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Despite the digital revolution in the pro audio industry, many of today's top albums are still mixed with analog outboard gear. Mixing with analog devices sounds better to many people. There is a very elusive quality imparted that is missing in digital audio, there is more weight to a mix, and the overall sound is more three dimensional. Analog devices produce electrical artifacts that affect frequency response, add harmonics, cause signal clipping and increase noise. These artifacts, which audio engineers often consider the character of a particular device, result from a combination of factors such as component grade, technology type (i.e. vacuum tubes, ICs, transistors), power supply specifications, equipment casing and other variables.
Depending on the circuit characteristics, input signal frequency response varies. Some circuits cut frequencies, others boost them. This behavior is part of the overall device character and should not be confused with user adjustable EQ.
Total harmonic distortion (THD) is based on the levels of the odd and even harmonics of an input signal, usually at a level much lower than the fundamental level. THD balance and decay are circuit dependent, and thus differ from device to device.
CrossTalk and Noise are two elements which every designer tends to avoid to not affect the audio quality. Since in the analog world they can't be avoided, fortunately in digital domain with Volterra Technology we have reduced the noise at less of -120dBfs and completely avoided CrossTalk during the sampling.
The result is an optimum full quality sound from a like-new working condition hardware.
We have recreated these non linearity characteristics into D361A by sampling a unit in excellent condition (refurbished and modified by AlexB - Alessandro Boschi). Your tracks will become more alive with the classic vibe of a real hardware and you may notice that your mixes may take on an almost magical quality with punch, glue, and dimension that you didn't hear with your other algorithmically based plugins.
The Full preset is the sound of the original unit. It is useful for the whole mix and single tracks when punch and clarity are required.
The Mod. 1 preset is the sound of the first modification of the unit. It is useful for the whole mix, single tracks and mastering when body, dynamics and dimensional space are required.
The Mod. 2 preset is the sound of the second modification of the unit. It is useful for single tracks like voice, synthesizer, percussions, drums etc. when clarity or effect are required.
The Mod. 3 preset is the sound of the third modification of the unit. It is more enhanced than Mod.2 and it is useful for single tracks like voice, synthesizer, percussions, drums etc. when clarity or effect are required.