True Iron by developer Kazrog is an universally-praised plug-in which emulates the strength and character of six electrical transformers. The UTC 108 X, Malotki E4M – 4001B, Western Electric 111C, Haufe V178, Marinair LO1166/A and UTC 0-12 have been top choices for driving the vintage analog equipment we know and love.
For example, the 108X comes straight out of the very first Ampex multitrack tape machines made in the 1950s, not to mention the fabled LA2A tube limiting amplifier. The Malotki exists in broadcast equipment made by the likes of Neumann, Telefunken, Siemens; and notably, the U73b limiter once considered the “German Fairchild”. Haufe transfomers were go-to choices for Georg Neumann and his game-changing microphones. The Marinair was, of course, used in the original Neve 1073 mic preamp/EQ modul and Neve 1272 channel strips. And the UTC O-12 was used in the famous UREI Blue Stripe 1176 compressor all the way through to revision F.
Clearly, Kazrog has done a remarkable amount of homework before heading to the shed! But what do these virtual irons do for your productions? Short answer – they add heft, warmth, grit and attitude. Long answer – you get that and adjustable parameters such as strength, input impedance, a wet/dry ratio control knob, and an aptly titled Crush control for additional transformer saturation. Really cool!
Kazrog True Iron – 50% off sale
Presently, Kazrog is selling True Iron at a 50% discount which brings the price down to USD 20. This makes for a great moment to invest in one of the finest virtual analog plug-ins ever produced. A free demo version that’s not time limited but silences audio output randomly is available for further convincing.
True Iron works under macOS 10.9.5 and higher, or Windows 7 and higher. The plug-in is 64-bit only and is available in VST, VST3, AU, and AAX Native formats. Pro Tools 11 or higher is required for the AAX version.