Forgive me if the sounds are not totally level-matched.
Drum Machine: No processing 01_Drum Machine RAW.wav
Drum Machine: Tube Drive (No EQ) 01_Drum Machine TUBE 1.wav
Drum Machine: Tape Normal (auto gain disabled) 01_Drum Machine TAPE 1.wav
Drum Machine: Tape Duplex (auto gain disabled) 01_Drum Machine TAPE DUPLEX.wav
Drum Machine: Tape Normal (auto gain enabled) 01_Drum Machine TAPE Auto Gain.wav
The Tape auto gain has a not-so-usual behaviour and it squashes things with distortion and compression when you push it. The duplex will crush things even further. You can get some very nasty sounds out of this thing and sometimes that maybe what you want.
Guitar: No processing GUITAR RAW.wav
Guitar: Tape Normal GUITAR TAPE NORMAL.wav
Guitar: Tape with duplex and auto-gain, highly distorted! GUITAR TAPE DUPLEX AUTO GAIN.wav
Guitar: Tube Drive GUITAR TUBE.wav
Guitar: Tube Drive + EQ, more distortion GUITAR TUBE DISTORTION.wav
Originally Posted by Dappolito
What I tried to say was, that posting such pics is totally useless. We see harmonics. Great. So what do we know about the sound quality of this plugin ? Nothing.
Easy there mate, we all have the same objectives here: getting the best sound out of the tools that are available to us.
Graphs are valid just like internet discussion boards. What does the posts on on internet boards tell us about the quality of something? Nothing. Want to verify the quality of a plug-in? Listen for yourself, run some tests and make up your mind about it. Graphs are just part of my (and other people's) process of testing things, they can be useful on showing us what to expect from something, but of course they don't give us the whole picture - pun intended!
Bottomline is: the strip saturation will not make you drop the Slate, Sknote or Waves, but it can be useful. IMHO, the strip is a welcome and unexpected adition to Cubase 7.