearly all of mine for at least 50% off and many cases more than that, so with some patience it's well worth it.

I've liked their stuff so much it led me into really looking into their Console 1 unit which again I was able to find in mint condition used at a great deal with the Brit Class A included. With Console 1, I really didn't 'get it' all this time and overlooked it until recently, but once I researched it and then actually got my hands on one I was pretty blown away. So much so I bid on and won their Volume 1 package in this years KVR Charity Auction to basically complete the portfolio. Only thing I don't have yet which I still want is their Tape sim which I'm waiting to go on sale at some point.

There's a few of their plugins that I'm not interested in, but Console 1 (Brit Class A / SSL 4K), Tube-Tech channel and Summit channel have become the basis for nearly everything I do now. I use some UAD and Kush plugins for additional compression and character, then Sonnox and FabFilter for surgical EQ's and limiting.

Just blows me away the selection and quality of stuff we have to use today!

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rod_zero
KVRAF
2874 posts since 28 Jan, 2011 from MEXICO

Re: what do you think about Softube effects?

Post Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:52 am

Their effects are more geared towards vintage emulations. They are pretty good.

I do like their instruments, heartbeat sounds great and modular is innovative and sounds superb. }

The iLok stuff I don't like it, but it isn't that much of a deal breaker,
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Faland
KVRist
71 posts since 9 Feb, 2017

Re: what do you think about Softube effects?

Post Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:33 am

With Soundtoys they are the best plugins I ever used.
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MogwaiBoy
KVRAF
2729 posts since 26 Nov, 2015 from Way Downunder

Re: what do you think about Softube effects?

Post Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:21 pm

Regarding sound quality, did they fix aliasing?

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acYm
KVRian
631 posts since 11 Sep, 2015

Re: what do you think about Softube effects?

Post Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:04 pm

doubtful, there's 2x oversampling and it seems to suffice to most people. I'd like a 8x switch as well.

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Jax Pok
KVRian
652 posts since 2 Mar, 2015 from UK

Re: what do you think about Softube effects?

Post Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:56 pm

Really like Softube especially their Modular softsynth it sounds as good as my Korg Odyssey only Modular has far more possibilities. Trying out their new plugins right now. Hope their new chorus comes out for none UAD too.

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aMUSEd
KVRAF
29636 posts since 14 Sep, 2002 from In teh net

Re: what do you think about Softube effects?

Post Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:07 pm

Only got a few because most of their effects are mastering ones, but not particularly impressed with what I have, the spring is so so and the feedback one is terrible, Ohmicide does it much better

Robmobius
KVRAF
3094 posts since 10 Sep, 2010 from A shit hole (Ireland).

Re: what do you think about Softube effects?

Post Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:13 pm

aMUSEd wrote:Only got a few because most of their effects are mastering ones, but not particularly impressed with what I have, the spring is so so and the feedback one is terrible, Ohmicide does it much better
Their low end stuff is a bit meh... Like that Feedback, Tube Delay and springverb.
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robotmonkey
KVRAF
1989 posts since 20 Jun, 2012

Re: what do you think about Softube effects?

Post Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:17 pm

Since they need Gobbler on top of iLok the only recommendation is to avoid them at any cost.

Good effects otherwise.
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dangayle
KVRian
723 posts since 30 Mar, 2014

Re: what do you think about Softube effects?

Post Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:17 pm

I think they sound good, but they need to work on their preset management and GUI sizes. Modular in particular has terrible preset management. I don't care about presets for things like flangers or whatever, but big complex setups in Modular really could use some TLC.

Other than that, the plugins are just too small on my MacBook.

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SuperFly76
KVRAF
1852 posts since 21 Sep, 2004 from Musician, Recording Engineer, Producer

Re: what do you think about Softube effects?

Post Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:33 pm

I love 'em! Softube, Soundtoys, ValhallaDSP, and Eventide make it all over my productions. I also still use a smattering of T-Racks compressors too, but Softube compressors are seeing more and more use from me.
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