In this article, we will introduce the latest sale information from Pulsar Audio, known for popular and highly regarded products such as the compressor plugin model.
Additionally, we will also provide an overview and instructions on how to activate the product after purchase, so please refer to it.
This article will be updated regularly as new sales are launched.
1. Latest Sale Information from Pulsar Audio
Pulsar Audio is currently running the following sales:
Mu & Massive Sale: Ends August 3, 2023
Here are the details of the individual products and prices:
- (Ends August 3) Pulsar Audio “Mu” Manley Model Popular Compressor, priced at $79
- (Ends August 3) Pulsar Audio “MASSIVE” Manley Massive Passive Emulation EQ, priced at $89
- (Ends August 3) Pulsar Audio “MU + MASSIVE Bundle” Manley Model Compressor & EQ Bundle, priced at $179.1
2. Pulsar Audio Product Overview
Here, we will introduce an overview of Pulsar Audio products.
Mu is a plugin that faithfully emulates a legendary vacuum tube compressor/limiter, combining modern functionality with the characteristics of iconic Manley hardware.
Pulsar Mu is a stereo compressor designed for mixing and mastering purposes, capable of operating in Left/Right or Mid/Side modes. It provides flexibility for tracking as well. It can be used for leveling, limiting, and adding the analog warmth of the emulated tube signal path.
While accurately reproducing the original unit’s SIFAM meters, Pulsar Mu also features a more modern visualization mode for fine-tuning compression settings, displaying both waveform and gain reduction over time and in an instant.
Additionally, it offers various options for sidechain signal processing. While the popular modification of the original device added a high-pass filter, Mu goes further by providing a complete equalization section, allowing precise adjustment of the compressor’s response to low, mid, and high frequencies using just four knobs.
Pulsar 1178 is a plugin effect that models the iconic FET compressor from Pulsar Audio.
FET compressors are synonymous with the Universal Recording Electronics Industries (Urei) 1176. Introduced by Urei, founded by Milton Tasker “Bill” Putnam during the era dominated by tube compressors.
The 1178, released in 1980, is the stereo version of the legendary 1176 found in studios worldwide. Based on the 1176 Rev. H (the original 1176 had various revisions from Rev. A to H), it retains the legendary punch while offering a more transparent and versatile sound without the warmth.
The Pulsar 1178 plugin meticulously recreates the sonic characteristics and compression behavior of the 1178 hardware. It includes a full sidechain EQ to enhance control, an optional saturation stage to add warmth and character, and accurate metering for precise monitoring.
The original 1176 compressor hardware offers four selectable ratios, but studio engineers quickly discovered that pushing all of them simultaneously resulted in a distorted, explosive, and highly compressed sound. Smasher was meticulously designed to recreate this “All buttons in” or “British” mode.
Smasher excels at delivering a raw, gritty sound reminiscent of bands like Vulfpeck, The Whitefield Brothers, and The Black Keys.
Pulsar 8200 faithfully emulates the legendary GML 8200, which was designed by George Massenburg, the inventor of parametric EQ.
Just like the original, it provides tight and solid low-end, crystalline highs, and precise control over the frequency spectrum.
Pulsar 8200 comes with a comprehensive screen curve editor and spectrum analyzer. This combination of the best approaches from both worlds allows you to highlight the unique behavior of the original unit while accurately grasping the overview of EQ changes. The user-friendly graphical interface enables a faster workflow.
Pulsar Massive is an emulation of the Manley Massive Passive EQ found in mastering studios worldwide. It is designed by synthesizing the best passive equalizers from the past 70 years, and its unique sound is a result of several distinct characteristics in its design.
Firstly, the EQ with a fully parallel topology provides a different type of response compared to digital equalizers with the same settings. The tonal corrections of a parallel equalizer are not cumulative but tend to interact with each other, allowing for a more intuitive and fluid shaping of the frequency spectrum.
Additionally, the original hardware’s equalizer circuitry is entirely passive, incorporating several specially processed and wound inductors. These inductors, custom-made by the manufacturer, introduce magnetic saturation, resulting in a creamy, nonlinear, and organic sound.
Pulsar Echorec is a software emulation of the iconic echo/delay unit of the same name produced by the Italian brand Binson in the 1960s.The sound of this magnetic disk delay unit has made significant contributions to the audio signatures of many bands from the 1970s, including Pink Floyd and Jimmy Page, and stands apart from the tape delays that were commonly used at the time.
The vintage Echorec is known for its characteristics such as saturation, self-oscillation, and over-sound, and has shaped the music of the 1970s. However, it has the drawback of being fragile and difficult to maintain.
Pulsar Echorec faithfully emulates this legendary echo unit. It also incorporates several workflow improvements, such as real-time changes to the motor speed (delay time) and the ability to sync to any tempo, including tap tempo.
Additionally, it precisely models three different conditions of the unit, allowing for a wide range of sounds, from the cleanest magnetic delay to the grittiest and most grungy sound.
3. Installation and Activation Method
Activating and authorizing Pulsar Audio products can be completed in four steps, requiring an iLok account (USB not required). Here are the steps:
- Download and install the Pulsar Audio product.
- Launch the iLok License Manager and log in.
- Enter the activation code by selecting the “…” icon in the top right corner of the iLok License Manager interface.
- Activate the product.
In this article, we introduced the latest sale information from Pulsar Audio, known for popular and highly regarded products such as the compressor plugin models. The sale offers various products including Mu, 1178, MASSIVE, Echorec, and more, at special prices. This article will be updated regularly with Pulsar Audio’s sale information. Be sure to check it out!