Cupwise Custom Tremolos For Nebula-MAGNETRiXX
Team MAGNETRiXX | 03 March 2014 | 123.73 MB
Links update: 17/01/2017
Custom-made tremolos. These weren’t sampled from actual ‘tremolo’ FX units. Instead they were created from 10 different hardware chains using various pieces of solid-state hardware. The basic tremolo effect is volume level modulated by an LFO. Here, the units were sampled with one of their gain controls set to various positions. Then the LFO in Nebula is used to modulate between those positions.
Sounds simple because it is- but that’s the BASIC idea of a tremolo. These start with the basic idea, then carry it further. They are not simple gimmicks with little depth or purpose. All of these effects also include some kind of extra element, usually some kind of filtering that is modulated along with the volume level. This can enhance the tremolo in different ways. The power of ‘sampling’ with Nebula allows for the creation of custom modulation effects, similar to how an engineer would go about designing an actual hardware effect unit. The difference is that with Nebula, you can create things that would be less than practical in the hardware world.
This set has a lot of variety because of the wide range of hardware sampled, and because for each effect something else is modulated along with the volume level. Examples include: HP/LP filters sweeping inward as the tremolo goes down, 2 comb filters in a psuedo-stereo setup (from flanger pedals with their sweep LFO disabled) with increasing resonance as the level goes up, and a tilt-EQ that shifts from an upwards to a downwards slant as tremolo goes down. Further, these were all sampled with dynamics, so at any position of the modulation you get a different result depending on input level. This made the task of sampling/programming these a lot more complex (their creation is much more time consuming and involved), but it also keeps them more ‘analog-sounding’.
One tremolo was taken from a stereo pair of compressors, and when the tremolo level goes down the dynamics get more compressed. There is an auto-pan, then there is another (named Helios) that sounds similar to a rotating speaker effect. If you don’t agree that the effect on a mono input really sounds like a smooth movement from one side to the other, I will give you your money back! No joke. The same goes if you don’t think these are among the most analog-sounding (and best) tremolo effects you’ve heard in your DAW.
I’ve gone to great lengths to provide as much control with these as possible while still maintaining focus. As far as I know this is the first Nebula set by a 3rd party developer to even use the LFO system (and it’s a little tricky!). I’ve included duplicate presets of every effect, using various LFO shapes. Even when you use a shape like random or square, where the level jumps instantly to another position, the smooth analog quality is maintained. There is also a set of manual programs, where the LFO is disabled and you can use your host’s own mod sources to control the tremolo (if your host can do this).
Audio Demo Clips
This one uses tremolos from all 10 sampled sources. Each was used several times with different LFO shapes, speeds, input levels (this can produce noticeably different results), and some effects have extra controls that were also sampled which were used in different positions to get different sounds. There is never any automation, all you hear is the tremolos running with settings in fixed positions. First you hear the clip dry (no tremolo), then a short static burst, and from there it switches between around 40 different setups across the 10 sampled units. There is no static between each change, but you can usually easily tell when it has happened. This clip pretty well covers the range of sounds you can get, but it usually leans more towards a more obvious tremolo. You may use these in much more subtle ways (a depth knob allows you to go from no tremolo to full).
This one is a mix, and only the guitar is ever processed. First you hear it dry, then there are static bursts between each program change. There is automation here- mostly for the tremolo depth, but sometimes the rate and other controls are adjusted.
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