UBK and Kush Audio have released Novatron, an analog-modeled compressor plugin that borrows sonic properties from so many different classic hardware units that it could only exist in the world of DSP. Novatron has separate input and output transformer Saturations, two optional Tone circuits, and a monstrous Compressor with groundbreaking attack and release controls that continuously morph through the unique qualities of Tube, FET, and VCA topologies. By painstaking modeling of the first 100 microseconds of the compressor’s response to transients, Novatron promises to produce the same three-dimensional ’solidity’ and tonal smoothing effect that is typically reserved for expensive hardware. It also tames transients with a distinctly analog character: fast, firm, and weighty, bringing a much-needed warmth and realism to the world of ITB productions.

Kush Audio Novatron is available now for $149. It requires macOS 10.9 or later, an iLok 2 or 3 USB dongle, and an AU, VST, or AAX plugin host.