AudioThing has released an update to its test equipment channel strip Dials, a plugin that delivers a detailed digital translation of a unique combination of 1950s electronic music hardware from composer and YouTuber Hainbach.

The basis of Dials is a re-purposed German vacuum tube radio broadcast device paired with a heavy-duty American bandpass filter. They form a channel strip like no other. The scientific and radio background of the equipment provides a tone that sets it apart, whether you are processing vocals, drums, or any other instrument. Due to the built-in compressor, it is perfectly suited to lend your voice-over the larger-than-life feeling of great recordings of the past or make your drums sound like they could get past the door at Berghain. Speaking of which: if you are feeling adventurous, feed it impulses and hear it roar like Stockhausen at a Gabber party. 

While its roots are in the past, this is a truly modern device with an unparalleled sound. It can be used to sweeten your music or to experiment and it can even become an instrument in your hands.

Changes in Dials v1.0.1

  • Added: Linux VST2, VST3, CLAP plugin formats.
  • Added: macOS 13 Ventura support.
  • Added: Windows 11 support.
  • Fixed: Phasing issue when Preamp is off while Oversample is on.
  • Fixed: Rare crash in Nuendo on macOS.
  • Fixed: Compatibility with macOS 10.11 and 10.12.

Dials is on sale for $49 USD until December 31st, 2022 (regular $79 USD).

More information: AudioThing