Nomad Factory/BBE Stomp Ware Plug-Ins
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Stomp Ware is a collection of plug-in emulations of eight BBE Sound boutique analog stomp boxes for guitar and bass. The eight are: Free Fuzz, a '70s-style fuzz tone; Green Screamer is a vintage sounding overdrive; Mind Bender is a very spacey-sounding vibrato/chorus; Opto-Stomp is an optical compressor in a plug-in; Sonic Stomp is BBE's famed Sonic Maximizer; Soul Vibe is a '60s-style rotary speaker simulator that sounds like an old Univibe pedal; Tremor is an intense mono or stereo tremolo effect; and Two Timer is a modeled "bucket-brigade" Analog delay line with stereo or mono outs.
Available in VST, AU and RTAS formats for Windows 7, XP, Vista (32 and 64 bit) and Mac OS X (Intel & PPC), I installed Stomp Ware into my Pro Tools HD rig and found them incredibly friendly on recorded guitar and bass tracks.
Each pedal has a DI/Amp switch that, in DI mode, emulates the original pedal, which was always connected to an amp. The Amp mode adds a model of a small guitar amp making it good for processing guitars that were recorded direct. I found that generally the DI position is warmer and fatter sounding to make up for the lack of a guitar amp. Having both modes doubles the usefulness of the Stomp Ware collection for other sources besides guitars and basses.
I also liked the Sync switches for Two Timer, Soul Vibe, Tremor and Mind Bender plug-ins because it syncs the LFO modulation to session tempo. Each pedal (that has one) uses a slightly different, customized LFO waveform. The Sync position also locks delay times to the session's tempo and changes in time or speed is indicated in milliseconds when not using Sync and, while in Sync, the values change to the nearest tempo subdivision including triplets and dotted notes--very pro features for a guitar pedal I reckon! They only look like guitar stomp boxes!
I use these plug-ins all the time now for mostly guitars but both Tremor and Mind Bender make great effects for keyboards and even occasionally vocal tracks. I find the sound is great due to the excellent signal processing algorithms that supports up to 24-bit/192kHz sessions and the full automation of all controls is very useful during my mixing.
A fantastic bundle of eight effects you can use on any track, the Nomad Factory/BBE Stomp Ware collection sells for $149 MSRP check: www.nomadfactory.com/products/bbe/stomp_ware/index.html.
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