Michael Kingston has released Retroband (+ free RetroBandLite), a new type of distortion effect plug-in.

From Michael’s website:

RetroBand is a distortion unit at heart, but this type and concept hasn’t been previously available as a digital model. Excuse the use of worn-out terminology, but it goes from warming, sharpening, roughing up, softening and smoothing – or all these combined. It may desirably enrich sterile sound sources. Failing equipment can be easily simulated and this allows plenty of creativity. With some luck, it makes things sound “larger than life”. The transient enhanced IM with mid-side stereo control can change or revive a stereo image, too.


  • Digital model of interaction between gain stages and transformers of analogue gear (IM)
  • Three flexible IM models with noise modulation
  • Several forms of transient shaping within the IM models
  • Mid-side stereo image control on all signal paths
  • Efficient SSE optimised processing

Michael forgot to mention the GUI looks sweet as candy!

Michael Kingston RetroBandLite

RetroBandLite is a free cutdown version of the commercial RetroBand. There are no time or preset usage limitations, but quite many of the advanced features of the full version are missing and RetroBandLite processes everything as mono.

RetroBand has an introduction price of EUR 35 (after November 1st it will cost EUR49), and a trial version is available.

More information: Michael Kingston / RetroBand