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Tube Saturation Tests
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Tube Saturation Tests - Sonic Farm Xcalibur

Moving this from the tube saturation thread for better organization.

These are clips from the Sonic Farm Xcalibur saturation preamp, and some from the Black Box HG-2.

I've been testing the Xcalibur, so just starting to getting familiar with the variety of options this unit has on it.

I'll be posting some clips below. A few drum loops and bass. (Files are not completely level matched, so you may need to adjust listening levels if required).

EDIT: The Xcalibur unit I was testing is actually a prototype unit. Please kindly read this info before checking out the clips:

https://www.gearslutz.com/board/12846894-post98.html

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Additional note - I'll be adding more tests of the HG-2 and the Sonic Farm Creamer+ for comparison in the next week, as I have both here (I had the Xcalibur on loan from Sonic Farm to test). The Creamer+ is the same as the Creamliner, but with additional preamps.

Last edited by Squawk; 1 week ago at 07:29 AM.. Reason: added info
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Test 1 - Drum Loop

Test 1 - Drum Loop. Settings can be seen in image attachments.
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Tube Saturation Tests-loop1-xcalibur_setting.jpg   Tube Saturation Tests-xcal_setting3_fat1.jpg   Tube Saturation Tests-xcal4-settings.jpg   Tube Saturation Tests-xcal5-settings.jpg   Tube Saturation Tests-loop1-hg-2_setting.jpg  

Attached Files

CLEAN_LOOP.mp3 (1.38 MB, 120 views)

XCal_LOOP.mp3 (819.7 KB, 112 views)

XCal2_LOOP.mp3 (1.38 MB, 109 views)

XCal3_fat1_LOOP.mp3 (1.38 MB, 102 views)

XCal4_LOOP.mp3 (1.38 MB, 104 views)

Xcal5_LOOP.mp3 (1.38 MB, 102 views)

HG-2_LOOP.mp3 (819.7 KB, 110 views)

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Test 2 - Drum Loop

Drum loop 2.
Attached Files

Drum_Loop_Test_Clean.mp3 (635.2 KB, 115 views)

Drum_Loop_Test_Xcalibur.mp3 (654.5 KB, 113 views)

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Test 3 - Bass

Test 3 - Bass
Attached Files

Bass-Clean.mp3 (2.57 MB, 124 views)

Bass-Xcal-No-Fat.mp3 (2.64 MB, 107 views)

Bass-Xcal-Fat1.mp3 (2.61 MB, 104 views)

Bass-Xcal-OD+.mp3 (2.52 MB, 102 views)

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Test 4 - Bass (stereo bus out)

Test 4 - Bass (stereo bus out)
Attached Files

Bass-Clean.mp3 (2.60 MB, 105 views)

Bass-Xcalibur1.mp3 (2.59 MB, 92 views)

Bass-Xcalibur2.mp3 (2.59 MB, 91 views)

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Test 5 - Drum Loop

Same drum loop again, two different settings through the Xcalibur. I'm finding the drive control to get pretty aggressive quicky with the saturation. Definitely requires the ODf engaged and fat switch off if you get anywhere around 8-9 o'clock on the drive setting.
Attached Files

Loopdnb-Clean.mp3 (752.4 KB, 88 views)

Loopdnb-Xcal1.mp3 (752.4 KB, 83 views)

Loopdnb-Xcal-dirtier.mp3 (752.4 KB, 93 views)

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