WUPPERTAL, GERMANY: Black Rooster Audio is proud to announce availability of OmniTec-67A — taking its inspiration from the acclaimed Altec 1567A vintage tube mixer as the beautifully-designed vintage gear emulation plug-in producer’s latest release, realising lush vintage tube saturation (like its hardware counterpart), conceived as the perfect tool to add saturation, harmonics, and subtle distortion to vocal, bass, and drum tracks alike — as of September 10…
Altec’s acclaimed 1567A was originally released in the early Sixties as a rack-mounted tube mixer that had a simple two-knob EQ and a whopping 97 dB of gain! Indeed, its sound suffused whatever was being processed with welcomed character, density, and grit, while its signature green faceplate visually set it apart from the gear of the time. Today it is still a go-to unit for that unmistakably raw analogue sound!
Back in the Sixties (and beyond), the 1567A heavily influenced the sound of countless Motown hits — from The Supremes to The Temptations. It is impossible to think of Motown without thinking of the deliberately distorted and oversaturated brass sections, electric piano, bass, and vocals that gave those songs the sound that is so well known and loved today, thanks to extraordinary engineers like Russ Terrrana and Matt Wallace putting the 1567A to such good use. Ultimately, that iconic piece of studio gear can be credited for the sound of a generation, bolstered by the trailblazing recording techniques that those talented engineers used at the time.
The Altec 1567A stuck around after the Motown era, ending up as the gold standard for achieving a cost-effective coloured sound. Above and beyond their technical excellence, Motown producers focused on creating an apparent aesthetic, one which was so influential that many artists across pop, rock, soul, indie, and hip-hop still implement it today… from vocals to harmonic rhythm sections, the Motown sound is here to stay.
Saying that, then, Black Rooster Audio’s OmniTec-67A vintage preamp plug-in has been faithfully modelled to transport this iconic sound to modern-day DAW-driven workflow, with TUBE TYPE A, B, and C providing its users with a variety of options to add warmth and saturation to a track. The three types of tube each offer a different frequency response, output gain, and harmonic range, while the BIAS control heavily influences how those tubes are driven, having an effect on their temperature and resistance — too cold (over-biased), then the valve sounds thin; too hot (under-biased), then the valve oversaturates. OmniTec-67A users can choose between LOW and HIGH voltage options to find the optimal tone for their production.