Ever wonder how they get that plug-in to react just like the real-life counterpart?
“We go through many iterations of measuring, listening, identifying strengths and weaknesses,” explains Waves’ Henis. “Sometimes algorithmic additions or changes will take place until the model and original are virtually indistinguishable. The basic qualities we evaluate first are those of frequency response, linearity and THD [Total Harmonic Distortion]. Phenomena considered to be side-effects, such as noise and hum, have a critical effect on how a signal sounds, [so] we do our best to make these match.”
The fact that the “side-effects” are even matched in these plug-in models is extremely exciting. By working with non-linearity, as well as noise, hum, frequency response, and THD, plug-in engineers are able to create an astonishingly similar sounding effect.
In our training videos, we show pro engineers and producers using these types of plug-ins. Emulating popular hardware in such a realistic way is very difficult, though. Thankfully, the guys at SoundOnSound have outlined the basic process so we can all understand our plug-ins a little better! Thanks SOS!