Release year: 2021
Developer: Plugin Alliance
Developer site: plugin-alliance
Platform: Intel only
Interface language: English
Tablet: Replacement files, kijen (requires WIN emulation)
System requirements: macOS 10.9 through 11.0.1 | Intel CPU only (minimum 2 GHz recommended)
Description: Unique Harmonics
The BIG AL is a two-stage tube saturator that offers a wide palette of wonderful tonal flavors emanating from the interactive network in its transformer preamp and power amp. Unique analog hardware, based on brand new circuitry and authentic 1930s NOS components, has been specially designed for this plug-in.
BIG AL frequency shaping starts right in the EF9 preamplifier stage. The Low control is implemented as a Baxandall filter, which allows you to adjust the saturation intensity around 100 Hz in an additional combination with bass boost or cut at the same time.
The High control is an additional EQ band located before the preamp tube. Its peak filter boosts or cuts high-frequency content around 10 kHz, which is important for inciting or taming the BIG AL’s aggressive potential.
A jumper matrix provides access to the main BIG AL circuitry: accent shift, bass canceller, and voltage drop provide powerful options for making complex changes to the distortion profile on the fly by inserting or removing a few simple plugs.
The finishing touch is added by the AL4 power pentode and its output transformer, which are heated by the preamp stage. Result? Truly magnificent harmonic richness that will always sound organic, musical and bold.
Tube saturator based on vintage radio-era components
Uses pre and electric lamps to create sound coloration (“Power Saturator”)
Emulation based on one-time equipment created specifically for this plugin.
Simple user interface peppered with three jumpers for in-depth built-in modifications
Very musical and analog sound, saturation and filters