AudioThing has released Speakers, a new microphone and speaker simulation plug-in. With 30 microphone and 47 speaker simulations ranging from legendary studio gear to lo-fi toys, Speakers offers a ton of creative options for your audio tracks.
Sometimes you just don’t have that expensive ribbon microphone on hand that would be just right for your recording. Or you’d like to add character to a track by playing it through a pair of seasoned vintage speakers. Hardware solutions are expensive and sometimes hard to come by – only the top 1% of studios could possibly have every imaginable mic in their collection. Microphone and speaker simulations like AudioThing’s latest plug-in Speakers can be an affordable alternative and a creative tool.
Speakers is the successor to the much more basic Speaker, which AudioThing released in 2016. According to the developer, the new plug-in uses a convolution engine to impart the sound of a wide range of microphones and speakers to the signal. All in all, there are 30 mics and 47 speakers to choose from. These aren’t limited to studio classics, although some of those are also included. Speakers also offers many creative options like vintage recorders, toys, radios, telephones and even a Game Boy. It also includes a selection of guitar cabinets. From what I can tell, pretending that your tracks were recorded with super-expensive gear that only a few can afford isn’t the main objective here. Instead, Speakers lets you play around with a wide variety of unusual recording and playback devices, until you find just the right sound for your track.
The microphone and speaker simulations each come with echo, feedback and pitch controls, as well as balance and mix knobs and a phase switch. Both modules also include their own five-band EQs. You can further shape the sound using the plug-in’s effects chain. There’s a distortion module with 15 algorithms for those lo-fi vibes, and a choice of 30 background noises for putting your audio in a different context. The plug-in also offers a simple compressor and a multi-mode filter. The routing of the mic and speaker simulations and effects can be configured freely, which gives you even more creative options.
Speakers looks like a great tool for experimenting with different and unusual microphone and speaker combinations for your recordings. Who knows, maybe you’ll find out that a Fisher Price mic is just what your next vocal recording needs!
Price and availability
AudioThing Speakers is now available for an introductory price of USD 59. The regular price will be USD 99. You can get the plug-in at Pluginboutique*.
The plug-in runs on macOS 10.7 or higher and Windows 7 or higher (64 bit) in VST, VST3, AU and AAX formats. A demo version is available from the AudioThing website.