You can't have a hardware box for everything... so sometimes it just comes handy to have a Plug-In that simulates what the big names are doing with dedicated hardware. To avoid spending big money the Plug-Ins below can be downloaded and used for free. To keep development costs down they don't use fancy user interfaces. What counts is the sound!
If you have further questions or trouble using the plug-ins, check the FAQ!
WARNING: the VST Plug-Ins on this site DON'T work in ProTools using the VST wrapper!
ADT - Artificial Double Tracking
The ADT technique was developed at Abbey Road Studios by engineers recording the Beatles in the 1960s. To free John Lennon from having to sing everything twice for real double tracking they came up with an artificial replacement: they sent the original signal to another tape machine and re-recorded it. Due to the physical distance between record and playback heads the new signal was delayed. The length of the delay depends on the tape speed (the slower the tape is running the longer it takes for the signal to travel from the record to the playback head). However, due to the machine's (small amounts of) Wow and Flutter the delay time was not fixed but varied slightly, giving an additional chorus-like effect.
The ADT Plug-In takes a mono input signal and creates a stereo output. The original input signal will be output on one channel, the new ADT signal on the other. Blending the two is also possible. The Plug-In allows to control the delay time (10 - 50ms), Wow and Flutter (both with intensity in % and frequency). All values are based on the technical data of the tape machines that was originally used to create this effect. Take a look at a screenshot.
Some user feedback can be found on the KVR Forum.
Poor Plate - stereo plate reverb
Plate reverbs have been among the first devices for artificial reverberation. The first digital reverb units by EMT and Lexicon tried to model plate reverbs instead of real spaces. The Poor Plate is a Plug-In for all those people who can neither afford a real plate nor one of the classic digital units.
RIAA - phono equalization
This Plug-In provides normal and inverse RIAA equalization. It thus can be used for record playback or vinyl cutting purposes. Another nice trick is to use it to simulate certain 'vinyl sound effects' by applying the inverse RIAA curve to your signal and after running it through a compressor converting it back to flat.
Works at the standard sample rates from 44.1kHz up to 96kHz.
Not a Plug-In, but a standalone DSD to PCM converter application for OS X 10.5 and 10.6 is also available. It allows to convert DSDIFF, DSF and raw DSD files to LPCM AIFF.
If you have questions or comments don't hesitate to email to info /at/ vacuumsound.de. Please note that I don't answer emails about non-working stuff if you don't specify the operationg system and software you are trying to use.