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Kush Audio Omega 500-Series Tranformable Mic Preamp

Description:

Omega is whatever mic pre you want it to be. Designed to capture a gorgeous sound, it is silky smooth, widely extended, and highly detailed. It sounds flawless.

What we think:

In keeping with Kush’s constant stride towards forward-thinking audio solutions, Greggory Scott has revealed the Omega 500-series preamp. The preamp is one of his first hardware products designed to be used with both the analog and additional digital emulation components to unlock its true sonic potential. What this means is that the Omega preamp itself offers an incredibly high fidelity, full-bandwidth preamp designed to capture as much information as possible. Then, you are able to choose from a separate Transformer plugin to add classic analog color that is distinct to the specific Transformer plugin you select (right now it looks like standard Neve and API versions with more models on the horizon). These Transformer plugins emulate these classic pre behaviors by smoothing certain frequencies and transients, while adding harmonics in other ranges, resulting in an accurate representation of both frequency distribution and the roundness/sharpness of these revered preamps.

So with a market now flooded with pure analog clones of these great preamp flavors, why is this new and exciting? Well for one, I love the inherent versatility of this model. By placing a full-range, pristine preamp on the front end and providing your color control in post, you’re no longer stuck during mix-down with more or less color than you actually need. Instead you can back off the Transformer plugin for more transparency and sharper transients, OR dig further in for more classic vintage color - all decisions you're able to make freely during mixdown with the Omega.

Two, from what I’ve read the Transformer plugins can be used separately and on any channel, giving you access to these classic colors on any signal you desire. Of course getting the spot on sound of recording through a Neve/API pre is best achieved when tracked through the full-range Omega preamp as Kush originally intended. That said, the ability and freedom to add color inspired by these classic preamps to any track you desire is sure to be a welcomed tool for any mixing engineer. And, if the unique saturations showcased in the Pusher and UBK1 plugins are any indication of the quality of these Transformer saturation plugins, these it’s safe to assume these color plugins are going to be both incredibly source-flexible as well as impressively high-quality.

 

Manufacturer Description:

Omega is whatever mic pre you want it to be. Designed to capture a gorgeous sound, it is silky smooth, widely extended, and highly detailed. It sounds flawless.

But if you don't want flawless, slap an Omega 'Trafo' plugin on your Omega tracks, and the Transient Harmonic Coupling (THC) technology instantly makes everything sound like you recorded it with a vintage API. Or vintage Neve.

The Trafo plugins sound good on their own, and will give any track a distinctly vintage vibe and tone. When used on Omega tracks, they go from 'has that vibe' to 'sounds exactly like'.

You can choose which preamp to record with... after you record, when mixing.

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