Emulations of:
Channel Strip/EQ
FX (in general)

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This is how you use the "Research Page" properly.

If you take a look at the info field, it is made up of seven sections:
- a picture as visual representation of the hardware unit
- a name and it's relevant category in which realm the unit(s) belong to (especially important for FX)
- three possibilities of what emulations and alternatives are available
- an additional information block

As example with the SIDstation, it looks like this:

HARDWARE Here you'll find the name & specification of the particular unit(s)
CATEGORY This declares to which section the unit(s) belongs to
This is/These are the best considered emulation available
Emulations via DSP cards like CreamWare, Powercore, UAD, etc
Considered close enough of an emulation or as alternative (e.g. a rompler, Reaktor Ensembles, at least 90-95% spot on, etc)
ADDITIONAL INFO Additional information block to the listed plugins/instruments like limitations, what there is to take notice, possible bonus features, etc.

Additional to the offered information, there is sometimes an abbreviated tag in brackets, on which operating system this particular piece of software is working only. Generally counts: for Apple Macintosh it is (MAC), for Microsoft Windows it is (Win) and for Linux it is (L). If it is cross platform usable, it's (HY) (aka Windows/Macintosh hybrid).
In the rare occasion that a piece of software works in ProTools only (doesn't matter if RTAS or TDM/DSP), it's just tagged (PT). Since most plugins can be used in ProTools via a RTAS wrapper, if no RTAS version is available, there is no additional tag exisitng for RTAS versions. Discontinued plugin creations use the abbreviation (DxD). DSP solutions use no abbreviatiated tags and if there is no tag added, the plugins are declared "hybrid" by default (atm only in the FX section).

Please keep in mind though, that this list is also partially based upon personal opinions and very long, not to mention heated discussions. Especially if it comes to creations like SynthEdit, SynthMaker, Pluggo, and Native Instruments Reaktor Ensembles. Each synth is capable of emulating "something" nowadays and your mileage may vary. But I have to draw a line somewhere, else this research would hit rock bottom - also layout wise. Sorry about that.

This list can not and will never be complete, also it will somewhat be outdated. I'm sorry for the inconvenience, but my personal live has higher priority. It was and still is a hobby research, since I was sick of constantly hunting down infos about emulations in message boards/blogs/newspages. I'm not paid for this, neither am I working for a particular firm or magazine. I still hope though, that this subsection of my homepage is giving you a starting point if you're looking for a software version of your once beloved hardware unit.

Update Status: 22-may-2010 - 05:45pm


At this point it is also very important to me to state a big thank you.

I especially thank the nice people of the KVRaudio community, the developers of these fine plugins who answered my questions and/or contacted me to complete this list as much as possible. And of course everyone who contributed via mail, private message and open discussions.

Without you, this page wouldn't exist. So thanks about that.


If you like this research list and/or find it useful, it would be nice if you could send me a small appreciation to keep the page alive. This project is occupying much time and I somehow got to pay the server bill too. Even if it's a small donation,
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