Version 1.2.0 - Sept 14, 2017
T-Chain includes both free and paid modules. Any of the paid modules are usable within the signal chain at any time (with a demo limitation added). This is a useful way to try out all of the various modules to see how each module performs within your workflow.
Before purchasing any plugin, please thoroughly test the plugin and demo module(s) to ensure that the plugin works properly on your specific system(s). Although T-Chain has been tested on a number of different systems, the large number of DAW software and operating system versions make testing every user scenario very difficult. If you do test the plugin and have any issues, please use the Contact Form to report any issues. Due to the payment process and individually-created registration files, refunds on purchases are not possible.
The Black Module is an analog preamp. It is based on the preamp modeling features of PreAMPed, although it includes more detailed modeling of transformer impedance, rail clipping, dynamic noise characteristics, complex harmonic saturation, and more. Black simulates a transformer-coupled input, with discrete circuit amplification. At normal levels, the preamp adds odd-harmonic distortion (predominantly 3rd, 5th, and 7th). Frequency response is +/- 1dB, with some bass and presence boost. The Black Module includes a presence filter for subtly adjusting the brightness of your track.
The Blue Module is an analog preamp. Blue is based on the preamp modeling features of PreAMPed, although it includes more detailed modeling of transformer impedance, rail clipping, dynamic noise characteristics, complex harmonic saturation, and more. It features two distinct preamp models. Blue A is a transformer-coupled input, with discrete circuit amplification, and a transformer-coupled output. The Blue B uses a slightly different preamp design. At low levels, both models exhibit similar distortion and noise characteristics. As the drive is increased, the models have differing distortion characteristics.
ClipShifter (FREE Module)
ClipShifter is based on LVC-Audio’s popular all-purpose clipper. ClipShifter can be set to dynamically change the clipping threshold, or set to a more traditional static clipping level.
The DDC (Digital Dynamic Compressor) is a stereo compressor module. It features the same smooth-sounding compressor algorithm featured in Pressed-T and Pressed-MAX. In addition to the standard compressor controls, DDC also includes a high-pass side-chain filter, variable knee width, and stereo channel linking control. When this module is active and the Waveform is being displayed, both the threshold and gain reduction will be displayed.
The DDE (Digital Dynamic Expander) is a expander/gate module. It uses the same compressor algorithm as the DDC module to produce expansion/gating. Although DDE has a minimal set of controls, it features several different mode settings that fine tune the module for various gating needs. Each mode features unique side-chain filtering, hysteresis, and program-dependent hold settings. When this module is active and the Waveform is being displayed, both the threshold control and module threshold (with hysteresis) will be displayed.
Digital Comp (FREE Module)
The Digital Comp is a simplified compressor module that includes the same compressor engine as DDC. Instead of the common controls found on compressors, the Digital Comp simplifies some of the compressor settings by only having 4 controls and a gain reduction meter.
Digital EQ (FREE Module)
The Digital EQ is a 4-band equalizer. It includes a low shelf, high shelf, and 2 peak filters.
Digital Gate (FREE Module)
The Digital Gate is a simplified gating module. Even though the Digital Gate is not an expander-style module, the unique Range control allows for both subtle and extreme gating.
Digital HLP (FREE Module)
The Digital HLP is a simple high-pass and low-pass filter. It can be used to roll-off the upper and/or lower frequencies of a track. Additionally, the adjustable Q for each filter can also be increased to exaggerate certain frequencies prior to the roll-off, and a selection for analog or digital frequency response.
Dyno HLP is similar to the Digital HLP module, except the high pass and low pass filters can be dynamic. With Dyno HLP, the high and low pass filters can be made to dynamically boost/cut frequencies based on the incoming signal. This is great for adding low punch, adding high sizzle, reducing boom, or reducing harshness; without the need for excessive equalization.
New to version 1.2.0
DynoPhuzz is a unique saturation module. The features are similar to the free module, Phuzz; however, DynoPhuzz can dynamically change the amount of saturation. This can be used to increase or decrease the saturation level. In addition, the timing controls can tailor the sound of saturation (something that is not possible with Phuzz).
FETPress is a character compressor that emulates hardware compressors that utilize a fast FET-style gain reduction circuit. Main features of FETPress include exceptionally fast Attack and Release times, program-dependent release, and analog modeling (similar to T-Chain preamp modules). FETPress also includes program-dependent ratio controls for simulating the character of FET hardware compression curves.
Lithium is an analog-style EQ. It uses a different filtering process than standard digital filters to model the shape of analog filters (e.g., peak- and shelf-filters are not cramped towards the nyquist frequency). Lithium also adds gain- and frequency-dependent saturation. The Vibe control determines the amount of saturation. When Lithium is active and the Spectrum Analyzer is displayed, the frequency response of each filter will be shown.
The OMPre Module is an analog preamp that modules two different analog preamps. The LMP-01 model is a transformer-coupled high quality opamp preamp. The Giant model is a simpler design, without the use of a transformer. It is based on the preamp modeling technologies found in PreAMPed, although it includes more detailed modeling of transformer impedance, rail clipping, dynamic noise characteristics, complex harmonic saturation, and more.
OptoPress is a character compressor that emulates hardware compressors that utilize an optical gain reduction circuit. Main features of OptoPress include a relatively fast attack time, with a long program-dependent release. The optical circuitry provides a unique and smooth compressor that works well with a variety of tracks. OptoPress also includes analog modeling (similar to T-Chain preamp modules), continuously-selectable ratio, pre-emphasis filter, and an “Optical Module Age” setting.
Phuzz (FREE Module)
Phuzz is a simple saturation and distortion module. It is an extension of LVC-Audio’s PhreePhuzz module, and includes similar processing features as HotPhuzz. Although the controls are minimal, Phuzz is capable of providing a wide range of sounds. Phuzz includes 7 separate multi-band saturation algorithms.
The Purple Module is an analog preamp modelled after 70’s-style analog gear. It features a frequency response that has both a bass peak and a rise in the upper frequencies. Saturation is odd-ordered harmonics, that extend well into the upper frequencies. Purple also makes use of a unique variable frequency Presence filter similar to the Lithium EQ module. Purple is based on the preamp modeling features of PreAMPed, although it includes more detailed modeling of transformer impedance, rail clipping, dynamic noise characteristics, complex harmonic saturation, and more.
The Red Module is an analog preamp modelled after 60’s-style analog gear. It is based on the preamp modeling features of PreAMPed, although it includes more detailed modeling of transformer impedance, rail clipping, dynamic noise characteristics, complex harmonic saturation, and more. Red uses transformers and tubes, that add a lot of character to the signal. Red has a low bass boost, as well as an upper frequency hump around 12kHz. Distortion includes even- and odd-order harmonics. In addition, Red has a unique variable-q low pass filter, and cross-talk modeling that emphasizes mono within the bass frequencies.
Splitter/Mixer (FREE Module)
The Splitter and Mixer modules are used in conjunction to create two different audio paths within T-Chain. The paths are viewable within the Routing window, and modules can be rearranged to be on either path. Deleting a Splitter or Mixer will also delete any added modules between the Splitter and Mixer. Additionally, it is not possible to oversample only one path of a split signal. The entire path can be oversampled, and multiple Splitters/Mixers can be inserted within T-Chain.
The Tube Module is an analog preamp module featuring two distinct types of tube amps. The Modern amp is a high-quality low-noise tube preamp that simulates the current trend to produce hifi retro gear. The Vintage model simulates an aged tube amp with limited frequency response, higher distortion, and higher noise. Tube is based on the preamp modeling features of PreAMPed, although it includes more detailed modeling of transformer impedance, rail clipping, dynamic noise characteristics, complex harmonic saturation, and more.
The Upsampler module creates an oversampled signal path within T-Chain. Whereas many plugins have a button to engage oversampling, T-Chain uses a separate module. By doing this, it is possible to have some modules oversampled while other modules run in the native sample rate. Options include both linear and minimal phase oversampling filters, high- and low-quality modes, and up to 16x oversampling.
The White Module is an analog preamp that simulates the sound of a high-quality mixing console from the 70’s and 80’s. The modeling includes transformer coupling with opamp circuity. White also has a Presence filter for altering the clarity of the audio signal. Distortion is predominantly odd-order distortion; however, even-order distortion is increasingly added as the gain increases. The frequency response is smooth and even, with a gentle boost in the mid frequencies. It is based on the preamp modeling features of PreAMPed, although it includes more detailed modeling of transformer impedance, rail clipping, dynamic noise characteristics, complex harmonic saturation, and more.