Overall, the Softube CL1B is a great sounding plug-in that is incredibly easy to use. While it doesn’t sound as good as its hardware counterpart, it still has a great tone and is an easier and cheaper way to get this sort of tone. The price is pretty reasonable and I always love having the hardware interface look inside of a plug-in as I find that it makes it easier to use and is overall more user friendly. If you are looking to add a great sounding compression plug-in at a reasonable price, regardless of if you are familiar with the hardware Tube Tech CL1B, you should definitely check out this plug-in version. I would also compare this one to the TC Electronic CL1B plug-in as both are comparable. Since I have used the Softube CL1B on a machine where it was already installed, I wasn’t involved at all in the installation process. I can say however that since I have been using it it has functioned properly and I haven’t had any compatibility problems or other issues. The interface of the plug-in is extremely easy to follow, even if you don’t have experience with the hardware version of the CL1B. The plug-in simple has parameters for gain, ratio, threshold, attack, and release, and also has switches for metering, bus select, and one to choose if the attack and release will be fixed or manual. Since the configuration of the interface only contains basic parameters that are seen on most compressors, unless you are having problems installing this, I don’t think that the manual is needed As well as a lookalike fascia, there’s a display panel replicating the mode descriptions from the original’s manual. At first glance, it looks like a pretty simple processor with limiting, expansion and gating (all externally sidechainable). However, the numerous combinable options mean there are over 18 operating modes. Options include peak or average detection modes, pre-emphasised sidechain and a Range knob for adjusting the maximum amount of gain reduction, from 60dB down to 0dB. On the original unit, this only worked on the gate/expander, but in the Softube version, you can use it with the limiter too. Dyna-mite includes VCA gain coupling (automatic makeup gain) when in limiting mode, and a form of program-dependent release that works in conjunction with the manual release control (50ms to 5s). Attack times aren’t continuously variable but are determined by the detector setting. In average mode, the time can be anything between about 1 and 15ms, while in peak mode, it’s a mere 50 microseconds. Gain ratios are ‘infinity’ for the limiter, 1:2 for the expander and 1:20 for the gate. By combining settings, a few unusual effects can be had, such as so-called negative limiting.
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