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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Tube Saturator so CPU intense? None of my other plug-ins are this extreme?

We feel the analog modeling technology used in Tube Saturator is a significant advancement in this field- basically it’s a real-time simulation of an actual circuit schematic (using approach not unlike a system like SPICE, a circuit simulator used for many years in the electrical engineering field). Perhaps this plug-in is at the very leading edge of what CPUs can reasonable handle but wanted to still make it available for those who are seeking a no-compomise, accurate model of an analog tube device.

We are looking into other ways to offload processing in practical ways and have looked at different optimization approaches, but to “simplify” the current technology simply to create a CPU-lite version (and make it like any other product on the market) would defeat the purpose of what the technology offers.

The future possibilities of this real-time circuit simulation are exciting – basically any circuit schematic can be specified, covering a wide family of applications – compressors, EQ, guitar amps, etc. – the only limitation being CPU power.