AudioThing has released Type A, a plugin emulation of a vintage tape encoder from the 60s. The original Dolby hardware unit was designed to be a noise reduction system for tape recording, but it was often (mis)used as an enhancer. The input signal is split into 4 bands (with the highest bands overlapping), dynamically compressed and then summed back with the direct signal. The amount of compression on each band is inversely proportional to the volume of the band. Quieter sounds get brighter while louder sounds remain almost unchanged. This adds brightness and air without generating any new harmonic content or distortion, resulting in a more pleasant and natural enhancer compared to a typical exciter.

AudioThing Type A is available now for $49 with an introductory price of $39. It requires macOS 10.7 or later and an AU, VST, or AAX plugin host.

https://www.audiothing.net/effects/type-a/

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