McDSP Analog Channel HD v6 Plug-in

Analog Tape Machine, Console, and Channel Amplifiers Modeling Plug-in with Library of Presets - Mac/PC AAX DSP, AAX Native, AU, VST, VST3
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McDSP Analog Channel HD v6 Plug-in
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Dose of Analog Vibe!

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This is a big deal! For starters, Analog Channel HD is an industry-favorite plug-in. With it, you get the unmistakable sound of high-end analog tape machines, tape, and channel amplifiers. The bottom line is, you'll love how it sounds, so it's no wonder the biggest studios in the world have been relying on McDSP plug-ins for years now!

Wherever you come from in the audio world - rising star or seasoned vet - you'll appreciate the great sound you get from McDSP Analog Channel HD. The library of presets gives you a host of great launching-off points, and the ultra-low latency means it won't in the way of your creative workflow. Get it now!

McDSP Analog Channel HD Plug-in at a Glance:
  • AC101 delivers realistic preamp vibe
  • AC202 yields rich analog tape saturation
AC101 delivers realistic preamp vibe

First, there's AC101. It plays the part of a high-end digital preamp, giving you a lot of room for even excessive amounts of gain, without that digital distortion. You can use the Drive control to decide where the audio should "sit" in the saturation/compression region, and you can even adjust the Attack and Release times of the distortion character. Nice.

AC202 yields rich tape saturation

Next up is AC202, which virtually takes your sound on a pass through an analog tape machine. It features parameters you'd expect, including Bias, Playback Speed, and IEC1/2 equalization. Yet, in true-to-McDSP fashion, it also lets you do things that tape machines never could do, including offering adjustable low-frequency roll-off and head bump, independent of playback speed. What's cool too is that you can choose several playback head types, tape formulations, and even control the tape-saturation recover time.

McDSP Analog Channel HD Plug-in Features:
  • This version supports AAX DSP, AAX Native, AU, VST, VST3 plug-in formats
  • Emulates the sounds of analog mixing consoles, tape machines, and tape media
  • Includes two plug-ins, AC101 and AC202
  • Features a library of presets emulating analog mixing systems
  • Real-time display of saturation curves and calibrations
  • Analog-saturation modeling
  • Double-precision processing
  • Ultra-low latency
  • Mono and stereo versions
Inject a dose of analog vibe into your tracks with McDSP Analog Channel HD!

Tech Specs

Software Type Analog Emulation
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Bit Depth 32-bit (AAX DSP/Native), 64-bit (AAX DSP, AAX Native, AU, VST, VST3)
iLok Required Yes, iLok2
Format AAX DSP, AAX Native, AU, VST, VST3
Hardware Requirements - Mac 4GB RAM minimum
Hardware Requirements - PC 4GB RAM minimum
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.7.2 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Manufacturer Part Number M-PI-AC-E

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AC is Just Too Cool!

The Analog Channel plug in by McDSP is possibly the best plug in I've ever used (and I've used ALOT). If you are searching for the gain structure (and analog sound) you used to have in the analog realm - then this is THE plug in to own. Huge head room, clarity, presence and depth are here in spades. No wonder Shania Twain and Faith Hill's producers use this plug in on all their hits. A HUGE warm analog sound is possible for us digital folks. If this is the sound you're after buy it!! A+++++++

Sweetwater Advice

Mark Thompson

Do you wax nostalgic for the days when tape ruled the earth? Do you find yourself looking for a way to get the tone and color that came from your favorite old recordings but can't afford someone to bias your deck or find tape? Do you wish for analog tone with digital quality that's easy to use? Then Analog Channel is your Holy Grail! Not just for the big studios this baby runs RTAS on LE systems as well. I run it with an Mbox!
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