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by R. Olivier (4/5/2016):

Sound engineer for CrossAngel:The album "Chaosthetic Cosmos" has been fully… Read more

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Overview

SPL® TwinTube Processor Plug-In
developed by Brainworx

Key Features

  • Authentic plug-in version of the world-class SPL TwinTube tube effects processor
  • Adds analog tube warmth, saturation and harmonic distortion to instruments and vocals
  • Boosts presence and spatial imaging without increasing overall dynamic range
  • Easy, intuitive interface and simple workflow
  • Developed for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform by SPL
  • Requires UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface, available from authorized dealers worldwide

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SPL’s TwinTube is audio proof of the old adage “a little goes a long way.” Just a touch of TwinTube’s unique analog tube warmth can bring out the color and personality of a vocal or instrument, adding that essential “something” to a mix — without impacting its dynamic range. Today, SPL brings the distinctive features, sound, and character of the original hardware TwinTube to the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform.

History
Musicians and recording professionals have long employed classic SPL TwinTube hardware for its ability to make vocals and instruments pop, emphasizing select harmonics to add presence and dimension without impacting dynamic range. One of the biggest and best-known fans of the TwinTube is multiple Oscar- and Grammy-Award winner Hans Zimmer (composer for soundtracks including Gladiator, Pearl Harbor, The Da Vinci Code, and The Dark Knight), who uses a huge rack of analog TwinTube hardware units to record orchestras. Today, for less than the price of a single hardware unit, this easy-to-use UAD plug-in version offers multiple instances, with seamless integration and dependable recall.

A Tale of Two Tubes
TwinTube expertly combines two essential tube effects, Saturation and Harmonics, in a single processor. As its name implies, it’s designed as two fully independent stages — which can be run together or separately — each providing its own unique character. The result is an exceptionally wide-ranging palette of sonic shaping, from smooth and creamy overdrive to deep, growling saturation, with a range of harmonic overtones to add warmth. It’s a sound that simply can’t be achieved using typical EQ.

Saturation
In the hardware version of TwinTube, saturation is created by pushing the tube beyond its normal limits. This causes a gradual building of harmonic distortion, accompanied by limiting that has been compared to analog tape distortion. It can be employed to subtly fatten sounds when applied sparingly, and to add warm overdrive coloration when cranked up.

Harmonics
The Harmonics section adds a special circuit for overtone processing that reacts dynamically to the incoming signal. Using the Harmonics control, you can adjust and enrich the overtone processing intensity across four frequency settings (2 kHz, 3 kHz, 6 kHz, and 10 kHz), as well as the overall effect. The result is an intensified presence that adds a sense of “air” and space to your sound — bringing a vocal or instrument forward in a mix.

In Use
In both tracking and mixdown, TwinTube can be used to work wonders on vocals, instruments, strings, woodwinds, and more. A small amount of tube saturation can increase apparent loudness and emphasize attack. And just a touch of harmonic distortion can help boost desired overtones, while adding air and imaging.

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    Chaosthetic Cosmos premastering
    by R. Olivier(Tuesday 5 April, 2016)

    Sound engineer for CrossAngel:The album "Chaosthetic Cosmos" has been fully treated with UAD2 in 2014. Neve 88RS channel strip for the mix then Studer A800, SPL TwinTube and Precision Equalizer for the premastering. Effective tools that helped keep the analog sound throughout the… Read More

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    Great for adding some bite to cut through mix
    by . (Friday 18 March, 2016)

    I saw a video with a high profile engineer/mixer (might have been Warren Huart) using this on a bass track to get it to cut through the mix better. I have a lot of UAD plugs and never considered this one, but it looked like it made it really easy to add some sizzle and life to an otherwise… Read More

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    Indispensable
    by F. PdC(Friday 12 February, 2016)

    A great tool for popping up any element on a mix or if You want to crush things just a little bit. I've compared It with an AU version owned by a colleague and the UAD version sounds much better. Besides It's great on vocals, try It on horns and harmonica too. Read More

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    Indispensable
    by . (Sunday 7 February, 2016)

    A great tool for popping up any element on a mix or if You want to crush things just a little bit. I've compared It with an AU version owned by a colleague and the UAD version sounds much better. Besides It's great on vocals, try It on horns and harmonica too. Read More

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    nice plug for snare and timbale
    by R. Wydh(Saturday 16 January, 2016)

    like this plug in my collection special for timbale and snare a plug one must have cool Read More

$199.99

Features & Specs

Features

  • Authentic plug-in version of the world-class SPL TwinTube tube effects processor
  • Adds analog tube warmth, saturation and harmonic distortion to instruments and vocals
  • Boosts presence and spatial imaging without increasing overall dynamic range
  • Easy, intuitive interface and simple workflow
  • Developed for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform by SPL
  • Requires UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface, available from authorized dealers worldwide

See the UAD Instance Chart here

Parameter Specifications

  • Preset: discrete 4 step, A / B / C / D (user presets)
  • Harmonics On: discrete 2 step, On / Off (enable / disable Harmonics section)
  • Saturation On: discrete 2 step, On / Off (enable / disable Saturation section)
  • Harmonics Frequency: discrete 4 step, 10 kHz / 6 kHz / 3 kHz / 2 kHz
  • Harmonics: continuous 0 – 20 (0 – 100 %)
  • Saturation: continuous 0 – 20 (0 – 100 %)
  • Output: -10 dB - +12 dB
  • Bypass / Power (on/off)
$199.99

Docs

SPL® TwinTube Plug-In Manual

 Hardware & Software Manuals
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