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Tube-Tech CL 1B Mk II

Dynamics (Compressor / Limiter) Plugin by Softube
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Tube-Tech CL 1B Mk II by Softube is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
Product
Version
2.5.82
- macOS Big Sur 11, Monterey 12, Ventura 13
- Windows 10 (64-bit), Windows 11
- Softube account
- iLok account
- Computer with AU, VST, VST3 and/or AAX compatible DAW host software
-Internet access (for downloading installers and managing licenses)
Product
Version
2.5.82
- macOS Big Sur 11, Monterey 12, Ventura 13
- Windows 10 (64-bit), Windows 11
- Softube account
- iLok account
- Computer with AU, VST, VST3 and/or AAX compatible DAW host software
-Internet access (for downloading installers and managing licenses)
Effect
Formats
Copy Protection
iLok USB Only
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The Tube-Tech CL 1B is a modern classic and hip hop hero for a reason. As a vocal compressor in particular, its mixture of characteristic warm, musical opto gain reduction and surprisingly versatile can't-sound-bad operation have made it a staple across genres, from classic rock and cutting-edge pop to rap, hip hop, EDM... you name it.

Our Mk II version is a complete, ground-up sonic remodel of the Mk I that draws on a decade of advances in experience and technology. It sounds amazing. It looks fresh. It has features fit for a modern workflow, and the Generation Switch makes using it easier than ever.

Could it be your new favorite compressor? Most definitely.

New Look

This luxe studio hardware was modeled and remodeled from the ground up with our state-of-the-art component modeling and signal processing tech. Both versions of the comp are combined in a single interface. And we added the Generation Switch so you can quickly toggle between the sound of the Mk I and the Mk II.

New World

Apply this one-of-a-kind opto comp to your tracks and enter a new realm of mix magnificence. Used by engineers and producers for a variety of genres — from hip hop to pop — you can use CL 1B to beef up drums, warm and smooth your vocals, or enrich your bass in seconds.

Opto delight

Opto compressors tend to grab hold quickly but then take a while to fully reset, with a strongly exponential release curve. This means the transients are dealt with transparently, but the larger body of the material benefits from a soft and musical leveling as the final ten or twenty percent of the gain reduction lingers before the next transient. For bass, acoustic guitars, vocals, and more, it's a sound every mix engineer should have on lockdown.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review
Tube-Tech CL 1B Mk II

Reviewed By Masta Cress [all]
April 16th, 2013
Version reviewed: 1.3.12 on Mac

After trying this compressor i was kind of addicted. It was a real seesaw inside of my head.
I thought long about buying it. I searched for alternatives... without success.

Why spending so much money for a SINGLE plugin? WHY?

I can tell you: Because it is cheaper than its hardware counterpart. Maybe it was a false
move to do. I could have put the money ($299) to an hardware EQ. (LOL?).

But now i regret nothing! Its simply awesome to have it. I use it all the time. It will
be a part of my typical sound now and in the future. I put it on the Bassdrum its
going to squash it like a vegetable under a tractor - edit some settings - PUNCH
there it is! I problably distend the whole thing. But I tried everything to clone the
sound with other virtual effects... aah nothing came close. I love this baby.

The second special thing besides the compressors sound is its time modes.
There you have a classic "Opto" mode for glueing type of tasks and also good
for vocals. Then you have a classic Attack-Release-mode. From Transient-
Eating up to Holding-Down-Device-Like-Things (the 60s Sound) everything
is possible. Additionally you can set it to "auto-manual"-mode which means
the Attack-Time will be fixed and with the Attack and Release parameters
you can tweak the release curve. (How long it will take to release the
compression and how long the release will actually take) It can be used
for 'holding' the compression longer than usual.

Nothing more to say besides: try it out for yourself.

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