Character from Metric Halo is a plug-in that models the functioning of various analog circuits, including microphone preamps, DIs and EQs used for recording, mixing and mastering. In particular, the plug-in seeks to mimic the way analog circuits add distortion. The plug-in features over twenty different models, incorporating the sound of tubes, transformers, and solid state devices.
A Drive control allows for pushing the distortion harder for over-the-top sound mangling. The software utilizes a complementary gain amplifier, meaning that as the Drive is increased to get more harmonic distortion, so the overall gain is automatically lowered by the same amount after the model. This allows for changing the tonal quality without changing the final output level.
With full supports of Pro Tools' automation, Drive level changes can be recorded to create dramatic changes in a particular sound without the need to ride the output level during playback.
Note: Requires an iLok 2 key if one is not already present on the system. A single license authorizes all specified plug-in formats.
Transformer: Jensen transformer-coupled input
Valve: Tube-based EQ input stage
FET: Model of a solid state (transistor) front end
Soft Sat: Tube-based EQ with saturation
Boutique Tube: Hand-made tube microphone preamp
American Transformer 1:Variation of the "Transformer" model
American Transformer 2: Second variation of the "Transformer" model
California Tube Mic: American-designed tube microphone preamp
California Tube Line: American-designed tube line input
Modern Tube DI: Mastering-quality tube DI
Modern Tube EQ: Mastering-quality EQ
Modern Tube Soft Sat: Mastering-quality EQ with saturation
Modern Tube LG: Tube microphone preamp with a low gain setting
Modern Tube MG: Tube microphone preamp e with a medium gain setting
Modern Tube HG: Tube microphone preamp with a high gain setting
Modern Tube Sym: Mastering-quality EQ
Modern Tube Soft Sat: Mastering-quality tube microphone preamp with saturation
Classic British Mic Pre: A favorite large-console microphone preamp
American Solid State: FET mastering EQ
California Vocal Box: Transformer-coupled tube vocal processor
California Vocal Box Drive: Transformer-coupled tube vocal processor with increased gain
British Mic Pre Clone: A popular clone of a favorite British microphone preamp
Controls the gain of the signal feeding the Character model