Soundtoys offer the Little Radiator ($79 value) tube saturation effect as a FREE download until January 2nd, 2023.
Little Radiator is a lightweight tube saturation plugin by Soundtoys. It is based on the more advanced Radiator ($99) saturation effect.
The saturation algorithm is based on the Altec 1566A tube microphone preamp. It is a vintage tube preamp that was often used to fatten up the drums, especially the kicks and the snares.
Despite being a lightweight edition of another plugin, Little Radiator offers several advantages over its pricier counterpart. It is easier to use, features a streamlined user interface, and is cheaper. Even better, it’s currently completely free to download and use.
A quick look at the user interface is enough to understand how Little Radiator saturates the sounds in your mix. Use the Heat knob to apply more saturation and the Mix knob to adjust the dry and wet signal balance.
In addition, Little Radiator lets you apply a bit of noise to the signal with the Noise switch. This is useful if you want to emulate the subtle noise generated by a tube preamp. The Bias switch makes the signal more choppy and slightly lo-fi, which is useful for creative audio degradation.
Little Radiator also features a preset manager. The plugin comes with several presets that provide a good overview of the types of saturation and distortion you can get out of Little Radiator.
Here’s more information from Soundtoys: “If you want a touch of 60s warmth on your tracks, reach for Little Radiator. It’s great for fattening up bass, guitar, drums, or vocals. And it’s fantastic on electric piano.”
To claim your free copy of Little Radiator, use the coupon code HOLIDAYHEAT to apply a 100% discount to your order. The offer expires on January 2nd, 2023.
If you claim the offer, Little Radiator will be stored permanently in your Soundtoys user account (even after the offer expires).
You will need to sign up for a Soundtoys user account (valid email address required) to complete the checkout process and activate the plugin on your computer.
Little Radiator is available in VST, VST3, AU, and AAX plugin formats for digital audio workstations on Windows and macOS.
Download: Little Radiator (FREE until January 2nd with coupon code HOLIDAYHEAT)