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SoundToys Little Radiator Plug-in


SoundToys is back at SXSW this year where they announced and released their new plug-in Little Radiator. It emulates the Altec 1566A tube microphone preamp which is known for its warm sound and pleasing harmonic distortion.

The unmistakable green-faced Altec gear, and in particular the 1566A and 1567A, played a big part in shaping the early “sound” of Motown between 1961 to 1964. Songs by greats like The Four Tops, The Marvelettes and The Supremes went through a 1567A mixer to the massive three track recorder. Ahhh, when life was simple. These mic preamps and mixers have a very colored warm sound and are very loud. The EQ is as simple as it gets, with one knob for bass, and another for treble. After Motown, and after much gear came and went, analog diehards began seeking out the 1566A and 1567A as inexpensive sources for real tube sound. Producer Matt Wallace was a very big fan. Butch Vig and Billy Bush are also fans. Check out our Gear Closet on the 1567A for even more info.

The controls are dead simple: The pad attenuates, “Heat” controls the amount of gain (more leads to pleasing harmonic distortion), and mix allows you to choose how much of the processed sound is used. Little Radiator seems like it’s a great way to avoid the sterile sounds often associated with digital recording.

Click here to download your FREE copy of Little Radiator.

Check out my video to hear the Little Radiator on a mono drum overhead mic:


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Chris Conover

Chris Conover

I'm one half of remix production duo EarthMoonEarth, do sound design for Google, and have a lot of talented friends who trust me to mix their tracks. Follow me @chris_conover

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