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Black Rooster Audio: VPRE-73

German based company Black Rooster Audio offer plugin emulations of some of the most sought after hardware in recent years. The VPRE-73 is their take on the one and only NEVE 1073 preamp. Black Rooster Audio's simple layout and beautiful sound for a very reasonable price make this plugin a real winner for me. I personally picked it up for just under £10 during a sale, but it now retails for £29. There isn't much to explain with this plugin; the gain knob drives the input and the trim knob adjusts the output. The bottom three buttons provide (from left to right) a lowpass filter, phase flip and bypass. Finally, my favourite feature on the VPRE-73 is the high shelf EQ band that can boost or cut those high frequencies. This plugin finds its way as the very first plugin on my processing chains for all sorts of instruments, from bass to vocals. It gives your recordings that beautiful analog flair before any compression or eq even happens, much like how old school analog consoles and hardware were used back in the day. For me, the only thing missing from this plugin is an input/output link, just to make gain staging/matching that little bit easier. If your mixes sound flat and digital compared to the warm and rich records from the analog days, I urge you to try this on most if not all your tracks, and you will hear the difference.

Final Review:

Value for money: 4/5

Sound Quality: 5/5

Ease of use: 5/5

Overall: 5/5

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