Bob Davodian, who goes by the moniker TranscendingMusic, creates quality Nebula presets that focus on utility and creativity. Having more traditional gear covered by other quality 3rd party developers, he tackled some of the eclectic processing out there. However, some traditional gear is included coalesced with custom DIY hardware/software combinations to give rise to otherwise unique signal chains.
Featured presets as of 2012 include:
was created by a complex chain that includes a no-name compressor, filtering, and the focus being centered and inspired around the now discontinued Focusrite Platinum Penta. This final result however is really something different than its separate counterparts. And different than being a mere compressor while including an FET distortion preset.
Here's a distortion “coloring” box for your audio! VCult is inspired by a unique distortion/coloring box: The Culture Vulture. It can range from subtle distortion to more obvious color and character. The distortion is derivative of multiple tubes including 6AS6 as the main source. This library will give the flexibility between adding weight and color or obvious tone shaping.
A psycho-acoustic tool that can also be seen as somewhat as an EQ for it's sculpting abilities. This was part of a massive session that consisted of about 2200 samples. Detecting transient information, this preset can then grow harmonic content based on the transients. While an EQ boosts what's there, 'So Transcited's main focus is to add to as well as boost what's there. With virtually the same output, it can make percussion, for example, sound dense, louder, and more exciting but not in a harsh or abrasive way. Based off of a unique chain that creates a sonic result inspired by the Aural Exciter and SPL enhancer.
My Son Max
A minimalist psycho-acoustic tool, that adjusts phase relationship to bring forth the inherent clarity of a recorded source, inspired by the Sonic Maximizer. For traditional mixing, this is meant as a tool of subtlety but can also be used as an effect depending on how it’s used. If used carefully this differs slightly than simply just eq'ing alone. It can bring punch along with the clarity.
This is a custom analog panner based off a Neve 88 series unit with an M/S matrix widener. It arms the user with the ability to forgo DAW panning and use the character of an analog panner in a traditional sense. At certain settings, the width control allows creative panning or subtle widening effects for stereo sources. The preset also happens to be free!
Based around a Drawmer '68 model compressor, this preset can be subtle as well as heavily character driven. In its more driven and/or extreme settings, it can round out a signal by smoothing high's but more importantly add weight and warmth to a signal. This is a unique compressor without threshold control with an implemented 'Soft' or 'Hard' knee parameter.
A compressor that is inspired by the Joe meek “Q” series. This is a special compressor preset created by a careful combination of driving the input transformer and allowing the various optical compression settings dictate how the 2nd and 3rd harmonic distortion behaves. This is not for the faint of heart! If you want billowy or soft please stay away from this beast. This compressor will wrap up your audio in a tightly knit, low end-cleansed signal. There are some wonderful vintage compressors being released by the great Nebula developers so here's a unique, modern take on one as well.
is inspired by the Joe meek “Q” series. There is a total of 141 MB of program separated into three 10K presets: LO, LOMID, and HIMID. The best way to describe this EQ is that it possesses somewhat of an open aggression but also a tightness creating a hybrid sound that can be used for several different sources.
continuing inspiration from Not Feeble, this EQ is an input transformer driven low band EQ. We are looking at dark transformer distortion. This preset will impart a thick and rounded sound to the low frequency. It truly does warm the signal up, uniquely mellowing things out while at the same time creating an aggression and depth around the set low frequency.
here's another preset showcasing a unique-chain creation. This is based on a custom analog/digital chain that is intended to “clean-up” low end while mostly intensifying lower level harmonic content. Although primarily aimed at low level low-mid frequency content, subtle higher details are also brought to the forefront. The purpose here is to hopefully bring about fuller and more forward sounding program material albeit in a non-traditional sense of compression or dynamic controlling. A consequence and benefit of this psycho-acoustic processing is the saving of a dB here and there, sometimes more depending on the specific material at hand: fuller sounds at a similar output but with enhanced sound. A similar characteristic of the preset “So Transcited” as well as a nice addition to work in tandem.
Top Dog 100
based on a custom signal chain focused around the old Boss 100 Guitar preamp. One of the first in guitar modeling, this is no digital or “in-the-box” type of emulation. It's an all analog driver with different modes of operation. Here's about 18 MB of a simple yet effective “Preamp” Nebula preset. You will find that using this as a front end driving Pre before your main guitar emulation Pre, will tightened up the sound. It will impart an almost 3-D quality to flatter sounding digital emulation, letting the strings shine and enhancing the relative guitar mid range without harshness. Best of all, this is another free one!
About Bob Davodian + Links:
Mixing/Mastering Engineer/Musician, having been long-time involved in the metal/rock world runs an audio services website found here:
www.tmusicaudio.com (formerly www.transcendingmusicstudios.com)
Full descriptions of his services can be read about here as well as details on the Nebula presets. Bob also has an audio blog which can be found from his website, discussing all things audio, our conditions in the general entertainment industry, and at times product reviews.
Stop by his website from time to time to learn about new Nebula preset releases, check out audio examples of his work or read a blog or two!