Nebula programs made from old tube radios, sampled with various techniques to get many different types of results. These libraries come with lots of flavors, and are some of the thickest/most obvious tone programs you’ll find for Nebula!
Two effects. An LP filter and an EQ/freq specific harmonic exciter.
Tube Radio LP is a unique low pass filter with fully adjustable cutoff AND resonance control. Sampled with dynamics! Lower input levels gives a smooth fluffy sound, higher input levels thicken the sound. Trim control provides quick and easy control over what you get.
(NOTE- this set was formerly known as ‘Frequency Tweakers B’ so if you already have that, you already have this). An old Philco 6-tube amplifier has been extensively sampled to use as a unique tone-shaping tool in Nebula. Much time and effort went into making sure that the end results were faithful to the classic sounding hardware, which was sold with several phonograph consoles back in the 1950’s. For the main portion of this library, the EQ, it was sampled in 3 different hardware setups, for 3 different flavors. The ‘bass’ knob mostly acts as an adjustable high pass, and ‘treble’ as a shelf. Together they can also be used to create ’tilt-like’ eq setups (check the freq response graphs in manual to see what’s possible). The filter FX side of the library is a (nice) bonus.
The sound characteristics of 4 table-top tube radios and 2 tube radio tuners were captured to be reproduced through Nebula. These radios date to the 1950s. Two different FM transmitters were used to sample the radios, but some cases the signal was sent directly into the radios’ circuitry. The tuners have RCA outputs which were used, but the table-top radios don’t. For those, the signal was taken from the speaker leads, after they were disconnected from the speakers.
The sound characteristics of 4 table-top tube radios and 2 tube radio tuners were captured to be reproduced through Nebula. These radios date to the 1950s. As with the programs in Tube FM 1, two methods were used to get the signal into the radios so they could be sampled: FM transmission and inserting the signal directly into the radios’ circuitry.
The difference between this and Tube FM1, is that here, microphones were used to capture the signal after it passed through the radios, placed in front of their speakers (or with the case of the tuners, speakers connected to the tuners). Three mics were used- an AT2020, a XM8500, and an Akai ADM-6.
Six tube radios were used to produce a set of unique, colorful, “vintage” sounding reverb effects. There were three main ideas behind the creation of this set:
1) To see if running various reverbs through old tube radios would make the reverb effects sound ‘old’ and thick.
2) To make reverb programs which could be used as distorted reverbs, optionally.
3) To produce some of the effects using real (and interesting) acoustic spaces, with microphones picking up the signal from the radios’ speakers.
I feel that this set met all goals nicely, and represents something new and unique not just in Nebula but in the digital audio arena altogether.
This set has my most extreme radio effects, with the radios sampled in setups where they were pushed to distort in various ways. Effects range from compression with tone sculpting, to nasty growling distortions. Also included are some oddball robotic ringing effects, rounding out this sonic arsenal.