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Softube Tube-Tech CL1B MK2 Compressor - Anyone Upgrade?

MHP

Audio Engineer & Producer
i have v1 - very nice.

thoughts on Mk II?

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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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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 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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MHP

Audio Engineer & Producer
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?
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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Zoot_Rollo

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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.

I have the Waves version.

Just thinking Softube would be an order better.
 
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Henu

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recommended over the Waves PuigTec?
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.
 

Alex Niedt

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I have the Waves version.

Just thinking Softube would be an order better.
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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