Freeware: Retroband Distortion

RetroBand models several interaction aspects of gain stages and transformers. It generates IMD and crossover distortions present especially in Class A/B gain stages. RetroBand also features several forms of transient shaping.

As opposed to sterile but perfect digital sound, IMD and cross-over distortions can sound good. They are present in most vintage gear. There are three different models in RetroBand generating distortion for a good range of sound shaping. No particular piece of equipment is simulated in any of them, but the combined flexibility can generate some of the desirable aspects of great sounding gear. It could be said RetroBand is one of the missing links to analog sound in a digital audio workstation.

RetroBand is a distortion unit at heart. It does warming, sharpening, roughing up, softening and smoothing – or all these combined. It may enrich sterile sound sources. Failing equipment can be easily simulated. With some luck it makes things sound larger than life. The transient enhanced distortion models with mid-side stereo controls can change or revive a stereo image.

Features

Digital model of interaction between gain stages and transformers
Three flexible distortion models with noise modulation
Transient shaping within the distortion models
Mid-side stereo image controls
Advanced noise modes to imprint effects of noise on signal without the hiss and rumble
64-bit signal path with highly optimised
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