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 Tube-Tech CL 1B by Softube is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin, an RTAS Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
Tube-Tech CL 1B
Product Tube-Tech CL 1B
Developer Softube
Price (MSRP)
$449 (+VAT)
Type / Tags Dynamics (Compressor / Limiter)
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Effect(s)     
Operating System Availability
Operating
System
Latest
Version
Download Released
 
2.4.74
 
Downloads Released
 
2.4.74
 
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The original Tube-Tech CL 1B is a studio classic, heard on many records for the past 20 years. Like its hardware counterpart, the Tube-Tech CL 1B plug-in sounds soft, smooth, groovy and can compress an insane amount of decibels without sounding bad, according to Softube. The CL 1B plug-ins by Softube are the only Tube-Tech plug-ins that are fully endorsed by Tube-Tech.

This plug-in requires no DSP hardware but uses the same modeling technology and algorithms as the Tube-Tech CL 1B plug-in for TDM and PowerCore (distributed by TC Electronic). The sound is the same as its predecessor.

Details Summary:

  • Classic Tube-Tech sound in your computer.
  • Created together with the designers at Lydkraft/Tube-Tech.
  • Each and every component carefully modeled.
  • Fix./man. mode for breaking traditional compression boundaries.
  • External sidechain control.
  • CPU friendly.

Compression controls:

  • Gain: Up to +30 dB of make-up gain.
  • Ratio: Continuous ratio control from 2:1 to 10:1.
  • Threshold: Continuous threshold control from +20 dB to -40 dB.
  • Attack: From 0.5 to 300 milliseconds.
  • Release: From 0.05 to 10 seconds.

Attack/release select: The Tube-Tech CL 1B features a unique attack/release switch. The switch has three different positions:

  • Fixed: In the fixed mode, the attack time is set to 1 millisecond and the release is set to 50 milliseconds.
  • Manual: In the manual mode, the attack and release controls work as normal.
  • Fix./man: In the fix./man. mode, the release control works as in manual mode. The attack, however, is fixed to a fast attack and the attack knob turns into a delay for the release time.

Sidechain bus select:

  • Setting the Sidechain bus select to 'external' lets you use an external sidechain.

Meter options: At your disposal is an old school VU meter capable of showing three different things.

  • Input: The VU meter shows the input level.
  • Compression: The VU meter shows the amount of gain reduction.
  • Output: The VU meter shows the output level.
Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By Masta Cress
April 16, 2013

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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Tube-Tech CL 1B

Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review

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