The new music gear released by Softube is the Fix Flanger/Doubler bundle contains two separate plug-in processors based on 1979 prototype hardware systems designed by Fix’s Paul Wolff, a noted designer of audio equipment such as API, Tonelux Designs and now Fix Audio Designs.
The Fix Flanger and Fix Doubler are a good marriage since both are delay-based effects that vary time delays pre and post the timing of the actual signal—the creative possibilities are awesome.
The Fix Flanger is modeled on a pair of tape recorders running in synchronization whose outputs are mixed together and recorded to a third machine—the original and still best sounding way to flange. Precise flanging effects are possible when one of the machine’s speed is controlled and changed using the plug-in’s large VSO control to change the speed of one of the two virtual tape recorders modeled.
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For lead vocals, the Doubler plug-in is awesome in Auto Double mode with the Stereo button pushed. The stereo mode definitely enlarges the sound stage for the singer. You can vary the Mix control anywhere up to 50-50 for a perfect sounding Automatic Double Tracking effect.
The Fix Flanger/Doubler plug-in bundle is available from Softube for $149 as a download.
Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com