Plugin Alliance has released Neold Warble, a new tape modulation and lo-fi effect. The developer says that Warble “makes everything you throw at it sound special, warm, and analog”. How does it do it? Let’s take a look.
Warble consists of three main effect blocks, which can be used by themselves or in combination. The modulation block simulates effects like wow and flutter, thereby imparting vintage-style imperfections to the signal. The settings range from subtle modulations to irregular and wiggly sounds. In combination with the plug-in’s tape speed controls (start, stop, fast, slow), this gives you a rich palette of modulations.
Next is the Aging section, which lets you dial in just how vintage you want the sound to be. In addition to the age of the tape, you can adjust the noise and dirt parameters to create the illusion of a tape that’s been forgotten in the attic for a few decades.
Finally, Neold Warble offers a pair of high cut and low cut filters with individual resonance modifiers. The developer says that these lend themselves to technical corrections, but can also provide drastic signal shaping, such as thinned-out radio or telephone sounds.
Everything is globally controlled by the tape transport and speed controls (although it doesn’t do tape stop effects) and a global mix knob. This means that you can add as much or as little modulation, dirt and filtering as you wish.
While Warble doesn’t really bring anything new to the table and there are numerous other plug-ins on the market that do pretty much the same thing, it’s always nice to have an extra tool in the bag.
Price and compatibility
Neold Warble is now available from Plugin Alliance for an introductory price of USD 129. All you need to do is enter the code WARBLE-INTRO-12999 at checkout. This offer is good through January 5, 2022, after which the price will increase to a rather steep USD 249. If you subscribe to the Plugin Alliance Mega or Mix & Master bundles, the plug-in is automatically added to your subscription.
Warble runs on macOS 10.9 through 11 and Windows 7 or higher in AU, AAX, VST and VST3 formats.