Retroband lite

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RetroBand is first introduced on the TB-303 and the drums separately. (Music by Legend)


In the examples below RetroBand is first bypassed, then switched on.




The next example is RetroBand virtually circuit bended into generating rain and thunder. No source audio is necessary for this.


The Concept

RetroBand models several interaction aspects of gain stages and transformers. It generates IMD and crossover distortions present especially in Class A/B gain stages. RetroBand also features several forms of transient shaping.

Throw a spanner in the perfect digital engine

As opposed to sterile but perfect digital sound, IMD and cross-over distortions can sound good. They are present in most vintage gear. There are three different models in RetroBand generating distortion for a good range of sound shaping. No particular piece of equipment is simulated in any of them, but the combined flexibility can generate some of the desirable aspects of great sounding gear. It could be said RetroBand is one of the missing links to analog sound in a digital audio workstation.

The sound

RetroBand is a distortion unit at heart. It does warming, sharpening, roughing up, softening and smoothing - or all these combined. It may enrich sterile sound sources. Failing equipment can be easily simulated. With some luck it makes things sound larger than life. The transient enhanced distortion models with mid-side stereo controls can change or revive a stereo image.


Click here to see what's new or fixed with RetroBand v1.5.7


Although there's no AU or RTAS support for RetroBand it works well with VST-to-AU and VST-to-RTAS adapters.

Download Free RetroBandLite v1.5.7 for Windows or OSX

RetroBandLite is a free cutdown version of the commercial RetroBand. There are no time or preset usage limitations, but quite many of the advanced features of the full version are missing and RetroBandLite processes everything as mono.

Download RetroBand v1.5.7 full trial for Windows or OSX

The trial of the full version of RetroBand silences audio output every 40 seconds or so. Preset saving is not limited in any way.

Purchase RetroBand

RetroBand is available for purchase now for EUR19. Click the PayPal link to order your copy.

You will receive download instructions to the email address you specify on the PayPal form. This happens within a day or two, usually on the same day you order. You don't need a PayPal account for the purchase by the way, just a credit card.