Overview

This plugin is included in our MIX & MASTER and MEGA Bundle at no extra cost!

Unique Harmonics
BIG AL is a dual-stage tube saturator that offers a broad palette of marvelous sound flavors flowing from the interactive network within its transformer-coupled pre and power amp. Based on completely novel circuitry and authentic NOS components from the 1930s, the one-off analog hardware has been exclusively designed for this plugin.

Filter Freak
BIG AL's frequency conditioning begins right in the EF9 preamp stage. The Low control is implemented as a Baxandall filter which allows adjusting saturation intensity around 100Hz in optional combination with boosting or cutting the bass at the same time.

The High control is an additional EQ band placed in front of the preamp tube. Its peaking filter boosts or cuts high-frequency content around 10kHz which is essential for inciting or taming BIG AL's treble aggression potential.

Onboard Mods
A jumper matrix grants access to BIG AL's core circuitry: Emphasis Shift, Bass Compensator and Voltage Sag provide powerful options for making complex changes to the distortion profile on the fly by inserting or pulling a few simple plugs.

The finishing spice is added by the AL4 power pentode and its output transformer, driven hot by the preamp stage. The result? A truly gorgeous kind of harmonic saturation that will always sound organic, musical, and bold.

 

FREE Presets

George Seara Presets

Features

  • Tube saturator built around vintage components from the radio era
  • Uses pre and power tubes to generate sound coloration (‘The Power Saturator’)
  • Emulation based on a one-off hardware created exclusively for this plugin
  • Straight forward user interface spiced up with three jumpers for in-depth onboard mods
  • Very musical and analog sounding saturation and filters

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • George Seara

    George Seara

    Mixing & Recording Engineer (Shawn Mendes, James Bay, Drake, Sting)

    Love this, Guys! It’s quick, easy, and intuitive, and best of all is that it sounds KILLER!! On drums, bass, guitars, synths, and samples, this is such a great tool to add glorious harmonic… Read More

  • Greg Wells

    Greg Wells

    Grammy-winning producer, mixer, songwriter (Taylor Swift, Adele, Pharrell Williams, Kid Cudi)

    Big Al is gorgeous! I love using it subtly across the mix or individual elements.

  • Brian Malouf

    Brian Malouf

    Producer, Mixer (Michael Jackson, Queen, Madonna, Pearl Jam, Stevie Wonder)

    It’s also one of those boxes that improves the sound of the instrument by just instantiating it. The transients, with just a little drive and high-end eq, were immediately beautiful - still… Read More

  • Darrell Thorp

    Darrell Thorp

    9 Grammy Awards (Foo Fighters, Beck, Radiohead, Paul McCartney)

    Great fun in a small box. I love the analog sound and the depth, and the added ability to add harmonic distortion.

  • Daniel Wyatt

    Daniel Wyatt

    Multi-platinum Audio Engineer (Curtis Mayfield, Mos Def, Sugar Ray, The Roots)

    PA is back with another never-been-seen before beauty from the past - and we are going way back here - to the 1930s! Big Al is not a Chicago gangster, but a powerhouse saturator/clipper with heavy… Read More

Customer Reviews

  • This is it

    ★★★★★
    by Black Frost
    This is my go to saturator, because it can do anything. Very easy to use, very good sound. I like Phil's Cascade for synth and flutes and mellotron and also the other NEOLD plug in too, but my go to… Read More
  • Beautiful Destruction

    ★★★★★
    by Advisory
    I'm using this on nasty synth basses and it's mangling them in a lovely way without destroying your ears. Having the voltage sag enabled adds some fun variation too.
    Easily a new go to… Read More
  • Big AL in M/S

    ★★★★★
    by FClef Luc
    Love this plugin. Was very jealous of the native M/S option for plugins in the video, but was able to create an effect rack in Ableton to use Big AL in M/S mode. It's on the mix bus of every track… Read More
  • BIG AL

    ★★★★☆
    by elektroartist
    very nice sounding plug, but where is the mid/side Option wich is shown in the Video?
  • Neold Big Al

    ★★★★★
    by Zed
    This plugin is PERFECT. So quick to make a weak signal sound stronger. Looks great, wonderfully laid out.
    'High' means top, easy.
    Bit of bottom end, 'Low', got it. etc. Read More

Specification

Supported Plugin Formats
AAX Native, AU, AAX AudioSuite, VST2, VST3

Supported Operating Systems
macOS 10.9 through 11.0.1
Windows 7 through 10

Mac
Intel CPU only (minimum 2 GHz recommended)

PC
x64-compatible CPU

System Requirements
Display resolution: 1440 × 900px or 1280 × 960px or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM

Downloads

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ChangeLog

BIG AL

NEOLD BIG AL - Changelog

Version 1.0 (Jan 22, 2021)
- Initial release