Developer Tone Empire has upgraded its Goliath analog channel strip plug-in to version 2, bringing aboard considerable improvements. The new sound engine and added features make for a significant update that sees its giant grow even bigger, functionally speaking.
Tone Empire Goliath V2
Goliath V2 combines analog-modeled saturation, EQ, and compression sections. The Saturation module is notably expanded with 4 types of processing – Alloy, Tube, Tape, and Vinyl. The audio engine combines convolution and component modeling to recreate real hardware processing chains. Alloy emulates a Neve 1081 preamp/EQ module from the 70s. Tube models a valve processing chain comprised of modern and classic gear. Tape is based on an ATR-700 tape reel recorder running at 15ips. Vinyl models an analog mastering chain ending with a Neumann vinyl cutting machine that was sampled down to its dubplate.
The saturation module includes a Drive control to let you squeeze additional saturation out of each modeled chain. Furthermore, the Envelope section now features a full FET compressor, while the EQ module sees the addition of a 3-band parametric EQ with low-cut filter. You will also find an Env-EQ MIX control to carefully blend the saturated signal into the dynamics and EQ modules.
The Envelope section hosts an 1176-style FET compressor with Threshold, Ratio, Attack, and Release. The latter three are fixed onto several pre-programmed settings chosen by the developer to handle a variety of material. The Ratio control goes from 2:1 to ‘All Buttons In’ for a proper 1176 experience.
Overall, Goliath V2 is an interesting take on analog saturation in-the-box. The choice of sampled gear is unique to the plug-in and you should be able to get some rare sounds out of it.
Price and availability
Goliath V2 is sold at an introductory USD 39, down from USD 70. The plug-in is available in VST3, AU, and AAX formats for 64-bit Windows and Mac (incl. M1) computers. A free 15-day trial version can be downloaded, along with the user manual.