Soundtoys Decapitator: early review

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Soundtoys is almost ready to launch its new and much-awaited product: Decapitator, an analog saturation modeling plug-in inspired by the sound of vintage and modern preamps.

Decapitator can currently be tested for free as a public beta (until February 28th, an iLok is required). To join the beta click here. The public beta supports RTAS, AU, and VST, on Mac and PC. TDM is coming.

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Having spent a few hours with the beta (quite stable by the way) I can safely say that Decapitator is a dirty partner for any track in need of some more “spice”. I’ve used it on drums (both acoustic and electronic), synth lines, pads, piano, etc., and it always added something interesting to the sound.
Decapitor’s saturation has the analog vibe you would expect from Soundtoys’ modeling knowledge (it’s not harsh as most digital saturations out there). Also, keeping the Drive control to the minimum can lead to some cool results and, for those who dare, the Punish button is there to make your tracks as aggressive as they get.
The final release should add a gain control knob, which will make easier to control the plug-in while mixing.
Anyway, since we’re talking of an unfinished product, it would not be fair to say more about it. I’ll make a proper review as soon as the final version is out.

Decapitator should be released in early March.
As all Soundtoys plug-ins it will be available both as part of the TDM/Native bundles and as single product.

If you’re already a bundle owner the update price for the upcoming v4 (featuring Decapitator and a new preset management system) will be $199 for the TDM one and $99 for the Native one.

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If you buy the v3 of the bundle in this period, the update will be free.

If you are not interested in the bundle (I’d strongly recommend getting it anyway), the single plug-in will cost $349 for TDM users, and $179 for native users.

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