Announced at NAMM, Plugin Alliance has now released the Black Box Analog Design HG-2 Tube-Emulation plug-in for Mac and Windows.
Here's what they say: "There's a good reason why celebrated mix engineers like Dave Pensado, Bob Horn, and Jack Douglas use the high-end Black Box Analog Design HG-2 tube processor on their mixes. The boutique stereo processor's multiple, diverse tube circuits not only make tracks sound richer and fuller, they also make them sound louder, bigger and punchier at the same peak level. Much more than a mere distortion box, the HG-2 can impart subtle harmonic coloration and sparkle without compromising fidelity, or add brilliant saturation that totally changes the character of a sound."
Among the HG-2's features:
- Faithful emulation of the high-end Black Box Analog Design HG-2 tube processor, with additional digital controls - Input Gain, Density, Calibration, Air and Mix - providing a greatly expanded palette of tube flavors and saturation.
- Modeled transformers and separate gain controls for virtual 6U8A pentode and triode tubes add warmth, body and tube sweetness to thin mixes and sterile mono and stereo tracks.
- Parallel Saturation circuit selects one of two modeled 12AX7 tubes - one voiced more aggressively than the other - for adding tube radiance to scorching overdrive distortion on instrument and vocal tracks.
Through February 28th HG2 is $149 (Reg. $249).