Last month, we published our video documentary about Capitol Studios, including a section on the studio’s famous echo chambers, built with the Capitol Tower and studios in the 1950s (see above) and located deep underground beneath the car park outside the Tower. If you’re a UAD user, you can now do much more than simply hear about the famous Capitol echo, the long decay time and smooth response — you can make use of it in your own studio.
In a move that has been long in the planning with Capitol, Universal Audio have used their Dynamic Room Modeling technology to capture the sound of four of Capitol’s famous echo chambers and make the models available to anyone downloading the UAD 9.9 update (exclusively for UAD hardware and interfaces, of course). Users even have control over mic choice and placement, with adjustable Decay, Pre Delay, a sweepable low-cut filter, three-band EQ, dry/ wet mix, and stereo width.
And that’s not all. UAD 9.9 upgraders also receive a Softube emulation of Tube-Tech’s famous CL 1B MkII opto-compressor (above), with added Sidechain Low Cut and Parallel Compression controls. Sadly, of course, there’s a catch — after 14 days, you only get to keep the plug-ins on payment of a fee: $349 in the case of the Capitol Chambers plug-in and $299 for the Tube-Tech compressor (and $99 if you already own UA’s Tube-Tech CL 1B). But as someone almost once said... there’s no such thing as a free launch!