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TBProAudio: CS-3301 - Channel Strip Plugin for Windows and Mac OS X
Old 19th June 2016
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Software TBProAudio: CS-3301 - Channel Strip Plugin for Windows and Mac OS X

TBProAudio announces CS-3301, a channel strip plugin with gate, EQs, compressor, saturation and oversampling.



CS-3301 offers following features:
  • Noise gate
  • 7 band EQ
  • Compressor
  • Saturation
  • VU meter
  • HQ oversampling
  • Thermal noise for analog sound emulation
  • Large and easy to use GUI
  • 64-bit internal processing
  • Very efficient CPU usage design

System Requirements:
  • Windows XP or newer
  • Mac OS X 10.5 or newer
  • Win: 32/64 Bit VST, 32/64 Bit VST3, 32 Bit RTAS, 32/64 Bit AAX
  • OS X: 32/64 Bit VST, 32/64 Bit VST3, 32/64 Bit AU, 32 Bit RTAS, 32/64 Bit AAX
  • Tested with: Cockos Reaper, Steinberg Cubase/Nuendo/Wavelab 6/7/8, FL Studio 12, ProTools 10/12

Demo version available

Price: 49€

1.3.0:
  • Small GUI changes
  • Saturation pre/post filter switch added

1.2.2:
  • Small GUI changes

1.2.1:
  • Plugin latency reduced
  • Clear type fonts
  • Auto activate for EQs, gate and comp when changing parameter
  • Small GUI changes

1.2.0:
  • LF Band: fixed wrong filter type display
  • VUMeter: display bug fixed
  • 2xOS: Small CPU optimizations
  • Filter Q knob: shape changed
  • Comp: MakeUpGain added
  • Comp: Mix added

1.1.2:
  • GUI fresh up

1.1.1:
  • RTAS crash fix
  • RTAS/AAX mouse handling optimized

1.1.0:
  • Alt + left mouse resets knob/fader
  • Input/Output knob/fader shows -INF instead of -144.0
  • Gate LED reverted
  • CPU optimization for mono config

Last edited by TBProAudio; 17th December 2016 at 10:00 AM.. Reason: V1.3.0
Old 19th June 2016
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Great improvements in the UI department, folks. It looks great.

I don't know about the sound yet, but I'll give it a try asap.
Old 19th June 2016
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I have been giving the demo a try for the last half hour and it's a very neat little channel strip.

- Nice 3rd order harmonics that are added with the saturation knob. No aliasing as far as I could tell (even without the 2x oversampling)

- The gate has a nice response and the EQ sounds alright.

- The input stage is saturated e.g. the meters are calibrated for 0VU to be at -18dBFS. If you go over that on the input stage it will saturate/distort. The output stage is clean and does not add saturation/distortion if you go beyond 0VU.



I like it overall.
I have two update requests however:

- Thank you for making the Shift key the modifier key for making fine adjustments on the knobs. BUT can you make it so that an Alt + left mouse click returns the control to it's default setting (instead of having to double-click; that's annoying)

- One major fault I found with the oversampling option: It has happened several times over where the right channel of my soundcard (RME Babyface) would just blow out (beyond clipping) after enabling the 2x oversampling button. I have also noticed that enabling the oversampling introduces a lot of latency.
Old 19th June 2016
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I have been giving the demo a try for the last half hour and it's a very neat little channel strip.

- Nice 3rd order harmonics that are added with the saturation knob. No aliasing as far as I could tell (even without the 2x oversampling)

- The gate has a nice response and the EQ sounds alright.

- The input stage is saturated e.g. the meters are calibrated for 0VU to be at -18dBFS. If you go over that on the input stage it will saturate/distort. The output stage is clean and does not add saturation/distortion if you go beyond 0VU.



I like it overall.
Thanks for this extensive review.

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I have two update requests however:

- Thank you for making the Shift key the modifier key for making fine adjustments on the knobs. BUT can you make it so that an Alt + left mouse click returns the control to it's default setting (instead of having to double-click; that's annoying)
Thank you for this, we look into it and try to change it.

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- One major fault I found with the oversampling option: It has happened several times over where the right channel of my soundcard (RME Babyface) would just blow out (beyond clipping) after enabling the 2x oversampling button.
Which OS and which DAW? We will take care.

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I have also noticed that enabling the oversampling introduces a lot of latency.
Well, this is true and by intention, because CS-3001 uses linear phase filter for HQ up/down sampling.
Old 19th June 2016
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Thanks for this extensive review.



Thank you for this, we look into it and try to change it.


Which OS and which DAW? We will take care.


Well, this is true and by intention, because CS-3001 uses linear phase filter for HQ up/down sampling.

Thank you for the quick response. The OS is OSX 10.10.5 and Logic Pro X 10.2.3

Keep up the good work!
Old 20th June 2016
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So, I've been testing it and I think it sounds great!

You did a great job with the EQ. It's very musical and very good for cutting annoying resonances. It's very transparent and "open". Very smooth and soft sounding.

The saturation is very elegant as well. It provides just enough saturation to bring up some "fullness" to the low-mids/low end. Nothing exaggerated, as a lot of programmers do when trying to emulate analogue gear. It really does that subtle analogue thing very very well.

The oversampling option increases the CPU usage a lot, though. Maybe even disproportionately. While it consumes about 1% of CPU juice regularly, when I turn on oversampling it jumps to about 12% (Studio One x64).

Oversampling isn't always necessary, though. For minimal EQ, I could live without it. For more dramatic cuts/boosts and specially if you intend to add saturation, it's essencial.

The compressor is nice for average use, just to kiss the transients a bit to smooth them out. It's not outstanding, though.

The EQ and saturation are the true flagships of this channel-strip. The compressor could use some improvements.

Anyway, you did really well. This thing sounds better than a lot of its competitors. I'll buy it as soon as I can.

Just my two cents.

R.
Old 20th June 2016
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Great UI!

Reminds me of DDMF's The Strip. I also agree with RMorgan about the EQ and compressor.
Old 20th June 2016
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So, I've been testing it and I think it sounds great!
Many thanks for this review.

Compressor: we tried to keep it small and simple, just to have transients under control...
Old 21st June 2016
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Update to 1.1.0:
Alt + left mouse resets knob/fader
Input/Output knob/fader shows -INF instead of -144.0
Gate LED reverted
CPU optimization for mono config
Old 22nd June 2016
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Love this strip... VST it's fine but i can't use rtas in PT10. i'm getting this error
(PC-Windows 7 x64)
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Old 22nd June 2016
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Thank you for this notice, we will investigate this.
Edit: We got it, fix is under preparation.
Old 23rd June 2016
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Update to 1.1.1:
RTAS crash fix
RTAS/AAX mouse handling optimized
Old 23rd June 2016
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Update to 1.1.1:
RTAS crash fix
RTAS/AAX mouse handling optimized
Great support!
Old 23rd June 2016
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Best channel strip i've ever used is the console one, has nothing to do with the controller for it and more to do with the fact that it's the only one with a quality envelope shaper, hint hint
Old 25th June 2016
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Gain staging problems here!
(clipping at -6db )
Old 26th June 2016
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Gain staging problems here!
(clipping at -6db )
Could you please be more specific?
Which settings are you using?Anything else used around CS-3301?
Thank you.
Old 26th June 2016
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Please remove that "shining window glare" on the meter...... Please

Just one of those unnecesarry things IMO (small thing, I know ).....

Otherwise great
Old 26th June 2016
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Please remove that "shining window glare" on the meter...... Please

Just one of those unnecesarry things IMO (small thing, I know ).....

Otherwise great
Thank you for your feedback. We will look at it.
Old 26th June 2016
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Thank you for your feedback. We will look at it.
I first saw this channel strip posted on AskAudio I think...the first thing I saw before I even read any text regarding this devices is the picture of the product...and the first thing that came to mind was ..why is this so washed out and Pale?
Now I'm sure it sounds great I haven't tried it my self....But every time I look at it I wonder why the lack of contrast...? I think the overall UI looks really cool thumbs up !!

I did one simple edit...I added a level adjustment ..that was it.
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Old 26th June 2016
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I did one simple edit...I added a level adjustment ..that was it.
yes much much better!!
Old 26th June 2016
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I first saw this channel strip posted on AskAudio I think...the first thing I saw before I even read any text regarding this devices is the picture of the product...and the first thing that came to mind was ..why is this so washed out and Pale?
Now I'm sure it sounds great I haven't tried it my self....But every time I look at it I wonder why the lack of contrast...? I think the overall UI looks really cool thumbs up !!

I did one simple edit...I added a level adjustment ..that was it.


red is nicer!!

and i like the window, of course!!
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Old 26th June 2016
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Could you please be more specific?
Which settings are you using?Anything else used around CS-3301?
Thank you.
when in your meter i see -6db in my daw (sequoia) i have 0db
if in your meter i have 0db (with casual clips) in daw is +6db

maybe you need to include a regulator like others vst??

note:i am using a analog (hardware) console and mixing OUT OF THE BOX

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Old 27th June 2016
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But every time I look at it I wonder why the lack of contrast...? I think the overall UI looks really cool thumbs up !!
Thank you for this nice feedback. Expect an update (aka GUI fresh up) very soon:-)
Old 27th June 2016
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when in your meter i see -6db in my daw (sequoia) i have 0db
if in your meter i have 0db (with casual clips) in daw is +6db

maybe you need to include a regulator like others vst??

note:i am using a analog (hardware) console and mixing OUT OF THE BOX
VU meter is calibrated to -18dBFS.
So if VU meter shows -6VU it should read -24dBFS in digital meter.
If VU meter shows 0VU it should read -18dBFS in digital meter.
VU clip LED lights at 0VU and higher.
Old 27th June 2016
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red is nicer!!

and i like the window, of course!!
Wow, nice competition :-)
As noted we will release a GUI with a small fresh up soon, we hope you like it.
Old 27th June 2016
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I first saw this channel strip posted on AskAudio I think...the first thing I saw before I even read any text regarding this devices is the picture of the product...and the first thing that came to mind was ..why is this so washed out and Pale?
Now I'm sure it sounds great I haven't tried it my self....But every time I look at it I wonder why the lack of contrast...? I think the overall UI looks really cool thumbs up !!

I did one simple edit...I added a level adjustment ..that was it.
This GUI update does look a lot more inviting.
Not sure if I want to try this.
I really don't need another compressor plugin after Slates Stressor plugin and all buttons in one a well.
Please don't make me try it.

It does look cool though.

Marc
Old 27th June 2016
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Wow, nice competition :-)
As noted we will release a GUI with a small fresh up soon, we hope you like it.
GUI adjustment like Pjeudy did is really nice.

I notice one more issue... when i'm enabling oversampling i get glitches and sometimes after that it mutes pro tools (rtas , PT 10 , windows x64)
Old 27th June 2016
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I notice one more issue... when i'm enabling oversampling i get glitches and sometimes after that it mutes pro tools (rtas , PT 10 , windows x64)
Enabling oversampling changes latency of the plugin. This enables PDC of the DAW. During restructuring of DAW internal buffers spikes could appear in the audio path. Pushing down the track fader (just during OS switch) avoids this spike.
Old 27th June 2016
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I first saw this channel strip posted on AskAudio I think...the first thing I saw before I even read any text regarding this devices is the picture of the product...and the first thing that came to mind was ..why is this so washed out and Pale?
Now I'm sure it sounds great I haven't tried it my self....But every time I look at it I wonder why the lack of contrast...? I think the overall UI looks really cool thumbs up !!

I did one simple edit...I added a level adjustment ..that was it.

That is a nice improvement!

My thumbs up to TBProAudio with being so open to customer feedback and quick to implement updates
Old 27th June 2016
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VU meter is calibrated to -18dBFS.
So if VU meter shows -6VU it should read -24dBFS in digital meter.
If VU meter shows 0VU it should read -18dBFS in digital meter.
VU clip LED lights at 0VU and higher.

maybe i need -16 dbfs calibration
(actual calibration here in other products like mjuc comp)
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