Swedish tone masters Softube have a new product out – Harmonics. This time around, the capable Swedes are tackling distortion. Because they think your distortion sucks, Softube designed one with five “completely different”-sounding algorithms in addition to high and low-cut filters and a blend knob. We reckon you’re likely to find an algorithm which sounds really good on your tracks. Or five, if you’re lucky. Grab the demo and take it for a spin. Distortion is always good fun, used in the right measure.
Softube touts a “revolutionary new approach” (boy, those big words…) to handling dynamics in the process of distorting sound. In short, the input signal is listened to and analysed by the plug-in. Thus, says Softube, the dynamics and detail are preserved and enhanced even after going berserk on the distortion knob. Alright…
To sweeten up the deal, Softube added presets by producers Joe Chiccarelli and Howard Willing. If you don’t know who those two are, you are either new to audio or you should close this tab immediately and head to Wikipedia.
For an accomplished alternative to Harmonics, definitely check out the recently released Redoptor 2 by D16. It’s a tube distortion unit and also a tube equalizer, tube limiter, and tube compressor – all neatly arranged in series and with a badass user interface.
Price and availability
Softube Harmonics is available in VST, VST3, AU, and AAX Native formats for use with Windows and macOS operating systems. The introductory price is USD 99, down from USD 149.