Character is a plug-in that lets you add the luscious distortion characteristics of classic analog circuits to your source tracks. To create Character we asked top flight tracking, mixing and mastering engineers to send us their favorite analog hardware; the mic pres, DIs and EQs that they used for recording, mixing and mastering. We then used SpectraFoo to measure the ways that these processors add lovely, gooey analog distortion to the sound run through them and modeled this distortion using our proprietary +DSP technology.
Character provides over 20 different models, incorporating the sound of tubes, transformers and solid state devices. Character has a Drive control (and autodrive) to allow you to push the distortion even harder for over-the-top sound mangling.
As Ed Abbott of Universal Mastering says, “Character is so cool, because it has all of the good stuff and none of the bad. Who ever heard of noiseless, phase coherent non-linear distortion? To the best of my knowledge it’s never been done!” And Rob Caggiano (Guitarist for Anthrax, producer and engineer) adds, “I tended to use the ‘Classic British’ character setting on the ULN-8’s mic pres, quite a bit. It just sounds awesome! It gave the guitars and vocals exactly the tone I was looking for, and it even delivered an aggressive sound for a conga percussion riff!”
“It’s like having this cool little analog desk – it’s digital, but you can put Character on it.” – Charlie Pilzer, Grammy Award Winning Mastering Engineer and Musician.
- Provides 20 different Character Models
- Oversampled and antialiased for analog euphonic distortion
- Manual Drive control – to set how hard you hit the distortion
- Autodrive – to enable consistent distortion for all signal levels
- Output Gain – to level match
- Adjustable UI size
- MH Preset Manager – Provides cross-platform presets
Is MH Character for you?
- Rely on the best sound quality available with Metric Halo’s award-winning DSP.
- Add subtle euphonic distortion to enhance your tracks.
- Emulate the characteristics of classic devices on clean tracks.
- Insert on every track for an analog-sounding mixer.
- Use with high-drive for special effects.
- Use subtle settings to add the gloss and sheen of classic analog tube and solid-state input stages.
- Get the soft saturation characteristics of a transformer coupled analog mixer.
- Get quick results with the many provided Metric Halo presets.
- Get inspired!
- Mac OS X 10.8.5 or newer. Intel Processor or Apple Silicon. AU, VST, or AAX (Pro Tools 11 & newer DSP & Native) host. 64 bit.
- Windows 7 or newer. Intel Processor. VST or AAX (Pro Tools 10, 11 & 12 DSP & Native) host. 32 & 64 bit.
- iLok.com account.
- iLok dongle is optional — you may install the license on iLok for portability.
- Only one license required – works on all supported platforms.