Softube Tube-Tech CL1B MK2 Compressor - Anyone Upgrade?

Discussion in 'Mixing, Post-Production, and Effects' started by Zoot_Rollo, Jun 12, 2019 at 11:34 AM.

  1. Zoot_Rollo

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    The Tube-Tech CL 1B (Legacy and Mk II Native) is my go-to-compressor for nearly all vocal tracks, usually as a complete classic channel strip with the EQs PE 1C and ME 1B.

    The Mk II adds the option for parallel compression and mid/side-processing but I am still used to and prefer the GUI of the legacy version which is more compact and 3-dimensional.

    Soundwise the differences are subtle (if there are any) and you can get a 20-day-demo license from Softube to find out if it is worth the upgrade.
     
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    the CL1B is magic on Fender guitar cleans.

    i am more inclined though, from your comments, to get PE 1C and ME 1B for $119.

    recommended over the Waves PuigTec?
     
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    Cannot comment on the Waves PuigTec EQs - never tested them.
    But Waves seems to throw them out very cheap at the moment ($34.50).
    My personal preference is towards Softube though.
     
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    I have the Waves version.

    Just thinking Softube would be an order better.
     
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    Anything is recommended over Puigtec.

    Well, not necessarily, but the Waves is way too aggressive-sounding and exaggerated (like many of their analog plugins are). It's better than not having a Pultec-clone plugin at all, but nothing to dial home about. Haven't tried the Softube one, but I'd guess it at least should sound smoother than the Waves.
     
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    They're not even emulating the same thing. The Waves emulates an actual Pultec, while the Softube is an emulation of the Tube-Tech, and they sound nothing alike, really.

    Anyway, the CL 1B update is good. More accurate to the hardware, and the additional features are great.
     

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