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STA Effects

Tube Emulation by Audified
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STA Effects
STA Effects
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Operating System Availability
Operating System Latest Version
 2.1.0 
System Requirements
Windows 7 - Windows 10
 2.1.0 
System Requirements
Mac OS X 10.9 - macOS 11
License & Installation Method
Instant (Challenge Response / Authorization Code)
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STA Effects

Summing Tube Amplifier (STA) mixes the wet and dry signals and it adds a nonlinear distortion resulting in a more vintage sound. Primarily, this effect is designed to be used as an insert effect to fully exploit the summing circuit. The plugin has also a "Wet only" option when only the signal processed by the tube circuit is sent to the output. It allows using the plugin also in a send bus.

Included effects

STA Preamp can give your mixes some extra value. Choose one of three types of tubes and control the amount of saturation.

STA Chorus adds your instruments a little warmth and tickling vibe.

Extra punch, meat, juice... Call it what you want, but STA Flanger gives it to you.

If your sound is not spacey enough, take it to the universe with STA Phaser.

And last but not least - STA Enhancer will make your mixes beautiful and bright.

STA Delay added in V2.0.

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STA Effects
Reviewed By kritikon
August 2nd, 2022

I bought the FX bundle for $29. Happy with that, but really don't think I would want to spend the $129 listed price at all. Really I bought them only for the Enhancer & happy with it too. It pretty obviously has a mid Eq scoop as the main part of the FX but it also has other stuff going on under the hood. Summing amp seems to be what they're advertising and that makes sense. The enhancer is a weird effect (as most enhancers seem to be). It's not a simple saturation type thing though there is that onboard. The bass boost and high boost are more than likely just Eqs though the blurb mentions some phase processing. It has that magic box sheen that just does something to your mix to make it better. I had some fairly dense techno kinda mixes that it worked wonders on - it sounded more flattened but weirdly my analysers all said the LUFs value ended up lower than my original mixes that were heavily squashed - one of them was mixed to -9 LUFS and admittedly it did sound a bit quieter - it was peaking the same but told me LUFs was now -12. Now that has to be a good thing. Less flatline but sounded better, yet more squashed. Weird. Not sure I'll use it on all mixes but dense mixes it's a winner. My advice is keep the processing fairly low - it's quite an extreme enhancer.

As for the other FX. Meh. The delay won't give me any feedback for some reason. The phaser really doesn't do much phasing. The chorus is usable. TBH I'll probably delete the other FX but keep the lovely enhancer.

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STA Effects
Reviewed By Faydit
April 7th, 2022

All plugins work well and sound very naturally, very good sounding Chorus and Flanger, Preamp and Enhancer also sound and work well.

Unfortunately I did not manage to get any convincing sounds from the Phaser. Phasing itself has little to do with other phaser plugins, which I know, instead of a convincing phasing the signal sounds - indenpendent of the settings - always completey distorted, even with Saturation at zero, worst with a square wave, better with a pure sine wave, nevertheless not at all what I would identify and accept as a working phaser.

Input reduction also does not help much. I personally suppose that this is some programming mistake, but as it is, the Phaser unfortunately is unusable for me.

If this mistake is corrected in a future upgrade, the whole collection would be excellent, so it unfortunately is only average.

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