As much as we don’t advocate relying on plugins as a silver bullet, you really can’t get away from them in modern recording and mixing. You don’t need the latest and fanciest. You don’t need heaps of them. But you need a few.
And the Eventide Ultrachannel is a good candidate for desert island plugin. And it’s free for the next few weeks. Yeah, free.
What is it? It’s basically a beefed up channel strip that includes two different compressors, EQ, stereo delay, micro pitch shift, and a gate. A multipurpose tool to attack any task with.
We’ve played around with it a little bit and were able to come up with some very useful sounds very quickly, as well as some wacked out settings for times when you need to get weird. Within five minutes, we were overwhelmed and giddy with the possibilities of this thing.
In that first, quick trial, we tried it on drums, vocals, guitars, and buss processing and were instantly pleased with the results. If you want to see just how far out things can get, check out any of the ample list of presets. You won’t be disappointed.
Here’s a quick video review of it from Logic Pro Expert:
Until July 8, this plugin can be downloaded for free. After that, the price goes up to $249. So you could save a little and then decide if it’s your thing.
You’ll need an iLok account, but not the dongle, and an access code. Here are a few:
There you go. A free and powerful plugin that could cover everything you need in a mix. Just what you want to see in your studio.