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Audioscape Golden 58 Preamp v1.0.0 Regged [WiN & macOS]-R2R screenshot
Team R2R | 11 Feb 2024 | WiN: 38.2MB | MAC: 223.6MB
AudioScape is pleased to announce the newest addition to their ever-expanding universe of vintage tone plugins, the Golden 58 Tube Preamplifier Plugin. The Golden 58 Plugin is a digital version of the acclaimed Golden 58 Stereo Tube Preamp. The limited-edition Golden 58 was a six-tube, four-NOS-transformer deep dive into big-tone, reminiscent of late 1950’s tube tech. AudioScape has now teamed up with Canadian plug-in developer Kiive Audio to re-create this modern tone-monster in the digital realm.



The Golden 58 Tube Preamplifier Plugin is a Modern Classic!

The original circuit was developed by Chris Yetter and his team at AudioScape.

Chris says: ”The circuit is all original, based around the 5879 tube (hence the name Golden 58), which is the US military equivalent of the EF86 tube used in famous British preamps. In fact, we feel it is very much the American Answer to those Classic preamps from across the pond, the Tele V series and 47 style preamps, with a few tasteful upgrades to bring it from yesteryear into the modern age. With the handy voice filters and separate Line Input jacks, this simple, yet elegant, preamp can cover a lot of ground.”

The hardware version of the Golden 58 was always fated to be a limited run. Using parts like four NOS transformers per unit, and hard to source 5879 tubes ensured that. But, the radiant warmth and saturation of the original is now available again with the Golden 58 Plugin. Some new enhancements have been added to the plugin like an Auto-Gain control for more consistent output levels following the Saturation/ Harmonics stage, and Output Trims, which give the user even more saturation options.

Features:
6 Premium, NOS Tubes-NOS Philips/GE 5879’s and GE/JAN 12au7’s

Exclusive NOS Input Transformers (4 of them per unit). Completely flat from 20hz-50khz, perfect pairing with this high character tube design

HUGE, Chunky Cornell Dubilier (CDE) and Wima Polypropylene Capacitors

Vishay-Sprague higher wattage Resistors throughout

Phantom, Polarity and Line/Mic switches

+56dB Gain per Channel (+/- 1db)

Voice switch provides the perfect Voice filter for vocal tracking (Single pole Butterworth filter with 3db dip around 40hz crossover point)

Alpha potentiometers and Carling Switches





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comments

  Member 15.02.2016 1 92
+33
Why would they ask for $99 when you have much better options at a cheaper price and even for free? You can do what this plugin does with stock plugins. Waste of time imo.
  Member 9.01.2024 1 42
+57
stock plugins emulating NOS tubes? sure bud.
  Member 15.02.2016 1 92
+33
Let's say you''re right. Still there are more affordable options that do the same, better and more...that's my point.
  Member 9.01.2024 1 42
+57
bro the pricing for this, a preamp emulation, is not far off from other preamp emulations.

soundtoys radiator $99.
All UAD Neve pre emulations are around $300.
etc etc.

i think you're making a fuss about nothing.
  Member 15.02.2016 1 92
+33
Sure kiddo...Distinct Pro (also made by Kiive Audio) is only $59, sounds good and has a lot more features than this bullshit. Decapitator is also $59 on sale, sounds better and has more features.

If this is your cup of tea, go ahead but don't try to fool anyone saying it's a reasonable price. It's trash compared to plugins made years ago.
  Member 9.01.2024 1 42
+57
decapitator is a saturation plugin. not a preamp emulation. its also $199.

you found 1 plugin(which is still just a general saturation plugin and not an actual preamp emulation aimed at nailing a specific type of sound) and made it seem like there is an entire market like this, and cheaper than this. you're simply wrong...kiddo.

we're also not going to act like you've spent enough time with this plugin to make an objective judgement on it. "its trashed compared to plugins made years ago"...lol sure bud.
  Member 15.02.2016 1 92
+33
"decapitator is a saturation plugin. not a preamp emulation"

Who's gonna tell him?
Anyway, this is why you can't trust random people's advice. Lots of info out there, even to make a guy believe a preamp is gonna make any difference in the digital realm. Someone who doesn't even know saturation can be achieved by saturating a preamp.
  Member 9.01.2024 1 42
+57
Lots of info out there, even to make a guy believe a preamp is gonna make any difference in the digital realm.


which argument are you going to stand on here bro. that there are stock plugins that do what it does and it isnt worth the price? that others do it better? that it doesnt matter because its digital? stand firm on one.

Someone who doesn't even know saturation can be achieved by saturating a preamp.
you're asserting here. presumably because you have trash IQ. You stated that this plugin was like stock ones. you were wrong. You stated that there were other, and better, plugins that were just like this one that did what it did but were better, and cheaper. you were wrong. now you've shifted the goal posts to conflating what this plugin is supposed to be emulating...and the point of a basic saturation plugin.

The guy lecturing about random people's advice is the same guy that said stock plugins were comparable lol. "WhOs GoNnA tElL hIm" what an idiot.
  Member 12.02.2024 3
+1
I need a demo of this plugin, Plugin Doctor and almost any saturator. Saving.
Relying on your ears as part of the scientific method is a mistake. 0.2 dB difference in volume and the sound is already getting better. Dubious arguments.
  Member 4.12.2023 130
+32
quote by DullnesslabI need a demo of this plugin, Plugin Doctor and almost any saturator. Saving.
Relying on your ears as part of the scientific method is a mistake. 0.2 dB difference in volume and the sound is already getting better. Dubious arguments.



So now your ears just don't matter at all?
Even if your are going for the full "Scientific" analysis your ears are still important. Plugins may look good or bad on plugin doctor when comparing against alternatives but how does it actually sound when comparing to those alternatives ?

If you have been mixing for a while you can tell what's sounds good and what does not. and its that simple. I'm not hating on plugin doctor at all its just funny when people only rely those methods and don't use their ears regardless of how the plugins or hardware sounds. When we all know the one if not the most important thing in mixing is our ears.
  Member 15.08.2021 1 105
+29
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  Member 15.02.2016 1 92
+33
Nobody said it is (?) looks like you couldn't catch the argument either. It's ok, I can explain.

Dinho is blindly defending the price of this plugin by stating "its a preamp plugin, so it's different than a saturator" when there's not much valuable difference in the digital realm.

I'd really like to know what's special about it to charge $149? ($99 on sale).
  Member 9.01.2024 1 42
+57
Dinho is blindly defending the price of this plugin by stating "its a preamp plugin


the one that cant catch the argument is you here. nobody is blindly defending anything. i never once stated that it was worth what they offered. i simply said that your entire position was stupid. and it is. knee-jerking commenting that stock plugins do what this does and are as good is literally wrong and stupid. and all you've done is double-down on being wrong and definitely stupid.
  Member 15.02.2016 1 92
+33
It’s okay kid. You do you, but at least try to analyse a plugin before saying it’s special because it sounds good to you. When I say analyse I mean actually using scopes for harmonics, phase and general behaviour/fluctuations.

Once you do that you’ll realise how much of a clown you are. I’ve been there before too, it’s okay to learn anyway.

P.D: none of you have been able to tell me why a preamp plugin is special over a saturator…shame
  Moderator 21.01.2012 2374 16076
+158362
Guys, you are going personal, so please use PM for this.
  Member 9.01.2024 1 42
+57
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  Member 9.01.2024 1 42
+57
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  Member 16.11.2013 15 212
+380
Just to check, did you also "try to analyse the plugin before saying" it's not special and by "analyse I mean actually using scopes for harmonics, phase, and general behaviour/fluctuations" against the aforementioned stock or cheaper plugins before making your doubled down assertions above? Doesn't feel like you had enough time to do this between release and your initial comments being made, which was less than 30 minutes I believe?!

Not saying anything one way or the other about the plugin, or supportive or critical of it, just asking the question for the sake of equity or criticism and your own observations asserted seemingly being contradictory, i.e. hypocritical.
  Member 29.11.2020 29 2512
+2578
what are those plugins ? ones that do it better. I'd like to know too
It makes no sense to say you’re not good at it. It’s like saying, “I’m not good at being a monk.” You are either living as a monk or you’re not.
  Resident 2.02.2014 1 2521
+1397
All plugins by Kiive Audio, Mixland, AudioScape, Purafied are made by Kiive Audio
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  Member 9.01.2024 1 42
+57
if audioscape is made by Kiive(i didnt know this), that makes OP's comment even more ridiculous.
  Member 23.11.2021 128
+34
@Stevie Dude, this is somehow similar to VPRE-2C from FAL and El Rey from Acustica. But has more cohesion than the first, which is also a pre. You can compare with El Rey (input gain, without compression), and you will find a lot of similar things on the tone. I'm still amazed with this plugin, it's so classy and modern at the same time. And beautiful GUI
  Member 29.11.2020 29 2512
+2578
yeah by reading the description it already gave the RCA vibe and I think the plugin does what it says and sounds pretty good, it's on par with those Fuse Audio plugins too, it's just if there's anything that can do it RCA style tube circuit sounds better, I'd really like to know.
It makes no sense to say you’re not good at it. It’s like saying, “I’m not good at being a monk.” You are either living as a monk or you’re not.
  Member 23.02.2016 1 196
+51
"NOS tubes" LOL

Stop falling victim to marketing talk! @Qiloo is right: it's very likely that this can be achieved with standard saturation plugins.

The choice of tubes and the amount of stages being modelled just determine the particular saturation profile (eg ratio between even and odd order harmonics). Any plugin that allows you to determine the amount of even and odd order harmonics independently, can model that exact behaviour.

So whether you claim that you model NOS tubes or any other nonsensical claim: in the digital realm it boils down to algorithmic waveshapers that produce a distinct amount of even and odd order harmonics. A free plugin like GSat+ allows you to dial in the exact same tone!
  Member 8.08.2020 2 49
+37
Well said. I dont think op realizes many of the plugins theyre already using were modeled off units that had nos valves. I love swapping tubes around when it comes to gear but In the context of a plugin it makes no sense and is just extra marketing words. No shade to audioscape either, their ba6a clone looks fantastic in all honesty
  Member 9.12.2023 3 74
+83
visually, beautiful (other manufacturers are welcome to take an example here).
sound: the first impression is quite positive
Anarchy.
NO KING NO QUEEN.
  Resident 26.09.2012 3 1708
+809
this thing is golden.
  Member 23.11.2021 128
+34
5879 tubes are RCA and this plugin sounds very much like the classic RCA tones i love. Dense lows and amazing HM and top end, plus an solid transformer style saturation to keep the focus on things as drums.

Very interesting that this plugin is based on an modern piece of gear. I think people are starting to realize how good vintage RCA gear was, i think after some years it will be something like the "Fairchild Cult" we all know. This one has all the RCA goodness i like plus a more modern sound, more defined. Big Thanks R2R!!
  Resident 26.09.2012 3 1708
+809
i wonder if this has huge bass loss ?
  Resident 12.01.2021 539
+262
Only for Line with Voice switch on. Otherwise it's boosting the low end quite heavily (relatively, compared to the mid and high freqs).

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