Overview

SPL’s TwinTube is one of those magical devices that make subtle changes which result in a huge improvement in your tracks.

Simply adding a bit of TwinTube’s analog tube warmth can dramatically improve vocal and instrument tracks. Many times you will need less EQ-ing after applying TwinTube to brighten or fatten things up.

TwinTube also increases perceived loudness without changing actual gain, making it an incredibly useful tool to have in your signal-processing arsenal.

All the character, tone, and utility of the hardware version is available as an Analog Code plugin. As with all of SPL’s Analog Code plugins, the TwinTube is an exacting software model of the original analog hardware processor.

TwinTube combines two essential tube effects in a single processor: saturation and harmonics processing. Both stages process the signal separately, so you can apply them individually or combine them.

Harmonics processing can be applied to four different fundamental frequency bands to improve presence and clarity with minimal affect on signal levels. The saturation control behaves similarly to tape saturation, adding warmth and density, regardless of sound source.

Features

  • Precisely modeled plugin version of SPL’s analog tube effect processor
  • Tube and tape saturation effects
  • Increase perceived gain without increasing level
  • Subtle coloring to dramatic distortion with a simple knob tweak.
  • Works magic on a wide variety of signals including vocals, acoustic guitars, drums, brass, and more

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • IRKO

    IRKO

    Multi-Platinum Award Winning Audio Engineer (Jaz-Z, Pitbull, Kanye West)

    I have used the SPL Charisma on a lot of records. When I found about the TwinTube plugin I was like "YEEEAH!!" And so boom -- it’s my to go-to plugin for horns. A must have. It is also great for… Read More

  • Josh Newell

    Josh Newell

    Producer/Engineer/Mixer (Linkin Park, Avril Lavigne, Anthrax, Puff Daddy)

    The Twin Tube is the perfect plugin to add character to lackluster tracks. You can fatten up thin source tracks or drive it harder to add some grit.

  • Lee Slater

    Lee Slater

    Producer/Mixer/Engineer (Emeli Sande, Roots Manuva, Lana del Rey)

    Be it poorly recorded acoustic drums, electronic drums, guitar parallels, vocals or bass tracks, I permanently have this plugin on a send to add warmth, grit or thickness to my mix.

  • Ethan Mates

    Ethan Mates

    Engineer (Linkin Park, Red Hot Chili Peppers, J-Lo, Tupac, Tom Petty)

    Saturation is one of the most important keys to mixing in the box, particularly heavier music, and this plug delivers tons of tube vibe and thickness for days!

  • Thomas Gold

    Thomas Gold

    Producer/DJ (Armada, Axtone, Protocol, Revealed)

    One of my "go to" tools for warming up a sound. I just throw it onto a channel and I can instantly get a warmer, thicker sound. I can easily dial in more harmonics and saturation to taste. Simple… Read More

Customer Reviews

  • Just Add Tone

    ★★★★☆
    by Tyler Taylor
    TwinTube is a great harmonic plugin that simplifies saturation. I would recommend this plugin if you're looking for reliable saturation that provides a "round" warmth without much fuss.
  • TwinTube

    ★★★★★
    by JH Studio
    This is my favorite saturator for Synth and many other Instruments. Very flexible and effective.
  • Energy Booster.

    ★★★★★
    by Stereotactic
    I always wanted a plugin that injects energy and life back into my drums after compression and I finally found it.
  • Just that little bit extra you needed

    ★★★★★
    by Alex
    This is a fantastic plugin. Simple and easy to use. But very powerful. Use it to excite boring guitars. Throw it on your shells or drum buss to help smooth out those peaky transients. Or on limp… Read More
  • Perfect for dusty old school drum breaks!

    ★★★★★
    by PeteMarriott
    For all my Boom Bap and Lo-Fi Hip Hop heads: This plugin right here is what you should have in your sampling chain when you're snatching those break beats! Don't sleep! Wake the funk up and cop this… Read More

Specification

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

Supported Operating Systems
MacOS 10.9 through 10.14
Windows 7 through 10

Mac
Intel CPU only (minimum 2 GHz recommended)

PC
Intel-compatible CPU with SSE2 instruction set (Pentium 4 compatible or higher; minimum 2 GHz recommended)

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

Downloads

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ChangeLog

TwinTube

SPL TwinTube - Changelog

Version 1.14 (Nov 06, 2019)
- General: Qualified for use with macOS 10.15 Catalina
- General: Qualified for use with Windows 10 November 2019 Update
- General: Fixed plugin validation in Logic under macOS Catalina
- General: Fixed preset name restore in Logic when reopening a session
- General: Fixed opening authorization dialog triggering automation
- General: Improved instantiation times for plugins
- General: Improved license functionality and branding for subscription
- General: Removed 32-bit support on macOS and Windows

Version 1.3 (Jul 10, 2019)
- General: macOS 10.14.5 Update compatibility
- General: Windows 10 1903 Update compatibility
- General: Fixed activation issue in Windows hosts set to non-English language (e.g. Cakewalk)
- General: AU: Fixed issue with increased CPU and memory on reopening UI
- General: VST3: Fixed issue with adapting to host knob mode, and now prioritizing linear
- General: VST3: Fixed issue with VST3 preset permissions
- General: VST3: Improved synchronization between parameter states and some UI functions, e.g. toolbar reset

Version 1.12 (Nov 16, 2018)
- General: macOS Mojave compatibility
- General: Windows October 2018 update compatibility
- General: adding Windows High DPI support for VST2/3 plugins
- General: Fixed potential crashes in Cubase and other VST2 / VST3 DAWs
- General: Fixed potential CPU spikes and audio dropouts
- General: Fixed rendering in Pro Tools on the start of a session
- General: Fixed missing presets in Wavelab and other VST3 DAWs
- General: Improving keyboard control, fixing issues with catched keys preventing it from passing through to DAW
- General: Fixed parallel use of host sessions (e.g. with Live)

Version 1.11 (May 24, 2018)
- General: Microsoft Windows Redstone 4 compatibility
- General: Added computer keyboard control for plugin parameters
- General: Fixed Mouse scroll wheel not working in Windows 8
- General: Fixed an issue where plugins will not validate or load after a certain amount of plugins have been loaded (Windows)
- General: Fixed visual GUI freezes when adjusting DAW parameters, meters, analyzers (Mac)
- General: Fixed possible issue with Pick Pack licenses
- General: Small licenser stability fix
- Added Pro Tools Multi-Channel support

Version 1.10 (Oct 23, 2017)
- General: Mac OS High Sierra compatibility
- General: Fixed possible crash on online activation (Mac OS High Sierra)
- General: Fixed Logic Pro X not validating AU plugins (Mac OS High Sierra)
- General: Fixed CPU spikes and crashes with Cubase (Windows)
- General: Fixed bug that could lead to "AAE -6 error" in ProTools (Windows)
- General: Fixed crash with FL Studio
- General: Fixed crash when cross-opening plugins in various hosts
- General: Fixed crash when using mixdown in Audition
- General: Fixed crash in Final Cut Pro
- General: Fixed delayed parameter handling and crackling issues in Cubase with VST3
- General: Fixed bug where plugin settings were not saved in Harrison Mixbus
- General: Fixed bug that led to AAE error -9317 in ProTools when instantiating plugin
- General: Fixed bug where plugins did not render properly when "x ray" option is enabled in Sonar
- General: Modifications to factory presets were lost when reopening session
- General: Fixed mouse wheel behaviour with second monitor setup (Windows)
- Some plugins: Value labels do not appear every time when clicking on parameter in UI
- General: Faster instantiation time for plugins (Windows)
- General: Adding support for automation highlighting in Presonus StudioOne

Version 1.9.1 (Dec 20, 2016)
- General: Mac OS Sierra compatibility
- General: Fixed automation issues in AU and AAX
- General: Fixed license dialog use of special characters
- General: Improved AU preset support
- General: Performance improvements

Version 1.9 (Apr 1, 2016)
- General: Major UI codebase update
- General: Fixed possible crash when authorizing plugin
- General: Added gain reduction meter support for StudioOne 3
- General: Installers show version info in Windows "Programs And Features"
- Added EUCON pagetables

Version 1.8.4 (Jan 18, 2016)
- General codebase update
- Removing RTAS/TDM/VENUE 32-bit format support

Version 1.8.3 (Jul 18, 2015)
- General codebase update

Version 1.8.2 (Jun 22, 2015)
- General codebase update

Version 1.8.1 (May 27, 2015)
- Fixed wrong installation path for 32-bit Win VST plugin version

Version 1.8 (Nov 18, 2013)
- Licenser update (V3): Fixes and new features
- Prevent wrong mouse wheel behavior in 32-bit hosts on 64-bit Windows (Windows bug) (87, 95, 156)
- Fixed keyboard events after text input in Pro Tools Windows (325)
- Fixed parameter value display in VST3 (330)
- Fixed toolbar triggering automation (335)
- Fixed window size issues (279, 327)
- Fixed possible preset issues in Pro Tools 11 (312)
- Fixed AAX Audiosuite latency compensation (311)

Version 1.7.3 (?)
- decreased AAX DSP load

Version 1.7.2 (Jul 05, 2013)
- fixed for Pro Tools 11
- fixed bypass

Version 1.7.1 (Jun 28, 2013)
- fixed installer for 32-bit Windows

Version 1.7 (Jun 21, 2013)
- added support for Pro Tools 11
- licenser update: fixes and new features
- fixed automation with VST3 offline processing

Version 1.6 (Apr 05, 2013)
- otimized performance
- fixed issues with possible high CPU load
- AAX DSP version improvements
- fixed Avid related issue in Pro Tools 10 that could lead to sporadic crashes
- fixed issue that could lead to values jumping in Ableton Live

Version 1.5.2 (Jan 16, 2013)
- added support for high resolution displays (e.g. Apple Retina)
- licenser: improved Pro Tools activation

Version 1.5.1 (Oct 31, 2012)
- fixed potential TDM automation issue under Mac OS
- licenser: minor fixes
- licenser: fixed activation issue under Mac OS 10.5 / Pro Tools 8
- licenser: fixed potential crash in online activation under Mac OS
- licenser: fixed issues with USB stick activation
- licenser: fixed file handling with offline activation

Version 1.5 (Oct 16, 2012)
- Added AAX DSP

Version 1.4.2 (Jun 22, 2012)
- Licenser update: added toolbar and USB activation
- Fixed response issues in AU format
- change company string to Plugin Alliance

Version 1.4.1 (Jan 28, 2012)
- Resolved DAE/AAX AudioSuite incompatibility
- Fixed audio problems with certain licenses

Version 1.4 (Jan 2, 2012)
- Added presets
- Added AAX Native
- Added 64-bit support
- Added Plugin Alliance Licenser