TUBE saturation via The Echo [video]

The Echo is one of my favourite effect devices in Reason. Both the OVDR (overdrive) and TUBE settings are super useful for adding some analog grit to your sound. The TUBE setting creates a nice and strong EVEN 1st harmonic even when the Drive is at 0.

Check out my video below. You can see how I am not using any Drive on The Echo. I am feeding it a very hot input signal, using two Selig Gain devices. Notice how the peak level stays the same at -9 dB but the overall loudness perception increases when using The Echo. The OVDR setting is more transparent sounding than the TUBE setting which sounds a little more compressed.

UPDATE: You can now download the Combinator patch I have created for this example:

Input Drive (v1) (127.2 KiB, 1,444 hits)

6 Comments

thank you. it’s one of my most overlooked devices – I’m a creature of habit with the 7k – so this was really helpful.

Errm tube demo on drums = meh . Can i bravely suggest if you want to show how great a tube effect is try guitar. I’ve yet to hear anything that gets close to a real fed back sustained and distorted via tube sound but id pay well for it.

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