Radiator
Radiator
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Radiator

$99.00
$99.00
Compatible With:
AAX
AU
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Tube Warmth For Your Mix

Vintage vibe, drive, and the magic tone of the 1567a tube mixer. A beast on bass and drums.


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    Tube Warmth For Your Mix

    Vintage vibe, drive, and the magic tone of the 1567a tube mixer. A beast on bass and drums.

    Introducing Radiator, a dual drive tube input channel and EQ, based on the classic Altec 1567A tube mixer from the 1960s.

    The original Altec 1567A hardware was a rack-mounted five-input tube mixer with removable transformers, a simple two-knob EQ, an unmistakable green faceplate, and a whopping 97 dB of gain. The sound, by today’s standards, is coloured and gritty, with a heaping helping of good old-fashioned hardware noise. In its day, it was used on many early Motown hits and found its way into the PA racks of countless churches and school auditoriums across the USA.


    A Bit of History

    The unmistakable green-faced Altec gear, and in particular the 1566A and 1567A, played a big part in shaping the early “sound” of Motown between 1961 to 1964. Songs by greats like The Four Tops, The Marvelettes and The Supremes went through a 1567A mixer to the massive three-track recorder. Ahhh, when life was simple.


    These mic preamps and mixers have a very coloured warm sound and are very loud. The EQ is as simple as it gets, with one knob for bass, and another for treble. After Motown, and after much gear came and went, analog diehards began seeking out the 1566A and 1567A as inexpensive sources for real tube sound.

    Motown Records Chief Engineer, Russ Terrana, used the 1567A extensively and it became part of the distinctive Motown sound. Producer Matt Wallace was a very big fan. Butch Vig and Billy Bush are also fans.

    Radiator brings the classic Altec tube sound to desktop recording rigs, capturing the distinctive warmth and punch of the original hardware. Featuring the modelled bass and treble tone controls from the original unit, a mix control for easy parallel processing, and the saturation and harmonic effects of the original hardware’s input and output amplifiers.

    All of these different circuit elements interact, allowing a wide range of tones to be created with just a few simple knobs. Plus we let you decide if the original noise is on or off.

    Over the past few years, the Altec mixers have been picked up by recording studios as an inexpensive way to bring analog colour and character to computer-based digital recording. With producers like Matt Wallace of early Maroon 5 fame utilizing the 1567A on their early hits, and now bands like the Black Keys (who had a custom console made from Altec 1567A’s) the demand, and price, for these funky little colour boxes have soared.


    Computer recordists everywhere can now get the Altec tube sound – on every input channel, without the hassles of interfacing to esoteric analog gear, and at a much lower cost. Radiator also includes Little Radiator, a simpler single-stage tube pre-amp model based on the Altec 1566A hardware, the little brother of the Altec 1567A.

    • Bring classic Altec tube sound to your desktop recording rig
    • Modeled bass and treble tone controls from the original hardware unit
    • Mix control for easy parallel processing
    • Saturation and harmonic effects of the original hardware input and output amplifiers
    • On/off switch for the good old-fashioned hardware noise of the original
    • Includes Little Radiator, a simpler single-stage tube pre amp model based on the Altec 1566A hardware

    Operating System

    Mac, PC

    Upgrade/Full

    Full

    Bit Depth

    Windows: 64-bit, Mac: 64-bit

    Format

    VST, AU, AAX, Audio Suite
    Authorization Type FREE account at ilok.com is required (a physical USB iLok is not required)

    Mac Hardware Requirements

    Intel or M1 Apple Silicon

    PC Hardware Requirements

    Intel Compatible Processor

    Mac OS Requirements

    OS X 10.10 or later (Intel / M1 Apple Silicon supported) (64-bit only)

    PC OS Requirements

    Windows 7 SP1 or later (64-bit only)


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