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AlexB - Opto Tube Dynamics

Post by AlexB » Sat Oct 06, 2012 3:02 pm

Hello !

Opto Tube Dynamics released !

SAMPLED AT 96kHz AND 44.1kHz !!! :)

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Opto Tube Dynamics

The Blue Sound

All tube based Opto compressors. The units feature a gain-reduction element, positioned immediately after the input transformer. It is controlled by the sidechain amplifier, which also contain the two time control circuits. The gain-reduction element is followed by a tube-based push-pull amplifier. The number of hit records featuring these compressors is countless and the number of stars demanding them for their recording and mixing is extreme! Use them for keys, guitars, vocals, mixbus, mastering, the result is always musical and transparent.
Some differences exist between the two units, the C2A dual compressor has a little more "round" character to the compression and a little different frequency response compared to C1B mono compressor.
These compressors deliver the most musical "blue sound" by tubes and smooth, clean musical compression by opto cell, just what's needed to make the track glue to your mix without mudiness or distortion.

The units has been refurbished with BC audio capacitors and NOS Telefunken / Siemens tubes.

. 10 differents programs at 5K
. C1B ratio 2:1, 4:1, 6:1, 8:1, 10:1
. C2A ratio 1,5:1, 3:1, 5:1, 7:1, 10:1
. Internal HPF SideChain
. External SideChain function
. Special skin
. Over 100MB library programs
. Available as single library or as discounted bundle

Programs characteristics and details in the :OTD User Manual

PLEASE NOTE:
These are "smooth compressors", if you need very fast attack and heavy compression you may look at other hardware and/or programs.
The presets are programmed to be closer at the SOUND of the hardware with the best compromise. However Nebula is not able to exactly mime the behavior of the opto cell.
You can trick the parameters but you will go away from the original sound.

>>> Free Demo available.

PLEASE update your Nebula plugin at the very last release !

For new customers special "Welcome" price for the OTD library bundle.

Silver customers get 25% discount for the single library and for the OTD library bundle; see on the webpage and place an order with webmail form if you want to take advantage from this offer (and please, be patient: the order will be processed manually in less than 24h. I don't live in front of the computer...) :mrgreen:

Customers will receive an informative email also.

Thank you, all the best ! ;)
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Re: AlexB - Opto Tube Dynamics

Post by Henry Olonga » Sat Oct 06, 2012 3:19 pm

Well, well, well Alex. You promised this baby a while back and here it is. Fantastic news! :D

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Post by jesse.nemitz » Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:30 pm

Thanks so much for making this. Lucky me I'm right about to mix a brand new song. Just in time to have some serious la2a/CL1B action on the song. THANKS; can't wait to use them.

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Re: AlexB - Opto Tube Dynamics

Post by cactuseskimo » Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:01 pm

Will these actually compress in useable ways like Cupwise's release? All other nebula compressors seem a lot less exciting now . . .

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Post by daveedwards » Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:30 pm

I only had a chance to test the demo for a minute but this is a rather impressive compressor. It does seem to handle transients well and does not seem to suffer from the bizarre behavior of a lot of other nebula comps (I may be wrong about this though, only had 30 min or so to test today). I tried it on drum loops (electronic and rather aggressive) and it held up very well.

The thing about this compressor that's quite different from the 4k library, is that this is a smooth, rather reserved compressor from what I can tell. It is not meant to smack like an S*L or 1176. Thats why I think it handles transients better, is that with this you're using it for smoother, more transparent gain reduction rather than dialing in tons of punch.

The biggest thing I noticed with this is the coloring it applies to the signal frequency wise. There is definitely a vintage analog sound to this that is not audible in Softube's CL1b model. If you like your mixes bright and modern as I do and compress with this, you'll likely need to add some highs back in, although for the character that may well be worth it.

Alex are there any plans to update your 4k series or 1176 series with some of the things that have been discussed on this forum recently regarding compressors? I quite like the color of the 4k PRO series I bought but it just isn't a reliable compressor and has problems with transients at times. That color and punch, if it were to be updated with some of the tweaks cupwise has come up with, would really be something.

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Re: AlexB - Opto Tube Dynamics

Post by indelible » Sat Oct 06, 2012 11:05 pm

Can this be used on the stereo buss?

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Post by AlexB » Sat Oct 06, 2012 11:11 pm

1 - you can't go off road or in the desert with a Lamborghini Mucielago... i.e. T******h is not 1176...

2 - I will do an upgrade at released compressors and there will be an improvement BUT changing the settings with these tweaks it will change the SOUND of the compressor making it far to the hardware, and it is not my goal.
Can this be used on the stereo buss?
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Post by sneaky » Sun Oct 07, 2012 12:39 am

wow the order process is much snappier :D

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Post by maniak » Sun Oct 07, 2012 2:06 am

Hi Alex,
One question. The unit was sampled on Manual mode? or Fixed Manual mode?

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Post by cps418 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 1:31 pm

2 - I will do an upgrade at released compressors and there will be an improvement BUT changing the settings with these tweaks it will change the SOUND of the compressor making it far to the hardware, and it is not my goal.

but if it's not to much work maybe the change from the original may not be a bad thing, if it still retains a true analogish sound and gives us the true compressor functionality that we need. S*L compressors sound nice, but Alex B compressors might evan rival it (With nebula tools) a new span of hardware /software compsressors could rise up... Right now we are all chasing name brands.

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Re: AlexB - Opto Tube Dynamics

Post by lipa » Sun Oct 07, 2012 2:51 pm

+1 to the above...great news about that upgrade! Please Alex tweak it a lot, we don't really need totally exact copy of hardware.. ;)

Anyway, apart from the nice, vibey behaviour the Opto Comp sounds very fat, tubey and has so much character.. and it's so nice we have in the bundle two different sounding versions! Alex was definitely not wasting his time lately! :P

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Post by AlexB » Sun Oct 07, 2012 3:38 pm

lipa wrote:+1 to the above...great news about that upgrade! Please Alex tweak it a lot, we don't really need totally exact copy of hardware.. ;)
Ehmmm yes and no.
If the tweak damage the original sound, which is really close at the hardware, I prefer to preserve this. I don't release any library that sound flat and lifeless like a plugin, sorry. Nebula is unique for vibe, dynamics, colors, depth and firstly I like to maintain these characteristics (which professionals demands). Some improvements are possible BUT until the sound will be preserved, I don't go over this threshold. You think that only changing the algo from "smooth" to something else the sound go away from the original sampled hardware and this needs a complete new revision of the whole process.
(Now I hope to avoid a long debate here on "tweak yes - tweak no", thanks) 8-)
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Post by richie43 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:21 pm

I have to say that I support Alex on this one. Besides, he does what he does and does it well. And remember, the so-called tweaks that Cupwise has been working with, which are stunning, are also for a very clean piece of hardware. I have no issues with Alex giving us something less clean and "vibey", even if the behavior is not perfect. I guess I am always happy to have more and diverse color for my work, I can always find "behavior" somewhere else. Oops, I suppose even if I agree with Alex, I am continuing the debate he wants to avoid...... :roll:
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Post by cps418 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 8:49 pm

richie43 wrote:I have to say that I support Alex on this one. Besides, he does what he does and does it well. And remember, the so-called tweaks that Cupwise has been working with, which are stunning, are also for a very clean piece of hardware. I have no issues with Alex giving us something less clean and "vibey", even if the behavior is not perfect. I guess I am always happy to have more and diverse color for my work, I can always find "behavior" somewhere else. Oops, I suppose even if I agree with Alex, I am continuing the debate he wants to avoid...... :roll:
the debate he wants to avoid.. sounds like a shut up statement to me, If you define it as a debate, or something negative how do we explore new things. "A meeting of the minds" is the is what this is. Not a shut up and be happy because one dev. says so.

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Re: AlexB - Opto Tube Dynamics

Post by SWAN » Sun Oct 07, 2012 8:50 pm

I think the point is to do the compression programs like the more recent ones you need to approach the sampling sessions differently as I understand this - so what is being asking of AlexB is not a 'tweak' but a complete resampling of the units...I think his current programs can be 'tweaked' but this I think is a smaller change...I could be wrong tho but Im assuming the sample sessions are dependent on the NAT settings that are used for the specific session...

Still Im curious to hear a nice smooth tube comp mojo...
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