The Tonelux Tilt will give you a head start in the mixing process with its simple, powerful controls, and classic analog tone. Working your mix in a quick and intuitive manner not only saves you time, but often improves the sonic results. Tonelux Tilt by Softube is a unique equalizer that serves this purpose perfectly.
Many professional mix engineers stress the importance of working the mix in a quick and intuitive manner. And there certainly are big advantages to at least getting your mix into a basic rough shape in a short amount of time. Why? Your first impression of what the important parts of the arrangement are, and what forces drive the song forward, is likely to be correct. So starting off a mix session by acting upon that first impression and not being too left-brained about it encourages you to go with the song, and not against it by over-analyzing. Working like this will in many cases not only save you time and prevent the oh-so-familiar tail chasing, but also get you a much better sonic result that works better with the song. After you have outlined the mix, it may be wise to move forward in a more tweaky and analytical manner and use tools that lets you dig in more on the details.
It is precisely during the important initial part of the mix process that Tonelux Tilt is such a great tool to have as the first plug-in on all channels. Because by twisting a single knob, the one marked Tilt, you can set a basic equalization shape to the sound source and then quickly move on to the next channel and do the same there.
What the Tilt knob does in its default mode is best described as a seesaw type of equalization. By turning it clockwise from its neutral middle position, you simultaneously add highs and cut lows. This is of course useful for sounds you find need to be a little more forward in the mix. The opposite happens by turning the knob counter clockwise—you boost the lows and cut the highs. This is good for sounds that need to get out of the way of the vocals or whatever sound sources you feel should get the focus in the mix. Also, since Tonelux Tilt offers you very little visual feedback, you do this using your ears instead of your eyes.
If you use the Shape button next to the Tilt knob and set it to Loud, the knob will instead either yield a smiley face or a sad face EQ shape. Turning it clockwise now boosts both highs and lows, turning it counter clockwise cuts both highs and lows. So with one knob and a switch, you get four crude but highly useful equalization shapes which are precisely what you need to quickly outline the mix.
Tonelux Tilt incorporates a very nice sounding audio transformer that has been meticulously modeled in Softube’s plug-in. So using Tonelux Tilt as the first plug-in on all your channels also adds a subtle but beautiful transformer tone of a high end console, which gives a nice coherency to the mix even before you start working. Add to that the sweepable high and low cut filters that un-clutters the mix by clearing out any unnecessary frequencies—and it’s obvious that adding Tonelux Tilt as the first plug-in on all your channels will give you a head start in mixing.