Today we are happy to help host application and audio effects developer Audified announce the release of U78 Saturator, inspired to the circuitry of the U73b, the treasured Sixties-vintage German broadcast compressor/limiter (already emulated by Audified with their u73b Compressor plugin).
Boris Carloff, a well-known Czech Republic producer who just so happens to ‘moonlight’ as a product designer for Audified, explains the concept behind this new plugin: “I was always crazy about the sound of the U73b,” begins Boris Carloff. “I like this unit — great saturation, but there are situations when I need more saturation and distortion. This is why I came up with the idea of the U78.”
Implementing that idea involved removing the U73b Compressor’s compression function. Filters were added — HiPass sets the cutoff frequency of the high-pass filter, which comes before the saturation circuit in the signal path, ranging between 30 to 800 Hz; LowPass sets the cutoff frequency of the lowpass filter, which also comes before the saturation circuit, ranging between 1 to 8 kHz — alongside a Tone control to dial in (or out) the unique tone filter, with lower settings producing Dark sounds with more low frequency content while higher settings result in Bright, sparkly sounds; finally, a strong Gain control adjusts the input gain of the saturation circuit — the higher the settings, the richer the sound that can be achieved — and effectively completes the seriously satisfying U78 Saturator sound… to Boris Carloff’s satisfaction!
Understandably, U78 Saturator’s GUI (Graphical User Interface) implementation is superficially similar to that of its recently released U73b Compressor sibling.
U78 Saturator can be seen and heard in an informative introductory video here:
Price & Availability:
U78 Saturator is available to purchase as an iLok-protected plug-in — running as an AAX, VST3, and VST2 plug-in on Mac (OS X 10.9 – 10.12) and PC (Windows 7, 8, and 10) and AU on Mac — at an introductory price of $129.00 USD — rising to $149.00 USD on January 1, 2017.
You can get U78 Saturator here.
Please note that iLok dongle hardware is not needed for either the 30-day trial or full version of U78 Saturator — simply create a free account and install PACE Anti-Piracy’s iLok License Manager from here.
To read more on the plugin, visit the official website.
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