SoundToys Decapitator Saturation Plug-in  From SoundToys

Sound Toys Decapitator Analog Saturation Modeler. It can be used to beef things up, thin things out, give them some edge, fry them up nice, add a bit of warmth, pull things out of the mix, or even create a signature sound.

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Manufacturer's Description from SoundToys

Analog saturation has long been the magic mojo that engineers have used as their swiss army knife of mixing. It's used on drums, bass, vocals guitars, everything. Subtle to extreme, analog saturation is the golden child of great mixes. That's why we took our time, bought and listened to all the great analog classics, and painstakingly created that magic for you in Decapitator.

Analog Feel

Decapitator is more than just an emulation of the analog sound. It has the analog feel. You can hear the subtle changes reacting to the track, following the dynamics of the instrument. That's what analog is all about. Not a static snapshot (no convolution here) but a changing responsive model of all those tubes and wires (and careful notes), and transistors. The sound of real gear, but with the flexibility of software. Our modeled tone control lets you shape and contour, and our mix control lets you mix back in the dry signal without the need for routing and submixes. The best of both worlds.

The Models

In our lab we gathered so much cool analog gear. From preamps to compressors. From tape machines to EQ's. Vintage gear and modern gear. All of it so we could listen to how the sound changed and moved and created its special vibe. We picked some of the models that had the most distinct sounds, the models that had a flavor both subtle and extreme, and made them instantly accessible on the front panel. By adding analog modeled tone control we increased the sonic possibilities far beyond many of the originals and give you a remarkably flexible "analog" palette to create with.

Bad Boy

Because we know that audio is not always nice, we've included a convenient way to make sure it's not nice. Our "Punish" button kicks in another chuck of gain to push it over the edge. This tool let's you drive hard and responds just like its analog counterpart. It screams in pain. Not your standard stomp-box distortion, Decapitator gives you those unique qualities that only come from driving high end studio gear. Listen to how each model has its own sound of beautiful agony when you hit the "Punish" button and crank it up.

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About Manufacturer

SoundToys is dedicated to bringing color, character, and creativity to the world of digital audio. We're truly fanatical about audio toys - both creating new ones and collecting old ones. Our toy collection runs from the 'classic' gear like the EQP-1, 1176, 1073, LA-2, 550a, ATR-102 (all the must-have numbers) to pedals and effects like Binson EchoRec, JetPhase, EP-1, Federal Compressors, FuzzFaces, Dim-D, Tri-Stereo Chorus, and on, and on.... All of this stuff is great inspiration for us, and helps us to know what 'good' sounds like. We'll try to get some pictures of our toy collection on-line, soon. In our 'past', we were responsible for designing some pretty insane effects gear - the H3000 (and all it's various colors) and the DSP4000, way back when we were designers at Eventide. We've somehow managed to morph ourselves from hardware designers to software designers. SoundToys lives in Burlington, the biggest "city" in Vermont. We've probably got more cows than people in Vermont, so calling it a city is a bit of a stretch. It's a very cool place to live, especially if you're into sailing, hiking, skiing, or snowboarding, or just like living in a place where rush hour traffic is half a dozen cars at a stop light. And, it IS the home of SoundToys, as well as Burton Snowboards, Ben and Jerry's ice cream, Phish, and the University of Vermont. You might think that Vermont's a strange place for a high-tech software company to live, maybe expecting stuff like granola and organic dairy products. Well, we feel like we fit right in, and 'organic' is definitely something we're into. We're determined to make digital feel and sound truly organic and warm, and we hope you feel the same way.

Specifications

Requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later, Windows XP/Vista/7 (Pro Tools users see Avid system requirements) and have an open USB port for an iLok hardware key.

Compatible with Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Logic Pro, Cubase, Nuendo, Sonar and Live.

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