A One-of-a-Kind “Magnifying Glass” for Low Frequencies — Emulated to Perfection for the UAD-2 Platform.
For many top engineers, the Little Labs VOG (Voice Of God) is the ultimate bass resonance tool for mixing. Available for the first time as a plug-in, the Little Labs-authenticated VOG for the UAD-2 platform accurately models the sonic characteristics of this unique 500-series hardware audio processor in every detail. The VOG is used to accurately target and accentuate low frequency material, from vocals to bass guitar and drums — adding both heft and precision. Put simply, it’s like a magnifying glass for the bottom end of your mixes.
One of the most important components of any good mix is blending the low frequencies together in such a way that they don’t conflict. No matter what style of music you make — from rock to reggae, to hip-hop to hardcore — few tools are as easy to use and effective as the popular Little Labs VOG.
Little Labs has a knack for creating problem-solving tools for the studio that perform equally well as creative coloration effects and tone-boxes. The original collaboration between UA and Little Labs saw the release of the UAD Little Labs IBP plug-in — widely recognized as one of the most versatile phase correction plug-ins available today. Continued collaboration between Universal Audio and Little Labs now provides another instant studio classic, the VOG.
Upon its introduction in 2009, owners of the hardware VOG quickly realized multiple units are a must have — one for bass, kick drum, toms, low frequency percussion, and especially vocals. Fortunately, with the Little Labs VOG plug-in for the UAD-2, customers can have as many instances as they need to make “the low end” come to life.
Two simple knobs allow you to dial in the VOG’s desired frequency and effect amplitude. The center of the sweepable frequency range is selected via two push-buttons of 40 Hz and 100 Hz, or you can set the center to 200 Hz by pressing both buttons simultaneously. Everything below the targeted frequency peak is rolled off in a smooth curve — up to –24 dB per octave — ensuring that the low end is always tight and out of the mud, while the frequencies above remain intact. The higher the amplitude of the peak resonance frequency, the more you cut off the mud below, effectively performing two functions at once. A dedicated “flat” button allows you to quickly audition A/B comparisons.
The VOG is intended for mixing, mastering, post-production sweetening, sound design, and audio restoration. Use it to easily simulate proximity effect for adding chest resonance and “heft” to vocals. Simple adjustments will also yield enormous sounding drums — just like tweaking the tension of a drumhead. Or, completely transform the tonal characteristics of electric bass tracks — for example, go from a solid body sound to a chambered body sound in seconds. The VOG’s flexibility makes it the right choice on a wide range of musical sources; it’s the perfect way to tune the low end of any mix for incredible detail and punch.
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