Our friends at Plug-in Alliance have released a new plug-in from hardware and software gurus elysia which, because of how it was developed is rather unique.
What Is Phil’s Cascade
Phil’s Cascade is a distortion plug-in which models tubes and transformers to recreate all the analogue nonlinearities and distortion which we enjoy so much but to describe it as that wouldn’t be doing it justice as it’s much more interesting than that, and harder to pin down.
What Is Unique About How Phil’s Cascade Was Developed?
We’re used to seeing plug-ins which fall into one of two camps, either purely digital tools or plug-in emulations of hardware, often very popular and expensive hardware. Phil’s cascade is slightly outside both of these as it is a plug-in of hardware which was designed from the ground up as something to model and build a plug-in version of. You can’t buy the hardware this was modelled on as only the prototype will ever exist.
Why Develop Hardware Specifically To Model And Make A Plug-in?
It allows the designers to build a piece of hardware which wouldn’t ever be a viable product. Phil’s Cascade isn’t limited by the supply of available components so it uses incredibly rare NOS components which wouldn’t be available for even a small production run.
It doesn’t have to be built to price, if it were produced for sale the original hardware unit wouldn’t be a success because it would just be too expensive.
It can encourage running the modelled components so far out of their recommended operating ranges that the life of the tubes would be dramatically shortened, however because the tubes are modelled they can be run incorrectly set up without anything breaking.
Watch the free tutorial brought to you with the support of Plugin Alliance to see examples of what Phil’s Cascade can do.