Wave Distribution UBK Fatso (No Longer Available)
2-channel Full Analog Tape Simulator / Optimizer with 6 Preset Compression Curves Designed by UBK
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The FATSO Just Got Fatter!Have you already heard of the mind-blowingly fat and warm sounds you can pull out of the Empirical Labs FATSO? It's like taking your sound straight out of the digital world and putting it back in that round and full analog domain. And because of that, the FATSO has been a studio mainstay for years. In fact, the folks over at KuSh Audio loved theirs so much, they thought it'd be fun to find a way to tweak it to add even more features to their already-favorite character compressor. Meet the UBK FATSO.
The goal behind the UBK FATSO was this: find a way to create a collection of fixed-setting compressors that could all around just get the job done, no matter the source. Beyond that, each preset compressor had to have its own distinct flavor and vibe so engineers would have the right palette of colors and "grab" at the ready, no matter what challenges a session presented. They succeeded.
In addition to all the tone-sweetening characteristics you'll find on the classic FATSO (which is at the heart of this hot-rodded version), the UBK FATSO add three brand-new presents, meticulously crafted and tuned by ear. You've got "Splat," an API console-inspired compression setting that can enhance anything but really takes vocals and electric guitars to a thick, creamy edge when you dig into it.
Up next is the "Smooth" setting - essentially classic limiting with a special twist. The goal was to make a "tracking-style" limiter that helped you, the engineer, shave around 6-10dB off the peaks, without sounding like too much happened - just an all-around sweetness and better-behaving tracks. With your tracks through this setting, you'll find you need less EQ and compression; things just fit. But go on and abuse the setting to more-than-pleasant musical results.
Finally, there's the "Glue" setting. Put any earth-shakingly low source through this setting, and you won't believe it. The bass locks into place. It sounds clean, clear, and loud without getting in the way of the rest of your mix. Your bass, in a word, is "glue." It just sticks right where it needs to be. Of course, you'll be happy with it on a bunch of other instruments.
If you're looking for the ultimate in warmth, roundness, and unbelievably musical compression - the UBK FATSO is your pick. It has all the best qualities of the FATSO, with an extra dose of perfectly tuned "squeeze" to help your tracks really stand out.
KuSh Audio UBK FATSO 2-channel Analog Tape Simulator Features at a Glance:
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by John D from CTThis thing is a game-changer, and as easy to operate as your bluray player.I had been polishing off my mixes in the box with plugin tape sims and limiter/loudness maximizers prior to getting this unit... read more [+], and will be very happy to never look back. I was very happy with the software I had been using, but there is a depth and believeability to the "Glue" setting and tape warmth on masters that I now feel dependent on... I'm hooked! Definitely recommended for LIGHT compression/coloring on tracking at the end of your signal chain, definitely NOT recommended as a primary tracking compressor or mastering compressor - yes, it's a compressor, but in my opinion it's best used lightly as a limiter and coloration enhancer, so to speak. Though I will say some of the more intense settings like "Splat" are INCREDIBLE on snare drum and distorted guitars. Long story short, this has found it's way into probably 80% of my front-end signal chains (last in line, applied lightly), and is a permanent staple at the end of my outboard mastering chain. Thank you UBK!! close [-]
March 1, 2013
by Matt Stivers from San Francisco Bay Area, CA USAThere is a lot of hype about this unit. After using it and listening in my own studio, I have to agree what a game changer the UBK Fatso really is! Greg/UBK has improved upon an already great unit c... read more [+]reated by Dave Derr at Empirical Labs. Anything you throw at it sounds fantastic. As a bass player, I was blown away at the SMOOTH body and super TIGHT low end, yet high-end headroom. I use it for tracking on bass, drums, piano, vocals, etc. I highly recommend the UBK Fatso. close [-]
August 1, 2010
Music Background: Producer, Recording Engineer
James, Phoenix, AZ
Wave Distribution UBK Fatso
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