Adding some color, sculpting and flavouring the basic, raw instrument sound, being it a guitar or a synth, is a very important thing. What is guitar sound without amp, or a synth without a fat channel strip of a good mixing console?..
Unfortunately, most modern mixers/consoles or channel strips works good only in “repairing”, almost surgical mode — good to cut unwanted resonances, to make levels more сonstant…trying to “push” them — and you’re failed, unpleasant overdrive is all you’ve got.
No wonder that there’s such a big demand on a “vintage-styled” hardware. But vintage became boring too. How can everybody use the same stuff?
Colored amplification/sound sculpting devices are the key to the good sound, a key to more interesting, rich sounding, more textured music (electronic music especially).
Just look at the guitar amps world for example — plenty of flavours to choose from!
Zvukofor color amps are inspired by an old (often tube) musical equipment, when the gear was working more like a musical instrument rather than engineering stuff, so musicians could really “grab a knob” and get the sound they want. Less numbers, more psychoacoustic goodies.
I’ve always thought it would be great to hear a device demo using my own instruments, or sound samples/sequences/whatever.
So, here we go — now you can send me an audio you want to run through an amp, and i’ll send you back it already treated, on different modes, with comments. Isn’t it great?
Tanhx – award winning saturator/soft clipper/fattening device.
From subtle analogue peak limiting to serious nicely colored crest-factor reduction.
The only processing you need in a chain, 75% you don’t need any EQing after this. Just great on drums, synths, guitars (very tubey!), just everything!
Tanhx soft-clipping/harmonic generation is very dynamic, it reacts differently to fast and slow level changes, to incoming sound spectral balance, so it sounds very alive and organic, completely not like a basic diode clippers or overdrive pedals.
It is specially designed to add the effects of an old analog console channel in a modern workflows, and make it good without occupying lot of space.
• 3 modes of harmonics/symmetry:
– almost symmetric, odd harmonics prevail (push-pull amp/tape-style),
– subtly asymmetric, odd and even harmonics balanced (class A amps, old discrete consoles..),
– asymmetric, even harmonics at full (like an old tube amp)
• 6dB boost for more grit
• Emphasis: cutting lows before harmonics generating stage, then boosting it after.
Low freqs has less soft-clipping, very useful for a drums buss or a drum machine with a strong bass drum.
• Cold bypass
• RGB LED indicator: shows signal present and how clipped/saturated it is – from cold to hot colors.
Tanhx is a stereo unit, powered by USB with any PSU/charger and basic USB-B cable.
CLA – coloring limiting amplifier.
It shares soft-clipping/saturating stage with Tanhx, yet it has dirty compressor/limiter before it.
From subtle warming to complete volume envelope reshaping, especially great on sequencing synths and drum machines.
• Lim knob: acts as a threshold knob, up to 60dB of compression!
• 3 attack times: from very fast to pretty long,
• 3 release times: from very fast to pretty long too,
• 3 modes high-pass sidechain filter switch: filter off, 100Hz and 200Hz with a 6dB/oct slope,
• Pump switch: basically making a compressor pass low frequencies uncompressed, so everything else “pumps” to it,
• Cold limiter bypass, so you can use only soft-clipper/saturator stages.
CLA is a stereo unit, powered by USB with any PSU/charger and basic USB-B cable.
CSM Color Amp
Coloring amplifier – DI-box. Almost a channel strip.
Inspired by an old instrument tube amps and old small mixers.
– 2 gain stages for more control on fattening (or overdriving) character
– 9 saturation modes for a lot of variations on drive character
– passive 3-band EQ, very musical and really character-changing
– output tape-style soft-clipping limiter
– built-in DI-box, based on old schematics from ’70s, like a cherry on top.
This amp is powered by +48V phantom (just like any DI-box) or from USB port — any phone charger or laptop is good, just use USB-B cable (as for MIDI keyboards or printers).
9V power socket (Boss-style) is an option.