Wave Arts Tube Saturator AAX
Tube Saturator is the world’s most accurate real time tube amp plug-in. Unlike other tube simulators, which use radically simplified models, Tube Saturator uses state of the art circuit simulation technology to capture every nuance of an analog circuit. With circuit simulation, the analog schematic (consisting of the individual resistors, capacitors, tubes, and so on) completely defines the signal processing. The schematic is converted into a system of non-linear differential equations which is solved at each sampling period, in realtime. That’s mathematical talk for “it sounds exactly like the analog circuit”.
The circuit simulation technology is extremely CPU intensive, and hence we are only able to simulate very simple circuits at this time. A fast computer is highly recommended to run the plug-in. Tube Saturator is in fact a basic circuit consisting of a Baxandall type three-band EQ feeding two 12AX7 triode preamp stages. It’s similar to preamp stages you’d find in a guitar amp, but it is by no means a complete guitar amplifier model— that would be way too expensive to simulate even with today’s fast CPUs. However, it is extremely accurate, and hence you can get the same distortion and tonal characteristics that you’d expect from a real tube preamp.
Use Tube Saturator to add a bit of analog warmth to recordings, or increase the drive for some distortion. You can use it as a saturating peak limiter too.
Increasing the Drive control increases the (digital) input gain while decreasing the (digital) output gain, so you can easily adjust distortion levels. The FAT switch changes the bias circuit of the first preamp stage to increase gain.
Accurate tube preamp simulator using 64-bit circuit simulation technology
Two common cathode 12AX7 preamp stages
Baxandall 3-band EQ
Drive control for distortion adjustment
FAT mode for increased punch
Analog style metering
Up to 192 kHz sampling rate, depending on CPU speed.
Mono or stereo
A fast multi-core computer is highly recommended
OS X 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8
A host program that supports the AU, MAS, VST, or RTAS plug-in architecture.
Audio Units and VST – 32 and 64-bit Intel Mac.
MAS and RTAS – 32-bit Universal Binary (Intel and PowerPC).
Windows 2000, XP, Vista or 7.
A host program that supports the DirectX, VST, or RTAS plug-in architecture.
Wave Arts plug-ins are not standalone applications, instead they “plug-in” to a host audio editor application. You must run an audio editor or workstation application such as Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Sonar, Ableton Live, Sound Forge, Audition, Samplitude, Nuendo, WaveLab, Digital Performer, Studio One, etc. (there are a lot of choices). Wave Arts plug-ins support many plug-in formats, on Mac OS we support VST, AU, AAX, RTAS, AS, and MAS formats and on Windows we support VST, DX, AAX, RTAS, and AS formats.
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