From what I understood by the description, this plugin is a digital modelling from a unit that included so many esoteric components that it couldn't be marketed as a stand-alone hardware product. Whatever the marketing or history behind it, what you have here is a saturator-overdrive-distortion plugin that does it right! I've used it extensively to squash well-behaved drum loops; give some analog grit flavour to synth sounds, or even run a vocal doubled track through it to mix it up with the original as a condiment. Whatever your application, it's a very adaptable tool that you can make sound as dark and warm or as cool and in-your-face as you want. I've been using the FabFilter Saturn to achieve similar purposes. The Saturn has better control/routing modulation implementations, but this one (in my opinion, at least) has "the sound". Even purchased at full price this plugin is still a bargain! Highly recommended.
by Ian Ossia
Unusually warm and delightful tone shaper. Top rank.
One of my Favorite Plugins ATM!
by The krusher
This plugin sounds amazing and can be used to tonally shape sound in so many ways. Spend a day getting to know the controls and you really start to appreciate what this plug in can do. I use it on almost every track to add subtle or extreme character!
by D Lawrence
There are many great saturation plugins out there. This one easily takes the cake. It sounds extremely 3 dimensional. My jaws drop every time I use it. I'm telling you. Don't deceive yourself into thinking this is some normal saturation plugin. Its not. I highly recommend it.
Hardware finally dies
This plug-in and HG-2 are actually just only two plug-ins on Earth that provide us real analog sound. Waves, UAD and others never did that.
in the matrix
This plugin is a game changer in tone shaping and enabling you to freely heat up and cool down the massive array of sound choices.
Your new secret weapon
by Jay Flay
I'll admit, the folks who initially complained Phil's Cascade didn't sound like fairy dust (or too hard to dial in) initially turned me off. I'll be honest - I'm glad they hate it, because this thing is a secret sauce and I'd rather it be kept that way! I've been yearning for something like this for quite some time - I have a LOT of saturation and distortion plugs and NONE of them can do what this obelisk can pump out. It does in a single instance what I'd normally need a chain of plugins to achieve. It's products like these that have really moved PA into the pole position for my plugin purchases.
This is it !
Ok , i don t write that much reviews , but for this one i had to ! Why ? First the process , the guyz created a hardware to then emulate it , this is brilliant and logical , because sonically we know the sounds and effects of tubes , transistors ect , not 0 and 1 ! So starting with the sound , the designing the algos is just pure genius . Elysia knows his stuff when it come to design hardware that always brings something to the table , and brainworx knows the 0 and 1 side ! So the plugin , what does it bring ? Basically Elysia wanted to create a color box with that analog feel , saturation is cool , but pretty all saturations possible is way cooler ! And this what this babybis capable of .... you can empahsis like real hardware do , fundamentals or cerrtain freq , play with the sat , the bias is crucial ( to apprciate it , crank the drive and the move the bias for the harmonics levels structure ) , mix wet at your disposal , if you can t find something for any sound that needs anything , then the problem is not the plugin ! And the most important , this plugin saturation just sounds RIGHT !! No magic , no voodoo , just familiar territory : analog !!! Try it , be sure to experiment , and have fun ... this one i, i will try to make a video for itself , it diserves it !
This is a long waited help for my ears, I've really been seaching something for ages to make my acoustic redordings, and others too, to have more sweetnes and softnes, so Phil's cascade is something that, I belive, will be used from now on a lot and alot...