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. As opposed to sterile but perfect digital sound, IMD and cross-over distortions can sound good. They are present in most vintage gear.

Throw a spanner in the perfect digital engine

The three different bands (the midbands are identical) are all independent designs. 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.

The Controls

Retroband is not an easy to use plugin. All the bands feature slightly different processing variations, but the controls work the same for all of them. The naming of the controls may look familiar from dynamic equalisers, but that's where the similarity ends. At all times keep in mind that transient-enhanced distortion is extremely sensitive to audio dynamics. Often you'll find RetroBand barely reacting to transients while the same setting will completely destroy different type of material.

The Individual Bands

The MasterBus



Note to Windows users: the plugins are stable with 64-bit VST host applications using jBridge.

Note to OSX users: there's no AU or RTAS support but the plugins work with VST-to-AU and VST-to-RTAS adapters.