Flash-forward to today, then, and Black Rooster Audio’s OmniTec-436C is, itself, a very musical-sounding plug-in. Thanks to the tube-based modelling involved, it never sounds harsh, but rather very mellow over the entire frequency spectrum. Clearly colouration is evident, yet it never overwhelms. On top of that, though, it consistently seems to ‘glue’ tracks together in the most appealing way possible.
Put it this way: with OmniTec-436C, Black Rooster Audio has succeeded in flawlessly replicating the best features from the Fifties-vintage vari-mu tube compressor to which it owes its inspiration, yet modernises them for present-day DAW workflow with the introduction of several further flexibility-inducing features, including MODE and LINK switches allowing for selecting between LIM (limiter) and COM (compressor) and STEREO and DUAL MONO, respectively; gain staging via fine-tuning the volume of both the INPUT and output signals, while MAKEUP gain catches the attenuation from the processed compression; side-chain signal filtering with SC HIGH and SC LOW filters from 20 Hz to 12 kHz and 100 Hz to 20 kHz, respectively, while activating the SC LISTEN mode makes it possible to listen to the isolated side-chain signal after filtering; and MIX, to perfectly blend between the dry and wet signal.
It is still possible, however, to immediately identify with the ‘vintage charm’ of OmniTec-436C as its core sound remains true to that Fifties-vintage vari-mu tube compressor to which it owes its inspiration. It is, therefore, truly the ideal plug-in for anyone seeking out a creamy, vintage sound, one which is suited to bass guitar, brass, drums, strings, and vocals — or even synthesizers! Saying that, it truly shines, of course, when applied across a whole mix. Whatever way anyone chooses to use OmniTec-436C, one thing is certain: it is a potent addition to any contemporary collection of plug-ins, accurately assisting in recreating the distinctive sound of pop music’s early era from the comfort of a present-day DAW.
OmniTec-436C is available to purchase for a time-limited introductory promo price of only $29.00 USD — rising thereafter to its regular price of $59.00 USD — as a 64-bit AAX-, AU-, and VST-compatible plug-in for macOS (10.9 or later) and a AAX- and VST-compatible plug-in for Windows (7 or later) directly from Black Rooster Audio via its dedicated webpage, which also includes in-depth information (including some superb-sounding audio demos), here: https://blackroosteraudio.com/en/landing/omnitec-436c
14-day, fully-functional trial versions of all Black Rooster Audio plug-ins — including OmniTec-436C — are available by signing up for an account here: https://blackroosteraudio.com/en/myaccount/licensemanager (The new License Manager uses a simple serial number-based activation system.)