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Yes, exactly. Apart from actual linear distortion (i.e. what an EQ does) all these "magic bits" happen at a level so low compared to the actual audio that they can just as well be ignored. The music, musicians and the artistic decisions in the production process ALWAYS trump the "magic bits".

Heres what I say is still actually relevant in terms of audio gear:
a) Noise - obviously noisy microphones, noisy preamps and such will add noise to your recordings which is a problem.
b) Distortion - poorly made audio gear creates distortion however most "classic" preamps cause WAY more distortion than even the cheapest Behringer preamps do today. So it can affect your recording in a good or bad way but it is a discernible difference - still most people these days prefer to make pristine photos and then put a filter on it to make it have some certain expression. You can do the same on the audio level.
c) Mic patterns - As I said earlier in this thread (I think? I said it often anyway ^^) - most every microphone sounds great at 0 degrees. Many start to add nasty color (as in linear distortion) at off-axis angles. More expensive/tested microphones tend to do better there.
d) Aliasing in digital processors. Aliasing is a problem when using digital processing but there is ways to get around it. Often times its not even relevant though. Its often at the border of the bits of distortion or noise that engineers of analog gear simply had to cope with.

And above all - but it hasn't really got anything to do with "audio gear" which is why I don't include it in the list - is the source (musician/instrument), mic placement and to an extent the room its being recorded in.

Everything else - like "warmth", "analogy-ness", "depth" and all these funny adjectives is basically just excuses to sell over-priced and resource wasting boxes. And I get how cool it is to stand in front of a huge 19" rack full of knobs, lights and meters, I am guilty myself. But it doesn't objectively "better" anything you do.

And sure theres people who will swear by some piece of equipment but this is also explainable: Most of these classics come from a time where there was objectively shitty equipment being sold. You had a good reason to look for price, certain names etc. to actually get good gear. These days its hard to find objectively "bad" preamps even in the cheapest phones. Additionally there was still a phase of experimentation about the basics. Like what kind of compression actually sounds good? Given that audio reproduction via speakers is always something different than actually listening to instruments and voices in a room you have to find ways to work with that particular expression. Best example is stereo audio. At some point productions homed in on using the stereo base to create a "window" to look/listen through because it worked much better than say placing all instruments on one side and the voices on the other.

And then theres confirmation bias and actual superstition. At some point somebody used another mic or other piece of gear and suddenly he solved some problem in his production. There doesn't even really have to be a connection between the two but now that person is more inclined to use that piece of gear and pass on his opinion. And opinion is SUCH a big factor here - you hear what you want to hear. Its like somebody who always carries his lucky coin with him - he will attest that its the coin that helped him with the good stuff - disregarding the bad stuff that also happened or disregarding that he simply got gud ;)

So yeah, I say free yourself from this - soar high with all the options laid before you, create your own sound and have people in 10 or 30 years try to recreate it and discuss what algorithms and gear you used :)
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HoRNet AnalogStage

HoRNet AnalogStage is a console emulation plugin that re-creates those sound characteristics usually associated with analog gear (saturation, hiss, non linear frequency response, etc.) and can be used to bring to your mix some analog console flavour if used on every channel or buss.

AnalogStage simulates the response of three different types of analog technology: operational amplifiers (the cleanest and more modern technology), transistor (the discrete transistor designs were popular in the 70s and have some fat saturation) and tube (the dynamic and smooth saturation of the past). Every one of the three different type of emulation can be used inside the same project but for convenience you can create up to eight group of instances so that any change to the emulation type, age, hiss switch and saturation switch is applied to every plugin belonging to the group.

AnalogStage also provide a stereo VU meter calibrated to dBFS to help you gain stage the plugin and to help you even more we added our latest auto gain technology.

We also added an “age” slider that can make your virtual console older simulating the effect of drying condensers, this affect both the saturation amount and the frequency response.

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Hi John, thanks a lot for doing this. Do you like to use plugins that emulate consoles? I’m talking about plugins that generate harmonics and add console color. I read that you don’t use Pro Tool’s Heat but what about others such as Slate’s Virtual Console Collection, Waves NLS, Soundtoys’ Little Radiator, Plugin Alliance’s Black Box, among others.

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Hi John, thanks a lot for doing this. Do you like to use plugins that emulate consoles? I’m talking about plugins that generate harmonics and add console color. I read that you don’t use Pro Tool’s Heat but what about others such as Slate’s Virtual Console Collection, Waves NLS, Soundtoys’ Little Radiator, Plugin Alliance’s Black Box, among others.

Best regards!

Nothing used across all tracks for full console emulation. We will use vintage emulated EQ, Channel Strips on certain sounds for a specific effect or purpose.

I'm mostly familiar with Waves, Soundtoys, and UAD offerings in these areas. so many to choose from so it isn't really a choice of which sounds best! or most! but which one I remember when I'm looking for something.
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10 Best Channel Strip Plugins for Mixing

What are the best channel strip plugins? This ICON Picks roundup features ten popular channel strip plugins that offer versatile features and excellent sound quality.

Best Channel Strip Plugins

What Are Channel Strip Plugins?

Channel strip plugins combine a variety of mixing effects within a single interface. These versatile plugins are extremely useful mixing and analysis tools.

Many channel strip plugins emulate actual channels on iconic analog mixing consoles. There are also modular channel strip plugins that provide essential mixing effects and modern features not available on classic channel strips.

Channel strip plugins also speed up your mixing workflow. The ability to perform quick adjustments in one place makes mixing fast and intuitive. Channel strip plugins are also more affordable and less CPU intensive. Instead of buying several individual effects, you can buy one plugin that includes multiple effects.

This guide lists ten popular channel strip plugins that offer versatile features and excellent sound quality.

1. Slate Digital | Virtual Mix Rack

Slate Digital Virtual Mix Rack

Create custom channel strips with analog modeled plugins from Slate Digital&#;s Virtual Mix Rack Choose from a range of vintage modeled EQs, compressors, enhancers, filters, preamps, mixing consoles, and more. All faithful emulations of iconic hardware processors!

You can also mix efficiently by having your entire processing chain in one convenient window. Load up to eight modules at once into VMR. The drag and drop modules make it easy to build and save your channel strips. You can also switch between eight customizable channel strip configurations using VMR&#;s Dream Strips. In addition, the modules are highly CPU efficient, which means you&#;ll have more processing power during mixdown.

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2. Soundtoys | Soundtoys 5 Effect Rack

Soundtoys 5 Effect Rack

Soundtoys 5 brings together the company’s entire range of audio effects into one powerful collection. It includes all 21 Soundtoys plugins. Choose from a variety of analog inspired delay units, EQs, compressors, saturators, filters, modulation effects, and more.

The Soundtoys Effect Rack is also the centerpiece of Soundtoys 5. It turns this collection of plugins into a creative multi-effects system. Easily create and recall custom configurations using some of the music industry&#;s most revered plugins.

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3. iZotope | Neutron 3

iZotope Neutron 3

iZotope Neutron 3 is a modern channel strip plugin with innovative mixing and analysis tools. It includes eight drag and drop modules. Mix with an intelligent Equalizer, two multiband Compressors, a multiband Exciter, a multiband Transient Shaper, a Gate, a True Peak Limiter, and more.

Neutron 3 also has innovative technology not available on other channel strips. Get to an optimal starting point in your mixes with the Track Assistant. Use the Tonal Balance Control to analyze and optimize your mix. Identify frequency collisions across tracks with the Masking Meter. There&#;s a ton more this versatile plugin can do that no other plugin can!

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4. Waves | Scheps Omni Channel

Waves Scheps Omni Channel

Waves partnered with Grammy-winning mixer Andrew Scheps (Adele, Jay Z, Metallica) to design this channel strip. The Scheps Omni Channel features five drag and drop modules you can use in any order. Scheps helped design the modules based on years of go-to processor combinations. The result gives you a diverse selection of classic hardware emulations and innovative modules with modern features.

Moreover, the Scheps Omni Channel offers a variety of analog-style saturators, compressors, EQs, a de-esser, gate, and more. You can also load an extra Waves plugin anywhere in the channel strip.

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5. Brainworx | bx_console Series

Brainworx bx_console Plugins

The bx_console series includes emulations of three legendary analog mixing consoles. Each channel strip plugin offers authentic analog modeling with additional modern features. The three models include:

Brainworx bx_console SSL G &#; Captures the legendary sound of the British Solid State Logic G series console. It also includes modern features not found on the original console.

Brainworx bx_console SSL E &#; Captures the legendary sound of the British Solid State Logic E series console. It also includes modern features not found on the original console.

Brainworx bx_console N &#; A faithful emulation of the rare and coveted Neve VXS console. It also includes modern features not found on the original console.

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6. Softube | Summit Audio Grand Channel

Softube Summit Audio Grand Channel

The Grand Channel combines analog emulations of the Summit Audio EQF Full Range Equalizer and the TLAA Compressor. You get a warm and smooth tone sculpting equalizer and a rich sounding compressor.

This versatile channel strip will cover a large part of your mixing needs. It’s simple design also makes it easy to dial in. You can even reverse the order of effects with a single switch. The plugin also includes parallel compression, saturation, and low-cut filtering.

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7. McDSP | Ultimate Module Collection

McDSP Ultimate Module Collection

The Ultimate Module Collection contains more processing tools than any module-based plugin. It includes over 30 modules for EQ, compression, saturation, distortion, specialized filtering, dynamic range expansion, gating, and more. Custom modules include bass optimized biasing to maximize the low end, transformer-based tone shaping circuits for high-end shine, tape simulation, de-essing, and more. This bad boy has it all! Additional modules are also already in the works.

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8. Universal Audio | API Vision Channel Strip

UAD API Vision Channel Strip

API’s Vision Console is a legendary analog mixing console introduced in UA&#;s faithful emulation captures the same tone, punch, and personality as the classic API desks that have tracked the biggest records of the past plus years.

Transform your DAW into a high-end analog console. The API Vision Channel Strip plugin brings a modern workflow to the classic API sound. It&#;s complete with five API modules &#; the L Preamp, L Cut Filters, L EQ, L Compressor/Limiter, and the L Gate/Expander. It also features UA&#;s Unison Technology for Apollo to capture the sound and behavior of sought-after tube and solid-state designs.

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9. iZotope | Nectar 3

iZotope Nectar 3 Vocal Plugin

Nectar 3 brings a sophisticated set of tools designed for vocal production. Address every part of your vocal chain and get professional-sounding vocals with minimal effort.

Nectar 3 also ushers in a new era of mixing vocals. It features seven drag and drop effect modules, automatic preset detection settings, modern workflows, inter-plugin communication, beautiful visualizations, and more.

In addition, Nectar 3 includes Melodyne 4 essential and iZotope RX Breath Control. Use Melodyne 4 to perform surgical pitch corrective work. And RX Breath Control to detect and suppress breaths in vocal recordings.

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Universal Audio | Neve 88RS Channel Strip

UAD Neve 88RS Channel Strip

Introduced in , the Neve 88 Series is another renowned analog mixing console. Neve’s premier analog console is famous for its depth, airiness, and clarity.

Create a modern Neve analog console in your DAW. UA&#;s emulation of this modern masterpiece comes complete with its famous mic/line preamp, cut filters, dynamics, four-band EQ, and post-fader output amplifier. It also features UA&#;s Unison Technology for Apollo to capture the sound and behavior of sought-after tube and solid-state designs.

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Introduction to Console Emulation Plugins

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The recording industry is in a weird place right now. For years, we coveted analog hardware. Walking into a proper studio felt like stepping into the cockpit on an alien spacecraft. There were knobs and switches and gauges everywhere. It felt like a sanctuary for creativity.

Things are different now. Many of us work on our laptops and mix in the box. Hit records are being made using Virtual Recording Studios that emulate the mic lockers of famous studios. Plugins are being made that emulate vintage hardware so closely, they’re winning blind shootouts.

But that’s the thing — even after 50 years, we’re still making emulations of the Maybe things aren’t so different after all…

Just because our studios aren’t filled with knobs and switches anymore, this doesn’t mean we don’t love the sound of analog consoles.

Neve

Neve was one of the first popular console manufacturers. The sound of their early consoles is engrained in countless hit records. Their original preamp, the , is self-described as &#;the world&#;s most desirable preamp.”

Part of the ’s charm is the built-in EQ. It features a fixed shelf at 12 kHz, two switchable low and midrange bands, and a high-pass filter. Often used for its silky-smooth high end and fat low-mids.

Years later, Neve revamped the design of the beloved preamp to “take the legendary design to the next level.” The newly designed features an adjustable high-shelf, a “Hi-Q” switch and adjustable slope for the HPF.

Both models featured fixed frequencies on all four bands. Which means you’re either boosting kHz or kHz — not somewhere in between.

Neve /s are emulated by Slate Digital, Universal Audio and Waves. 

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Slate Digital VIRTUAL PREAMP COLLECTION &#; Real Analog Preamp Tones For Your Mixes!

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In , Neve released the mixing console, which featured a new combined mic/line preamp and equalizer section. These units featured &#;remarkable sensitivity and a fast and musical response to transients”

Neve s are emulated by Universal Audio and Waves. 

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UAD &#; NEVE &#; EQ plugin explained

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The Neve console also included the highly-coveted  Limiter/Compressor units. Known for their “rich, thick, and round” sound, these units are great for fattening up tracks. For years, engineers used two of these units on their stereo buss.

Neve s are emulated by McDSP, Plugin Alliance and Waves. 

Neve

In , Neve released an updated stereo version of the classic compressor, known as the Designed as a “modern” compressor at the time, the is often described as smooth and transparent.

Neve s are emulated by IK Multimedia, McDSP and Universal Audio.

Acustica Audio also has a handful of Neve-modeled plugins.

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5-Minute UAD Tips: Neve Compressor

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SSL

Solid State Logic, or SSL, gained popularity as a console manufacture after releasing their SSL E Series console in But it wasn’t until they released their G-Series desks a few years later that engineers like Bob Clearmountain, Chris Lord-Alge and Andy Wallace would start swearing by them.

In addition to colorful, punchy sounding preamps, both desks included a versatile 4-band EQ module. They featured two fully parametric midrange bands, and a bell curve option for the highs and lows.

The E Series desk used brown knobs for the low band, while the G Series used black. While it may not seem like a big difference, they actually used different cards (&#;02’ and ‘’), which produced different sounds.

SSL EQ modules are emulated by Slate, Brainworx (Plugin Alliance) Universal Audio and Waves — many of which offer both the E and G Series models.

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How To EQ Tracks In a Mix w/ Slate Digital&#;s Everything Bundle

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Not only were the EQ modules on the SSL G Series awesome, so were the dynamic modules. Fast, punchy, and energetic, these units include an Expander/Gate, as well as a compressor.

SSL dynamics modules are emulated by Slate, Brainworx (Plugin Alliance), Universal Audio and Waves.

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SSL Compressor Shootout &#; UAD vs Waves vs Softube for Punchy Drums ()

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Finally (as if that weren’t enough to sell you on a console), the buss compressor on the consoles has been described as a &#;holy grail compressor that does both transparency and glue.” SSL says it makes mixes sound &#;bigger, with more power, punch, and drive.&#;

The SSL buss compressor is emulated by Slate, Universal Audio and Waves.

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Mastering with the SSL – Quick Tip by Yoad Nevo

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API

Today, many pieces of outboard gear come in the form of series units. That technology was invented in by Automated Processes Inc., better known as API. As far back as , API was creating “modular consoles” outfitted with a variety of hand-picked series modules. While many of us think of the lunchbox as a modern invention, production began back in

Over the years, API has put together a killer channel strip, starting with the c mic preamp. Often described as &#;highly musical and rich-sounding.”

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Unfortunately, nobody has properly emulated the c yet, but Slate has an API setting on their Virtual Console Collection.

In , API developed their A EQ module. The A features 3 bands with 7 selectable frequencies. The high and low bands can be switched from shelf to bell shapes, and the HPF can be toggled in or out.

One of the coolest features is the &#;Proportional Q”, which increases the Q value the harder you turn the gain knob. Essentially, the bell becomes more narrow the more you cut or boost.

Years later, API developed the b, adding a fourth band for more midrange control.

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API® Series EQ Plug-In Collection Trailer

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API A/b modules are emulated by Antelope Audio, IK Multimedia, Universal Audio and Waves.

In the early 70s, API released the &#;feedback&#; compressor/limiter. They featured variable threshold and output levels, a unique “ceiling” control and a de-ess function. So far, the only proper recreation comes from LSR audio.

Finally, one of the most modern entries on the list, the API is a rack mount buss compressor that’s absolutely loaded with features. You can toggle between the old &#;feedback&#; or new &#;feed forward” compression styles. It uses patented THRUST technology to insert a selectable high-pass filter before the detector circuit. Plus, it has auto make-up gain!

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5-Minute UAD Tips: API Bus Compressor Plug-In

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The API is emulated by Universal Audio and Waves.

Other Consoles*

While they aren’t modeled as often as Neve, SSL or API, there are a few other console emulations worth mentioning. The UK was pumping out quality records in the 60s and 70s with some pretty unique sounds. Much of that sound can be traced back to two studios.

In EMI installed a new console at Abbey Roads; the TG console. It was a solid-state replacement for their current “REDD&#; tube consoles. These consoles had a &#;cleaner, brighter and punchier” sound. Waves make a plugin emulation of the TG channel strips, EQs and compressors.

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Waves/Abbey Road EMI TG Plugin: In-Depth Tutorial with Audio Demos

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In the s, London’s Trident Studios built 13 Trident A-Range Consoles. They went on to record hit records for David Bowie, Rod Stewart, and Frank Sinatra. The consoles were described as having a musical, colorful and unusual sound. Slate offers a Trident console emulation plugin, while Softube offers one for the A-Range EQ.

*OK, so these EQs were never part of a console, but they’re one of the most popular hardware EQ emulation plugins. Pultecs are often described as natural, and musical.

The EQP-1A works differently than any other EQ — it boosts and cuts at the same time. It features a low-shelf with 4 selectable frequencies, and adjustable boost and attenuation knobs. Similarly, the high-self has 7 selectable frequencies, and 3 separate selectable frequencies for the attention selector.

Yeah, it makes more sense when you see it in action. The MEQ-1 equalizer focuses on the midrange and is just as confusing/pleasant.

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Trident A-Range Classic Console EQ Trailer

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Of course, there are many more console manufacturers with their own unique sounds.  SSL alone has over a dozen, each with their own quirks and charms. But these consoles are all highly regarded as some of the greatest ever made. Try them out and see what a difference they can make on your mix!

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Easiest Way to emulate a full analog console and tape workflow in your DAW with plugins
 

Top 9 Free Analog Emulation Plugins

PreFET &#; Accentize

RS-WC &#; Fuse Audio Labs

MJUCjr &#; Klanghelm

LALA &#; Analog Obsession

Tape Cassette 2 &#; Caelum Audio

Code Red &#; Shattered Glass Audio

Tube Saturator Vintage &#; Wave Arts

mvMeter2 &#; TBProAudio

Dynasaur &#; Analog Obsession

Analog emulation has become increasingly popular.  Digital processing, with all of its conveniences, misses the mark in one major way &#; tonality.

It wasn’t soon after digital processing’s popularization that engineers found their mixes to be lacking something important.  The small distortions and imperfections that engineers had spent decades trying to get of were now looked at with a sense of nostalgia.

Analog emulation is useful for both mixing and mastering.

Fortunately, you don’t always need analog hardware to create an analog sound.  Granted, it’s hard to beat real analog processing, but if you’re looking to add a classic timbre to your recordings, analog emulation plugins are a great start.

With that said, we sought to create a list of some of the best free options.  These analog emulation plugins create complex harmonics that make for a more nuanced and detailed sound.

The harmonics they generate and the soft-knee compression they introduce cause a fullness that strictly digital processing rarely can.

Classic EQ curves, compression types, and analog artifacts are also included in these plugins, making for an even more distinct sound.

Let’s take a look at each one of these plugins, cover their functionality, look at some of the harmonics that they generate, and listen to some realtime examples of each on a full mix (in the video embedded above).

Additionally, if you have a favorite free analog emulation plugin that we missed (which definitely wouldn’t be surprising considering how many there are) let us know in the comment section of the video!

Lastly, before we start looking at the plugins, if you’re an artist or an engineer, and you have a finished mix you need to be mastered, send it to us here:

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PreFET &#; Accentize

PreFET was designed with the help of A.I.

PreFET is a very unique plugin, unlike any other on this list &#; the reason being, it was designed with the help of A.I. or artificial intelligence.

According to their website, an “artificial neural network has learned to precisely imitate the transistor pre-amp stage of a 70s tabletop cassette recorder.”

With that said, you can use the PreFET plugin to create a realistic emulation of FET distortion and saturation.

The plugin itself is very simple to use.  In the middle of the plugin is the most important function &#; the drive rotary.  With it you can increase the harmonic generation and compression from 0, or little to no effect, to 10, which creates heavy saturation.

These are the harmonics the plugin generates at higher levels.

When using a significant amount of Drive, the gain of the signal will be reduced.  To compensate for this, a gain slider at the bottom of the plugin lets you adjust the output in dB, from dB to 15dB.

Up top and on the right side you have a bypass button which turns off all processing the plugin would otherwise be performing.

If you want more information on the plugin you can click near the middle of it to pull up some links to the developer&#;s email and website.

We used a sine wave at Hz and ran the session at a 96kHz sampling rate to measure the harmonics.

Using a test oscillator sine wave at Hz, we can see that the plugin generates both even and odd harmonics.  We’ve measured these harmonics at a 96kHz sampling rate, so what we see here shouldn’t be the result of aliasing.

RS-WC &#; Fuse Audio Labs

This plugin is a direct emulation of a series equalizer.

This plugin is an emulation of the Randall Schult series EQ, which has the same layout and design. 

Both the plugin and the hardware implement gentle curves and Qs that are indicative of early ’s console equalizers.

Looking at the plugin, we notice that we can affect 3 frequency bands.  Up top is the High-Frequency band, indicated by the color blue.  This can be switched from the ‘off’ position to 2kHz and 5kHz.  The gain is then affected by the slider on the right with a full range of 24dB.

On the left side of the plugin are the EQ controls.

The Mid Frequency controls are in the middle and are characterized by the color yellow.  With the top dial, you can alter the center frequency from Hz to kHz.  The Q of this band can be altered between 3 settings.

This band can be affected by a range of 20dB of gain.

The Low-Frequency controls are at the bottom and are characterized by the color orange.  Light the high-frequency control, the low frequency can be altered between 2 settings, 80Hz, and Hz, and then affected by a range of 24dB of gain.

On the right, we see two functions not directly modeled off of Randall Schult’s original design.  The Drive function creates simple even and odd harmonics which decrease in amplitude as they increase in frequency.

At higher levels of drive, this plugin generates even and odd harmonics.

The drive function also decreases the overall amplitude of the signal by introducing compression.

Lastly, a Trim dial lets you affect the output pf your signal with a full range of 60dB.

Want to learn more about saturation and drive?  Check out our blog post on the topic:

What is Saturation for Mixing and Mastering

MJUCjr &#; Klanghelm

The MJUCjr is a simple compressor by Klanghelm

Klanghelm has made a few great free compressors and saturators over the years &#; in fact, I think we’ve covered them in some of our other videos and blog posts. 

The MJUCjr is another great design from the company and one that’s worth your time if you’re looking for a free analog emulation plugin.

First off, the design is really aesthetically pleasing, with great colors, textures, and emulated reflections making for an easy to navigate and professional-looking interface.

The functionality is really simple as well.  On the left is the Compress dial which ranges from a ratio to a ratio with want sounds like a soft-knee threshold which slopes down from 0dB.

On the right is your make-up gain which can introduce up to 36dB of gain, and reduce the signals output by up to dB.

You can access the settings by clicking the Klanghelm icon.

There are 3-time constant options in the middle, which are your attack and release settings. 

Fast introduces a fast attack and fast release, Slow introduces a slow attack and slow release, and Auto introduces a Fast attack and program-dependent release.

You can click on either the Power icon in the bottom right or the VU meter to bypass the plugin.  Also, the GR in the bottom right of the VU meter can be clicked to switch between Gain Reduction and Output metering.

If you click on the Klanghelm logo you can adjust multiple parameters of your plugin, from pop-up tips, the display of edit values, the sensitivity of the dials, and more.

These are the harmonics it generated at lower levels of compression.

The plugin introduces a strong 2nd and 3rd order harmonic, which makes the signal sound pushed forward and more present.

LALA &#; Analog Obsession

The LALA is an emulation of the Teletronix LA-2A

If you’ve checked out any of our blog posts before, you’ll know that Analog Obsession regularly makes our lists of free plugins.  The reason being, the developed creates consistently valuable analog-based plugins, for free!

So even if you don’t like this one particular plugin, be sure to look into their other plugins for some great options.

The LALA leveling amplifier is an unmistakable clone of the classic Teletronix LA-2A, which uses a light sensor to implement two-step optical compression. 

This compression is program dependent and ranges from 60ms for the first step of the release, and then ms to 5 seconds for the latter part of the release.  This creates a smooth and robust sound to the compression.

The plugin offers features not found in the original hardware, including a wet/dry rotary to bend in the compressed signal with the unprocessed signal.

The LALA includes a side-chain section that isn't present on the original hardware.

The gain is the makeup gain after the compression, while the Peak Reduction rotary determines how much compression occurs.  A limit button introduces limiting, which makes this plugin great for a bus or parallel compression.

Additionally, this plugin allows for side chaining &#; the side chain can be affected by the 5 functions on the left.  These include:

  • an External Source Enabler
  • a High Pass Filter from 20Hz to Hz
  • A Mid-frequency center frequency from Hz to 10kHz, and a gain rotary with 12dB range.
  • And a High-Frequency shelf.

Tape Cassette 2 &#; Caelum Audio

This plugin emulates a classic cassette tape recorder like the Tascam Porta Studio.

We’ve covered this plugin before when we looked at the Top 10 Free Mixing Plugins &#; but it’s unique enough to look at again.

Tape Cassette 2 is one of the very few plugins that attempt to recreate the lo-fi sound of consumer-grade tape machines. 

This plugin does a great job of doing so with realistic artifacts, noise, and an impulse response of Type 2 tape.

In the middle of the plugin are your left and right VU meters that show the level of your stereo channels.  Underneath the cassette graphic is an IR switch that stands for impulse response.

Enabling this toggle means running your signal through the impulse response of a tape machine with a tape type 2 inside.  This attenuates your high-frequency range as well as subtly changes the timbre and stereo image of your signal.

This shows some saturation, wow, flutter, and noise.

At the bottom are 5 functions.  The first is saturation which introduces harmonic generation, compression, and simultaneous make-up gain.

The low pass ranges from 5kHz to 22,kHz.  Real sampled noise can be added in with the noise rotary. 

Wow introduces frequency modulation while flutter introduces harmonics and other frequencies that don’t correlate with the fundamental frequency.

Taking a look at the analyzer we see that saturation causes low order harmonics, while flutter shifts the frequency of these harmonics, and flutter adds in more frequencies closely related to the fundamentals.

If you want to check out the other list this plugin was included in, watch the video here:

Top 10 Free Mixing Plugins

Code Red &#; Shattered Glass Audio

Code Red Free is an emulation of British consoles.

Code Red was inspired by classic British Tube consoles, and introduces complex harmonic generation, as well as compression, in addition to the equalization one would find on a channel strip.

The signal is split into left and right channels, which can then be affected by various parameters.

You can increase or decrease the gain of each.  You can also enable a high-pass filter.

From there you can determine which EQ settings you want with 3 rotaries, which cover the low, mid, and high frequencies.

This plugin causes a fair amount of distortion.

On the right side of the plugin, you’ll notice a wet/dry rotary, meaning you can use this plugin to create parallel processing.

3 modes including Mono, Stereo, and Stereo linked are available via a switch in the middle.

Lastly, the output of each channel can be controlled with a fader. 

One thing to keep in mind about this plugin is that it introduces distortion pretty easily and quickly, so you’ll want to keep an eye on how much signal you’re sending to it.

The EQ section gives you control over 3 bands.

The harmonics are even and odd and will vary between the left and right channels depending on how you process them.

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Tube Saturator Vintage &#; Wave Arts

The Tube Saturator Vintage is an easy plugin to use.

If you’re looking for a simplistic and straightforward tube emulation plugin, the Tube Saturator Vintage is a great option. 

Starting with the drive dial in the middle, you’ll notice that you can increase or decrease the amount of distortion present.

At the bottom of the plugin are Bass, Mid, and Treble EQ bands with which you can affect the frequency response of your signal.  The bass and treble filters seem to be shelf filters, or very broad bell filters, while the mid-channel is a broadband filter.

To the right of the EQ section, you’ll notice 2 switches.  The first lets you turn on or off the EQ.  The second titled ‘Fat’ increases the amplitude of the harmonics to make the fundamental frequency sound more perceivable.

Here are the harmonics the plugin generates at medium levels of drive, and with the FAT switch engaged.

The harmonics are even and odd and descend in amplitude.  As you can see, the ‘Fat’ switch increases the amplitude of these harmonics, as well as subtly increases the amplitude of the fundamental.

mvMeter2 &#; TBProAudio

mvMeter2 is a great free VU emulation.

Although at first, this plugin may not be as exciting as some of the others on this list, it’s definitely a valuable one to have.

If you don’t already have a VU meter plugin or an actual VU meter, TBProAudio makes a great free version that covers just about all of your bases.

Although seemingly simple at first, this plugin has a lot of options.  First up, you can switch the measurement settings from the typical VU standard, too RMS K, Peak, and many others.

This makes it valuable for technical applications like trying to determine and set accurate loudnesses for certain forms of broadcast.

The skin and general design can be changed.

From there you can customize the skin of the meter, the frames per second of the display, and adjust the size too far larger than it would ever really need to be.  By clicking the Stereo text you can switch between Stereo and Mid/Side.

Up top, you can alter your reference level in dB and delay the signal’s measurement by milliseconds.

The 3 small buttons in the middle let you customize your display and the needle mode.

At the bottom, you can increase the output gain of your left and right signals with the 2 dials underneath the respective left and right meters.

The window can be collapsed to just one VU meter.

You can also customize the name of the VU meter in case you’re using multiple meters on various busses.  To the left of the name, you can link your channels, as well as calibrate the meter’s measurement.

To the right of the name section, you can collapse the window to just one VU meter.

If you need to learn more about headroom and what it means for your mix, take a look at one of our other blog posts:

What is Headroom for Mastering?

Dynasaur &#; Analog Obsession

Dynasaur is a 5-band compressor.

Last up is another plugin from Analog Obsession &#; this time it’s a multi-band compressor.

5 Bands let you hone in on what you want to compress and amplify.

Up top is your gain reduction meter.  Underneath this meter is your threshold, with which you can affect the amount of compression occurring. 

You can alter your attack and release times from fast to slow to affect the timbre of the compression.

The settings one each band are identical, with the exception of the center frequency range.

Next, there’s a variable ratio of to  The two rotaries underneath the ratio at for the center frequency, which changes with each band, and the bandwidth which ranges from narrow too broad.

At the bottom, we have a range of 48dB of gain.

At the bottom of the plugin you can alternate the signal detection between RMS and Peak.

Lastly, you can switch the signal detection mode from RMS to Peak, and vary these settings amongst the bands.

Conclusion

Analog emulation plugins are getting better with each new iteration.  Not only are they popular, but they’re also becoming staples in the sound of modern music production.

Maybe you won’t need all of these plugins, or even have a use for half of them &#; but hopefully, there’s at least one in this list that’ll make its way onto your next mix or master.

If there’s a free analog emulation plugin that we missed, let us know in the comment section of the video.  Also, if you do use one of these plugins, tell us how it worked out for you and if it improved your mix in any way.

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We&#;re currently living in the age of digital audio, and in-the-box mixing within a digital audio workstation is commonplace. Plugins are, therefore, invaluable assets for the modern audio engineer. Channel strips have been an invaluable part of recording studios and signal processing for decades. Today, there are a wide variety of channel strip plugins on the market, and in this article, we&#;ll be discussing what I believe to be the top 11 best channel strip plugins available.

The top 11 best channel strip plugins for digital audio workstations are:

  1. Solid State Logic SSL Native Channel Strip
  2. Softube Solid State Logic XL K-Series
  3. Acustica ACQUA Sand3
  4. Brainworx bx_console N
  5. Arturia TridA-Pre
  6. Waves Scheps Omni
  7. Eventide UltraChannel
  8. Softube Summit Audio Grand Channel
  9. Metric Halo ChannelStrip3
  10. iZotope Neutron 3
  11. DDMF The Strip

It should go without saying that any &#;top X&#; article is subject to bias. I would expect the next person&#;s top 11 to be different from mine but hope there would be plenty of overlap.

That being said, I believe these plugins to be the best channel strip plugin options today. The criteria I used to judge these plugins include the following:

  • Sonic performance: how does the channel strip plugin sound subjectively/objectively?
  • Graphic user interface (GUI): how does the channel strip plugin look when loaded in the DAW?
  • Ease-of-use: how user-friendly is the channel strip plugin?
  • Functionality: how many different functions does it serve and/or how many parameters are available for the channel strip effect?
  • Accessibility/compatibility: how easy is it to acquire the channel strip plugin, and what are the system requirements?

To learn why they made this list, let&#;s discuss each of the top 11 best channel strip plugins in greater detail.


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Solid State Logic SSL Native Channel Strip

The Solid State Logic SSL Native Channel Strip (link to check the price at Sweetwater) is a channel strip plugin that emulates two of SSL&#;s most iconic console EQ sections: the E-Series and G-Series.

The Solid State Logic SSL Native Channel Strip is compatible with Mac OS and Windows OS and comes in AAX, AU and VST formats.

The SSL Native Channel Strip plugin has been developed by the same company that produced the legendary consoles the plugin emulates. For decades, Solid State Logic has been a big name in the world of professional audio and today, they offer a select line of plugins that capture all the legendary character of their highly sought-after consoles and hardware.

There are many other plugins that aim to emulate SSL channel strips, but I&#;ve decided to include the most accurate in this list. Check out the alternative options in the Other Channel Strip Plugin Options section of this article.

So this plugin offers the legendary tone and features of an SSL console channel strip. The 4-band parametric EQ can be switched between E & G Series characteristics and can even be applied to the dynamics side chain. The Dynamics section offers a separate Compressor and Gate/Expander.

Each of the EQ options features a variable high-pass and low-pass filter, a low and high-shelf filter with a switchable bell-type filter option, and LMF and HMF parametric filters for a total of 6 bands.

To learn more about high-pass, low-pass and shelving filters as well as parametric EQ, check out the following My New Microphone articles:
• Audio EQ: What Is A High-Pass Filter & How Do HPFs Work?
• Audio EQ: What Is A Low-Pass Filter & How Do LPFs Work?
• Audio Shelving EQ: What Are Low Shelf & High Shelf Filters?
• The Complete Guide To Parametric Equalization/EQ

The E-Series EQ is slightly more aggressive, while the G-Series has a more restrained and focused character. Both EQ options are stellar, allowing for generous amounts of EQ without adding significant phase distortion to the signal.

The SSL Native Channel Strip compressor section has a switchable soft and hard knee option for two different flavours of compression. The Compressor and Gate/Expander sections feature fast/slow attack switches, each with independent sidechains. High and low-pass filters can be used to shape the sidechain signal for improved compression and frequency-dependent triggering.

To learn more about compressor knee, attack times and sidechain signals, check out the following My New Microphone articles:
• Dynamic Range Compression: What Is The Knee Control?
• Dynamic Range Compression: Attack & Release Controls
• The Complete Guide To Sidechain Compression In Audio

The SSL Native Channel Strip compressor section is based on the exquisite musical VCA designs that have made SLL compressors go-to tools for pro engineers around the world. With natural Ratio, Threshold and Release controls, this compressor offers an effortless setup and outstanding sonic performance.

The other superb dynamic control section of this channel strip is the gate/expander that does an amazing job at smoothly eliminating or reducing signal below a set threshold. This process is perfect for ridding the signal of mic bleed and background noise and sounds remarkably natural in doing so.

To learn more about ratio, threshold and release controls, as well as microphone bleed and noise, check out the following My New Microphone articles:
• Dynamic Range Compression: What Is The Ratio Control?
• Dynamic Range Compression: What Is The Threshold Control?
• Dynamic Range Compression: Attack & Release Controls
• What Is Microphone Bleed/Spill? (With Methods To Reduce It)
• 15 Ways To Effectively Reduce Microphone Noise

To make this channel strip plugin even more powerful, SSL has designed it with variable process order routing, allowing users to customize the signal flow routing to the desired order.

For more information on system requirements and authorization instructions, check out the SSL Native V6 user manual.

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Softube Solid State Logic XL K-Series

The Softube Solid State Logic XL K-Series (link to check the price at Plugin Boutique) is a plugin emulation of revered SSL XL K made for Softube&#;s Console 1 Hardware/Software Mixer (link to check the price at Sweetwater).

The Softube Solid State Logic XL K-Series is compatible with Mac OS and Windows OS and comes in AAX, AU and VST formats. It is also compatible with Softube&#;s Console 1.

Softube is known for its spectacular plugin emulations of high-end hardware. The company&#;s Solid State Logic XL K-Series channel strip plugin exemplifies Softube&#;s incredible modelling and plugin programming. Developed in collaboration with SSL engineers, this digital recreation is about as close to the wide and smooth sound or the &#;real deal&#; as we&#;ll get.

This channel strip features a beautifully clean, smooth and natural EQ, extended gate and compressor features, and a model of SSL&#;s Variable Harmonic Drive (VHD) for additional drive and saturation.

The EQ offers 4 parametric bands (Low, Low Mid, High Mid and High). The Low and High bands can be set up as bell, cut or shelving filters, while the 2 mid bands are fully parametric.

The compressor offers continuously adjustable ratio, threshold, attack and release parameters, and parallel control (from 0 to %) for easy parallel compression.

The VHD section of the channel strip allows users to dial in the perfect amount of saturation to the signal. From tube to transistor harmonic distortion, this section truly brings the classic analog warmth to the digital audio realm. This is an incredibly useful feature as the original SSL consoles were, themselves, impeccably clean.

The Softube Solid State Logic XL K-Series compressor can be switched between peak and RMS detection modes, offering additional versatility in the performance of this powerful plugin.

To learn more about peak and RMS compression, check out my article Peak Vs. RMS Dynamic Range Compressors In Audio.

The gate unit of the XL K&#;s Shape section is highly adaptable. Employing the Punch and Sustain knobs control, users can quickly and precisely control the range and hold levels of the dynamic gate.

For more information on system requirements and authorization instructions, check out the Solid State Logic XL K-Series at Softube.

Softube is featured in the following My New Microphone articles:
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Acustica ACQUA Sand3

The Acustica ACQUA Sand3 (link to check the price at Acustica Audio) is an entire suite of plugins that includes an impressive channel strip. They emulate the sonic behaviour of various high-end SSL consoles.

The Acustica ACQUA Sand3 is compatible with Mac OS and Windows OS and comes in AAX, AU and VST formats.

This suite is impressively powerful. In addition to the superb channel strip, the Acustica ACQUA Sand3 also includes 5 other plugins. The package comes with the following:

  • SAND3 Channel Strip
  • SAND3 EQ
  • SAND3+G EQ
  • SAND3+E EQ
  • SAND3 COMP
  • SAND 3 PRE

The Channel Strip offers 14 different routings, which are made accessible via a simple step knob at the centre of the plugin interface, making the internal chain of the plugin&#;s superb components easily adjustable.

This centre Control section also offers 5 switchable preamps, input and output level controls, and another rotary knob control for parallel compression. Below the Control section is an easy-to-use filter section (in addition to the EQ section) that offers a high-pass and low-pass filter based on one of 3 consoles (A, B or C).

The EQ section features 4 independent bands, two of which are fully parametric (LMF and HMF) and two of which are shelving filters (LF and HF). Each of the bands (like the aforementioned high-pass and low-pass filters) can be selected 1 of 3 as a particular console emulation:

  • Console EQ A: G Black Knob
  • Console EQ B: Brown Knob
  • Console EQ C: K J

Likewise, the compressor section offers 3 different emulations and features all the typical compressor controls, including makeup gain. The emulations are:

  • Comp A: Quad-Bus Comp
  • Comp C: Modified components of Comp A to sound a bit more modern
  • Comp D: The channel comp on G

To learn more about makeup gain, check out my article Dynamic Range Compression: What Is The Makeup Gain Control?

This channel strip also features multivariable meters for both input and output stages. Metering styles include VU, Peak, True Peak, LUFS, K12, K14, and more.

For more information on system requirements and authorization instructions, check out the ACQUA Sand3 at Acustica Audio.


Brainworx bx_console N

The Brainworx bx_console N (link to check the price at Plugin Alliance) is an emulation of the classic Neve VXS channel strip.

The Brainworx bx_console N is compatible with Mac OS and Windows OS and is available in AAX DSP, AAX Native, AU, AAX AudioSuite, SoundGrid and VST formats.

This incredibly accurate recreation of the Neve VXS channel strip is made possible with Brainworx&#;s patented Tolerance Modeling Technology. The distinct analog sound of this beloved yet rare console is now available in the easily accessible bx_console N plugin.

Tolerance Modeling Technology is a big deal. With this method, Brainworx has accurately replicated the naturally occurring variations in the values of over individual electronic components of the original console. The original console had 72 channels, and so the bx_console N offers up to 72 TMT variations of the plugin.

Each instance of this plugin will sound slightly different. In the digital world, this is a breath of fresh, analog air. Expect slight differences in the equalization curves, compression times, frequency and phase responses from instance to instance and a great analog sound.

In each of these instances, the Brainworx bx_console N offers a comprehensive Compressor/Limiter, full-featured Expander/Gate, powerful 4-band EQ, and wide-ranging High Pass and Low Pass filters, just like the original Neve VXS analog mixing console.

In addition to the incredible functionality based on the original hardware, Brainworx has included a few extra features to further improve upon an already impressive design. For example, the Mix knob now allows for quick and easy parallel compression within the plugin itself. The release of the compressor section features its own threshold control, and the sidechain has its own high-pass filter.

The superb 4-band EQ can be put in the signal chain post or pre-compression, and the plugin has comprehensive metering, including a mid-side solo feature.

Other impressive features of the bx_console N include:

  • THD (total harmonic distortion) control helps add even more analog warmth to the output of the channel strip
  • Gate has continuously variable Hysteresis control that prevents on-off chattering near the gate threshold
  • Continuously variable Virtual Gain control adds simulated analog noise to the signal

For more information on system requirements and authorization instructions, check out the bx_console N user manual.

Brainworx is featured in My New Microphone&#;s Top 11 Best Audio Plugin (VST/AU/AAX) Brands In The World.


Arturia TridA-Pre

The Arturia TridA-Pre (link to check the price at Plugin Boutique) is a plugin emulation of the beloved Trident A-Range console channel strip. More specifically, it is a spot-on digital recreation of channel 3 of Flemming Rasmussen&#;s Trident A-Range console from Sweet Silence North studio in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Arturia TridA-Pre is compatible with Mac OS and Windows OS and comes in AAX, AU and VST formats.

Arturia&#;s TridA-Pre, like the original hardware it emulates, is incredibly musical with a beautiful sonic richness. Only 13 consoles were ever made, though, with the Arturia TridA-Pre plugin, this rare channel strip has been made available to the masses!

Unlike the other plugins on this list, the Arturia TridA-Pre does not include a dynamics section. Rather, this Preamp/EQ combination is spectacular enough to hang with channel strip plugins deemed with considerable functionality advantages.

Arturia&#;s groundbreaking True Analog Emulation technology brings the character from the golden age of recording to modern DAWs with this user-friendly stereo channel strip plugin. From the GUI to the sonic character, this plugin matches the legendary hardware.

Drive the preamps creatively to achieve harmonically rich analog distortion and program-dependent compression. This is where the iconic tone begins.

Shape this tone further with the stereo EQ. Each channel has 4 bands (high, high-mid, low-mid, and low) with 4 switchable frequencies. Boost or cut up to ±15 dB independently or link them together. Alternatively, this plugin offers mid-side equalization, a feature unavailable in the original hardware.

To learn more about stereo and mid-side EQ, check out the following My New Microphone articles:
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Phase inversion and automatic gain control are two more noteworthy features of this superb plugin.

For more information on system requirements and authorization instructions, check out the TridA-Pre user manual.

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Waves Scheps Omni

The Waves Scheps Omni (link to check the price at Waves Audio) is a flexible 5-module channel strip plugin based on Andrew Schep&#;s tried and tested processing combinations.

The Waves Scheps Omni is compatible with Mac OS and Windows OS and comes in AAX, AU and VST formats. It is also compatible with Waves&#; eMotion LV1 live mixing console (link to check the price at Waves).

With the Waves Scheps Omni, we get a mixed bag of superb audio processes, affording us immense functionality and a versatile collection of sonic characteristics. Each of the diverse processors works cohesively together, based on the professional combinations of Andrew Scheps, to provide outstanding results, no matter the genre.

Waves&#; Scheps Omni Channel features 6 modules that you can be mixed and matched in whatever signal flow order we see fit:

  1. Pre (preamp): provides 3 types of analog saturation/harmonic distortion. Includes filters and thump (resonance) controls
  2. Comp (compressor):features 3 completely different compressors with a wet/dry control for easy parallel compression
  3. EQ (equalizer): 4-band parametric equalizer
  4. DS2 (de-esser): de-esser with 2 full-range bands and 4 filter types
  5. Gate: gating/expansion module with standard controls (threshold, attack and release) and adjustable maximum noise reduction
  6. Insert: an insert for an additional Waves plugin of your choice, including an extra instance of any of the Scheps Omni Channel modules

This impressive channel strip offers zero-latency performance and fully discrete control over each stereo channel. In fact, each module has independent internal MS/Duo/Stereo routing capabilities for maximal flexibility.

For more information on system requirements and authorization instructions, check out the Scheps Omni user manual.

Waves Audio is featured in My New Microphone&#;s Top 11 Best Audio Plugin (VST/AU/AAX) Brands In The World.


Eventide UltraChannel

The Eventide UltraChannel (link to check the price at Plugin Boutique) is a channel strip plugin featuring a strip&#;s worth of legendary Eventide effects.

The Eventide UltraChannel is compatible with Mac OS and Windows OS and comes in AAX, AU and VST formats.

This high-precision channel strip is an all-in-one industry-benchmark mixing tool for digital audio workstations.

This versatile plugin offers 8 incredible modules. Let&#;s discuss the functionality of each.

The Input module adjusts the overall input of the signal and offers an invert phase option.

The Gate will mute the signal if it drops below the set threshold. It can be triggered via an external sidechain signal.

The Compressor is a standard compressor with de-essing and sidechain functionality. The O-Pressor, which is derived from the company&#;s Omnipressor, provides tons of character and remarkably hard compression when dialled in to do so.

The 5-Band Parametric EQ, as the name suggests, offers 5 transparent bands of fully parametric EQ with a variety of filter types to choose from.

Eventide&#;s Micro Pitch Shift & Stereo Delays module utilizes patented pitch shifting and superior stereo delay spread/panning to produce incredible delay and/or stereo widening.

Finally, the output module controls the ultimate output level of the channel strip plugin. It also contains a model of an analog transformer, which can be driven into wonderful-sounding saturation.

Eventide&#;s trademarked FlexiPath routing allows processors to be ordered based on desired signal flow for ultimate control and experimentation. Simply drag and drop modules to reorder the signal path. With over presets, getting the best tone could be as simple as finding the right preset or as involved as tweaking every single parameter to your exact liking.

All in all, this highly versatile channel strip sounds amazing and is designed in a user-friendly straightforward manner.

For more information on system requirements and authorization instructions, check out the UltraChannel user manual.

Eventide is featured in My New Microphone&#;s Top 11 Best Audio Plugin (VST/AU/AAX) Brands In The World.


Softube Summit Audio Grand Channel

The Softube Summit Audio Grand Channel (link to check the price at Plugin Boutique) combines the EQF parametric passive equalizer with the TLAA compressor in a powerful and flexible channel strip plugin.

TheSoftube Summit Audio Grand Channel is compatible with Mac OS and Windows OS and comes in AAX, AU and VST formats. It is also compatible with Softube&#;s Console 1 Hardware/Software Mixer (link to check the price at Sweetwater).

Softube&#;s Summit Audio Grand Channel is a highly versatile channel strip that will cover a large part of your mixing needs. This plugin has been carefully modelled to sound precisely like the superb original analog hardware it aims to emulate.

The EQ and compressor can be bypassed independently of one another, and the plugin also offers a switch to put EQ before compression or vice versa in the signal chain.

The Grand Channel&#;s EQF Full Range Equalizer offers a high and low-pass filter along with an incredible 4-band EQ section. From enormous bottom-end to the silkiest top-end and musical mid-range control in between, the equalization of this plugin sound amazing.

The Grand Channel&#;s TLAA Compressor is super easy to use with gain, gain reduction, attack/release and internal/external sidechain controls. The powerful compression of the TLAA is distinctly analog and brings even the weakest tracks out in an authoritative way.

In addition to the perfectly modelled EQ and compressor, the Grand Channel offers extra modern controls such as Parallel Compression, Saturation Control and Low Cut Filtering on input or detector.

For more information on system requirements and authorization instructions, check out the Softube user manual.


Metric Halo ChannelStrip3

The Metric Halo ChannelStrip3 (link to check the price at B&H Photo/Video) is an impressive feature-rich channel strip plugin reminiscent of a large console (though not a particular emulation of anything specific) with a great deal of additional functionality.

The Metric Halo ChannelStrip3 is compatible with Mac OS and Windows OS and comes in AAX, AU and VST formats.

Metric Halo&#;s ChannelStrip3 is well laid out and notably powerful. It&#;s as if it gives us a large format analog console channel strip in our DAW, only with modernized features included. It works fantastically on individual tracks as well as mix buses.

At first glance, this plugin may look intimidating. However, its controls all make sense and apply intuitively to the module they belong to. The metering to the right-hand side gives us a superb amount of information and, once we get the hang of the layout, this powerful plugin is rather straightforward.

With everything laid out as is, this plugin provides a world-class workflow along with its world-class sonic performance.

The modules of the ChannelStrip3 are all unified in one interface. They include an Expander, Compressor, 6-band EQ, and a limiter with EQ/Compressor routing control. This plugin also offers phase invert, channel delay, comprehensive metering and Metric Halo&#;s trademarked SpectraFoo spectrum analysis.

The Fully parametric interpolated EQ features 6 bands with a variety of filter options.

Individually switchable sidechains (internal or external) are made possible for both dynamics blocks (gate/expander and compressor). There&#;s also a sidechain EQ to affect the dynamics of the channel strip.

For more information on system requirements and authorization instructions, check out the ChannelStrip3 user manual.


iZotope Neutron 3

The iZotope Neutron 3 (link to check the price at Plugin Boutique) is a fully-featured 6-module mixing tool. In other words, it&#;s a highly functional channel strip plugin.

The iZotope Neutron 3 is compatible with Mac OS and Windows OS and comes in AAX, AU and VST formats.

The iZotope Neutron 3 is also featured in the following My New Microphone articles:
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iZotope is well-known for its superb modular mixing and mastering suites. The Neutron 3 is a standout channel strip with 6 versatile modules.

Marketed as the easiest, most intelligent way to bring unrivalled quality and speed to your mix, Neutron 3 delivers with Mix Assistant technology and its unique Sculptor module. The Mix Assistant effectively listens to the track/bus in the context of the greater mix to intelligently suggest initial mix settings after a single listen. The Sculptor module allows for fast tone shaping with 25 instrument profiles.

The Neutron 3 sounds incredible and offers tons of functionality. Its modules include:

  • Sculptor: a spectral shaper to reduce resonance and boost important frequencies (similar to EQ)
  • Transient Shaper: changes the contour of transients with dedicated attack and release controls
  • Exciter: a frequency band-dependent aural exciter that adds subtle saturation to select frequencies
  • Gate: a multiband gate that mutes unwanted noise from the signal as specified bands drop below a defined threshold
  • Compressor: a fully functional compressor
  • Equalizer: a fully functional intelligent EQ

This powerful plugin also offers a Masking Meter that conveniently displays how the audio in question may be masked by other signals in the mix, offering suggestions to help achieve a more cohesive and cooperative EQ in the overall mix.

On top of all that, this iZotope plugin looks awesome, too. It&#;s practically a one-stop-shop for all things mixing and is fully deserving of a spot on this list of the best channel strip plugins.

For more information on system requirements and authorization instructions, check out the Neutron 3 specs at iZotope.

iZotope is featured in My New Microphone&#;s Top 11 Best Audio Plugin (VST/AU/AAX) Brands In The World.


DDMF The Strip

The DDMF The Strip (link to check the price at PluginFox) is a superb channel strip plugin inspired by vintage design but completely original, otherwise.

The DDMF The Strip is compatible with Mac OS and Windows OS and comes in AAX, AU and VST formats.

DDMF&#;s The Strip may be a simple plugin, but it covers all the essentials and performs with sonic excellence. It features the finest EQ, gate and compressor all in one easy-to-use plugin. That&#;s not to mention how great it looks in terms of its user interface.

This straightforward channel strip provides a low and high-pass filter along with 4 peak filters and a low-shelf filter in a natural-sounding EQ with just the right mix of character and transparency.

The Strip&#;s compressor is smooth and utilitarian. There&#;s nothing overly special about this section, but its simple threshold, ratio, attack and release controls can be dialled in for the perfect style and amount of dynamic range compression.

Similarly, the gate with variable threshold, range, attack, and release to prevent unwanted noise.

In addition to solid, reliable performance, the DDMF The Strip offers phase invert, signal flow (Comp into EQ or EQ into Comp) and 2x oversampling switchable options.

For more information on system requirements and authorization instructions, check out The Strip at DDMF.


Other Channel Strip Plugin Options

Other excellent channel strip plugins to consider (with the hardware models they emulate, if applicable) are:

  1. SSL E
  2. SSL G
  3. Neve 80 Series
  4. EMI TG
  5. API Vision
  6. Original

Choosing the best audio plugins for your DAW can be a challenging task. For this reason, I&#;ve created My New Microphone&#;s Comprehensive Audio Plugins Buyer&#;s Guide. Check it out for help in determining your next audio plugin purchases.


Other Top Audio Plugin Articles

Here are additional My New Microphone articles regarding the best audio plugins by type:
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• Top 11 Best Saturation Plugins For Your DAW
• Top 11 Best Digital Equalizer/EQ Plugins For Your DAW
• Top 10 Best Digital Parametric EQ Plugins For Your DAW
• Top 10 Best Dynamic EQ Plugins For Your DAW
• Top 8 Best Graphic EQ Plugins For Your DAW
• Top 10 Best Linear Phase EQ Plugins For Your DAW
• Top 10 Best Parametric EQ Emulation Plugins For DAWs
• Top 8 Best Passive EQ Emulation Plugins For Your DAW
• Top 11 Best Digital Compressor Plugins For Your DAW
• Top 11 Best FET Compressor Emulation Plugins For Your DAW
• Top 10 Best Optical Compressor Emulation Plugins
• Top 10 Best Multiband Compressor Plugins For Your DAW
• Top 11 Best Variable-Mu Compressor Emulation Plugins
• Top 11 Best VCA Compressor Emulation Plugins For Your DAW
• Top 10 Best Limiter Plugins For Your DAW
• Top 11 Best Chorus Modulation Plugins For Your DAW
• Top 9 Best Flanger Modulation Plugins For Your DAW
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• Top 11 Best Tremolo Modulation Plugins For Your DAW
• Top 10 Best Analog Delay Emulation Plugins For Your DAW
• Top 10 Best Digital Delay Plugins For Your DAW
• Top 10 Best Tape Delay Emulation Plugins For Your DAW
• Top 12 Best Reverb Plugins (Spring, Plate, Algorithmic, Convolution)
• Top 9 Best Stereo Imaging Plugins For Your DAW
• Top 11 Best Guitar Amp Simulator Plugins For Your DAW
• Top 7 Best Noise Reduction Plugins For Your DAW


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