2. Add a touch of tube tone to cut through the mix
There’s something aurally pleasing about the harmonic distortion that tubes can impart; it’s no surprise why tube mics, tube compressors, and tube amps are so widely popular and highly desired.
Neutron 2’s Exciter provides a cool X-Y adjustment to quickly achieve tube-like harmonic distortion or a blend of saturation styles not possible with a single piece of analog equipment.
As is the case when dealing with a real tube, you might regret pushing it too hard. Drive it too much and your consequence will be distortion that may be uncalled for. In the image below, notice the simple controls: Drive (amount of excitation), Blend (wet/dry mix), and X-Y (blend between types of harmonic distortion). Also noteworthy are the pre-emphasis modes (Full, Defined, and Clear), which allow mild changes to the low-mids (vocal thickness or body) or high-mids (vocal presence).