Easily add the warmth and character of analog tape to your tracks with a faithful plugin emulation of Apogee's Soft Limit™.
Soft Limit Tape Emulation and Apogee Converters
Soft Limit has been an integral feature of Apogee converters since the AD-500 our first standalone A-D converter released in 1991. And now for the very first time this simple but highly effective analog tape emulation is available as an audio plugin. During development of the AD-500 we recognized that while the new digital audio technology offered superior performance and lower distortion the technical deficiencies of analog tape created a pleasing sound that engineers didn’t want to give up. And so Soft Limit was created an analog circuit placed before the A-D conversion stage to gracefully round transients and add harmonic warmth. Soft Limit has been a feature on pretty much every Apogee A-D converter since from the AD-8000 to Symphony I/O to the latest Duet 3.
Adjustable Soft Limit Threshold
The original Soft Limit circuit had a fixed Threshold, limiting the ways it was employed. The Soft Limit plugin allows you to adjust the Threshold down to -18 dBfs, so you can dial in the entire range of Soft Limit.
With Auto Makeup on, level is added as you lower the Soft Limit Threshold, perfectly managing gain so you can concentrate on achieving the sound you’re after.
To access the crunchier side of Soft Limit, the Drive knob offers ± 18 dB of level trim before Soft Limit.
Once you’ve set everything else to perfection, the Output knob offers ± 18 dB of level trim to optimize the plugin output for the next stage in your DAW.
Right now, this plugin is available for FREE! Users can access the plugin by downloading it from Apogee's site here.
Apogee is distributed in the UK/ROI by Sound Technology Ltd. For more information please call 01462 480000 or visit www.soundtech.co.uk/music-retail/apogee.