OSL Side Effects: manipulate Mid and Side stereo audio independently

OSL Side Effects plug-inMid/Side processors offer a different approach and interesting possibilities to manipulating audio. As you may know, these work by separating the stereo signal into Mid and Side channels to let you process them independent of each other. In the case of OSL Side Effects, a new plug-in by developer Oblivion Sound Lab, the Mid and Side channels can be independently equalised, compressed, saturated, boosted, attenuated, and panned inside an integrated processing chain. Thus, possibilities for either subtle, balanced or extreme stereo effects are presented.

OSL Side Effects

Styled with a modern dark GUI, Side Effects contains a four-band mid/side EQ with an interactive graph and FFT spectrum analyzer. Likewise, the Mid/Side compressor is equipped with a transfer curve graph. Tape-style saturation, panning, oversampling, 17 factory presets and full DAW automation are among the additional possibilities. Finally, metering includes gain reduction, input/output gain, a stereo visualiser, and a phase meter. So you can use Side Effects as a competent metering plug-in of its own. The user interface is fairly simple to get around considering the plug-in’s processing power. The Mid and Side equalizers, as well as the compressor are separated into different tabs, while the rest of the effects are a single-knob operation – one knob for either mid or side.


Until July 18, Side Effects is priced USD 29 down from USD 39 – probably the most affordable Mid/Side processor of its kind. A free demo version is available, which silences the signal every 45 seconds. The plug-in itself runs in 64-bit VST3 and AU formats on Windows and Mac computers.

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The Kaluna is an all new tube overdrive from German brand Vahlbruch

Vahlbruch Kaluna tube overdriveThe new Kaluna pedal from German brand Vahlbruch is a tube-based circuit overdrive that’s wrapped up in a sparkling gold finish, and promises tonal nirvana. But do you really need a tube-drive overdrive? Read on to find out.

Vahlbruch Kaluna

Vahlbruch is a one-man operation based in Springe near Hanover, Germany, that makes boutique effects pedals by hand. As a result, they are made to a high standard, and with a lot of care and attention, especially when compared to the mass produced cookie-cutter drivel churned out on some factory assembly lines .

The Kaluna is the company’s newest tube-driven overdrive pedal and comes installed with a 12AX7 valve. It has controls for VOLUME and DRIVE, as well as an active 3-band EQ with 12 dB boost or cut. This simple and intuitive layout should make dialling-in this valve-based overdrive a breeze.

Vahlbruch Kaluna tube overdrive

Vahlbruch Kaluna tube overdrive

High voltage

The pedal uses an external 9 volt power supply that is boosted internally up to 250 volts which then floods the 12AX7 tube with enough juice to make it sing. In theory, this should help with playing dynamics and the overall feel of the pedal.

It also features a MagTraB switch, which is a noiseless and click-free footswitch that triggers a relay to switch with a magnet, thus eliminating any noise when engaging the effect.

Vahlbruch Kaluna tube overdrive with 12AX7 tube

Vahlbruch Kaluna tube overdrive with 12AX7 tube

Tube Tone

If you haven’t tried out a valve based overdrive yet, the Kaluna might be worth a punt. I would also suggest you check out the Friedman Motor City Drive. I own one and it does an excellent job of providing nice articulate drive tones, with plenty of warmth.

You can hear the Vahlbruch Kaluna in action in the demo videos below, or follow the link to order one directly form the company’s website.

RRP – EUR 339

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Get Beat Magazine For FREE! (Includes Free Software)

Get Beat Magazine For FREE! (Includes Free Software)

As mentioned in our recent article the Beat magazine is now also available in English. However, the news just got better because you can get the latest issue for free, including the bundled software and sounds. The latest issue of the Beat magazine includes a free copy of the Waves Element synthesizer and a whole […]

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Acustica Audio Erin mastering suite recreates luxury UK tube gear

Acustica Audio Erin mastering suiteAcustica Audio got their sampling-happy hands on yet another specimen of obscure, sought after audio gear. The new Erin mastering suite captures three all-tube hardware processors – a 5-band stereo EQ, a stereo compressor/limiter, and a mid-range EQ. The original hardware is the work of a revered equipment designer in the area of high-end hi-fi.

Interestingly, Erin also introduces a new Acustica Audio technology called Ultragain. It’s a method of mapping all gain values in all frequency bands “extremely” accurately, adding to the realism that the developer is known for.

Erin Stereo Tube EQ

The first module in the suite is an ‘esoteric’ 5-band parametric equalizer familiar to mastering facilities. It’s a costly unit that only high-tier studios can really afford. Both EQ channels have five bands, hi-shelf and low-shelf filters with gain and fixed Q controls. There are also three boost/cut filters with adjustable center frequency. The tube preamp and each band can be bypassed from the dedicated controls.

Erin Mid EQ

This three-band equalizer homes in on frequencies between 200Hz and 5kHz. The original unit is made in the UK and resembles the fine-aged Pultec tube EQ design. In addition to the bands, a preamp stage and Mid/Side – Left/Right controls offer additional frequency adjustment options.

Erin Comp

The final module is a stereo tube compressor/limiter based on a UK-made mono unit. As a matter of fact, none other than David Gilmour owns two of these units for his Astoria recording studio. The original equipment is designed to limit or compress the signal with minimal interference below the threshold. Standard Attack and Release controls aside, the compressor feature specially optimized knee behavior for the attack/decay envelope and a transparent dynamics processing section.

Price and availability

Between June 17 – 24, Erin is on sale for EUR 62, down from EUR 179. The plug-ins are available in all the usual formats for Windows and Mac computers. They are authorised and installed through Acustica’s custom Aquarius plug-in manager. A free registration is required.

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dSONIQ Realphones simulates a control room for better headphone mixing

Realphones by dSONIQ is a new plug-in designed to improve the mixing experience on headphones. Through various profiles, the software simulates the control room environment of a professional studio, including different sets of speakers. This can help to achieve a more balanced mix if you need to mix on headphones. It’s also useful if you’re on the road and don’t have access to your preferred monitors.

dSONIQ Realphones simulates control rooms and monitors

The idea to improve the mixing experience by simulating the acoustic characteristics of a control room isn’t new. We’ve already seen it in Waves Abbey Road Studio 3, for example. Using profiles to solve problems with the acoustics of a room or a set of headphones isn’t a new concept, either, as seen in Sonarworks Reference and similar solutions. What does Realphones have to offer that sets it apart?

The software starts by applying a calibration profile designed to flatten the frequency response of the headphones you’re using. According to the developer, Realphones currently supports over 90 headphone models by AKG, Beyerdynamic, Sennheiser, Shure and many others; the full list is available on the company’s website. In theory, this calibration takes the characteristics of the headphones out of the equation.

Realphones then applies additional profiles to simulate various control rooms and speakers. You can choose from several rooms and switch between different sets of near field, mid field and far field monitors and subwoofers. The distance and speaker response are adjustable, and the plug-in features psychoacoustic binaural speaker placement for a more accurate representation of the mix and better stereo imaging than what you normally get on headphones. While there’s nothing like the real thing, this is an easy way to quickly check your mix on a variety of monitors, from expensive high-end mains to consumer speakers. Realphones also offers buttons for testing mono compatibility, left-right symmetry and other aspects of a mix.

Mixing on headphones can be a frustrating experience. But things have improved in recent years, with solutions like Realphones that try to overcome the limitations of headphones. If you need to use headphones for mixing for whatever reason, this plug-in could be worth a try.

Price and compatibility

Realphones is available in three versions, which differ in the number of included headphone correction profiles. The Lite Pack, which only includes a generic headphone profile, costs USD 65. The Professional Pack for USD 89 adds three headphone calibration profiles, which can be activated individually. USD 165 gets you the Ultimate Pack, which comes with unlimited headphone profiles.

The plug-in is available for Windows and macOS in VST and AU formats. You can download a free trial version from the developer’s website.

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