Vintage Digital

Analogue Effects

There are analogue effects from the sixties and seventies still in use in studios today even though there are digital or plugin counterparts available. One of the more well known analogue effects would be the Urie 1176 limiter. There would be very few records in history that does not have a Urie 1176 (or one of the many derivatives of it) use don it somewhere. Cult status certainly applies to the Urie 1176. Another that is still used today even thought it was first made in 1957, and that is the EMT 140 plate reverb. To this day, the EMT 140 sounds amazing, and there are plenty of plugin options that try to emulate this great reverb, but no one is in a hurry to put their hardware out to pasture just yet. Roland’s Space Echo devices like the Roland RE-201 are worth a small fortune these days, as guitar players and studios chase after that warm sounding delay that only analogue tape can provide.

Pultec EQP-1 Program Equalizer

First introduced in 1951, the Pultec EQP-1 Program Equalizer was the first passive equalizer on the market. Upon it’s introduction, it changed the recording world forever, offering a new way to manipulate sound. The fact that Pultec equalizers in one form or another are still in use today, is extraordinary.

EMT 140 Plate Reverb

The EMT 140 was the worlds first artificial reverb unit and it changed the recording world by allowing any studio to have “reverb on tap”, even smaller studios who did not have physical echo/reverb chambers.

Fairchild 670 Tube Limiter

The Fairchild 670 Tube Limiter was the brainchild of Estonian immigrant to the USA, Rein Narma. Rein licensed the design to Sherman Fairchild and the rest as they say, is history…a legend was born.

Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifier

The Teletronix LA-2A was released in 1962, and along with the Urie 1176, is one of the most iconic compressors ever made, and is still in use today. With Universal Audio having purchased the Teletronix company way back in the mid 1960s, this iconic compressor is available new, made to the exacting specifications.

Urie 1176 Limiting Amplifier

There are not a lot of limiters designed in the 1960s that are still in production today, but the legendary Urie 1176 is one such beast. While the name Urie has long since vanished from the pro audio world, this limiter can still be purchased brand new from Universal Audio.

Teletronix LA-3A Leveling Amplifier

If you took the gentle optical compression of the Teletronix LA‑2A, and fused it with the solid‑state punch and clarity of the Urie 1176, you would have the Teletronix LA-3A. It has become a secret weapon compressor for many engineers, with a unique character capable of moving sounds right to the front of your mix.

EMT 240 Reverb Foil

In 1971 after huge success with the EMT 140, EMT delivered the EMT 240 Reverb Foil. The surface of the vibrating 0.02 mm gold foil measured only 30 X 30 cm. The foil was contained in a double enclosure affording very high isolation from airborne and solid-borne disturbances, sufficient to allow placement of the EMT 240 even in mobile units or – at a sound pressure level of 105 dB – next to monitor loudspeakers

Roland RE-201 Space Echo

The Roland RE-201 when it was released in 1974, was an engineering masterpiece. It featured a sophisticated tape-echo effect and a built-in spring reverb, with different sound variations selectable via 12 different operating modes.

Aphex Aural Exciter

An effects box that provided a very special kind of enhancement to your tracks, that you could not buy, but instead had to rent, really? The Aphex Aural Exciter was something of a mystery box when it was released in 1975, but it provided a solution that was perfectly timed, however is no longer relevant in today’s recording world.

Eventide Model FL201 Instant Flanger

Flanging may not be a popular effect these days, but back in 1975 when the Eventide Model FL201 Instant Flanger was released, it was. The Eventide Model FL201 Instant Flanger was designed to simulate true tape flanging and offered a much deeper flanging effect than anything previously available, it was widely used on many legendary recordings.
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