Loopcloud is offering up AudioThing’s distortion Valves free for a monthly sub with a cost of $1 USD.
Intended to simplify purchasing and managing samples, Loopcloud has millions of sounds that can be picked up individually or as whole packs depending on the number of credits in subscribers’ accounts. There are also ten free sounds at $1 tier for users, which require no credits to obtain.
Valves is AudioThing’s take on tube saturation and features some handy features to set it apart from the typical valve emulation. The tube section is straight to the point, featuring controls for triode and pentode valves, drive, bias, and tone.
Functionally, these are clear and easy to use and add pleasing warmth or grit to the sound, depending on the tube selection. Tone helps roll off some of the harsher highs or open the midrange of the signal being processed.
Valves also features a resonant filter, capable of running in low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, or notch configurations. The filter has a good character to it and, coupled with the distortion, can lead to some screaming resonant sounds. The filter can be placed before or after the distortion as well, allowing for the emulation of overdrive pedals and other creative effects.
The cabinet/EQ section sounds out the controls and has baked-in impulse responses for further tonal coloration. A simple two-band EQ accompanies the cabinet section. Unfortunately, users can’t load their own IRs, but loading an IR loader in series with Valves is an easy enough endeavor.
Valves is well suited for a variety of material and useful for adding grit and heft to whatever material you think deserves it. It can act as an exciter on the midrange with careful application of a high pass filter before the distortion signal, or as a little push to your kick’s fundamental.
This offer from Loopcloud is only available for a limited time. Valves retails for $59.00 and is available for Windows and Mac computers.
Formats for Windows users include VST2, VST3, and AAX. Mac users have the option of VST2, VST3, AU, and AAX plugin formats.
More info: Loopcloud (get AudioThing Valves for FREE)