Softube TSAR-1
Softube TSAR-1

Software algorithmic reverb

User Reviews: 4.52 Average price: $200

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blackle 01/03/2014

blackle's review (This content has been automatically translated from French) " Soft reverb .."

No problem during installation. This bundle (two plug-ins) fits perfectly and quickly in Pro Tools 11. The format supported is the AAX native.


Very stable software for Mac and very greedy in resource configuration used: Core I7 3.5 Ghz and 16 Giga SDRAM OS X Mavericks. Currently no incompatibility and no bugs found.


The grip of this software could not be easier. Few parameters available and ultimately few presets (forty). Each preset is named according to its use: "Vocal Plate", "Drum Plate", "Guitar Hall", etc. .. There are two main families, the "Modern Presets" and "Vintage Presets". In the latter family are stored all the "simulations" of old bikes (Lexicon 224XL, AMS RMX 16, Sony Mu R 101, etc. ..). In the first category there are presets say .. more current and not so different from imitations seen above .. We will return.

The constitutive parameters of a preset are classics of reverb, there are:

1 - The Predelay: enabling away reverb actual primary reflections.
2 - Time Longer (or reverb decay time) to extend or reduce the reverberation time.
3 - Density: to act on the initial thoughts, here they will be more or less pronounced depending on the setting made.
4 - Tone: seems to be a sort of band-pass filter with the cutoff frequency (modulated?) Adjustable.
5 - High Cut: the classic filter to attenuate the higher frequencies.
6 - Early Reflections type: to choose the size of places.
7 - Early Reflections Mix: to play on the output level of the early reflections.
8 - Distribution: this parameter controls the degree to which the initial echo density (constituting the initial reflections) increases over time. Here it is still much easier than in "reverberant tenors", Bricasti, Lexicon and Tc Electronic .. after all it is hard to have your cake, eat it and the butt of the dairy ..
9 - Modulation: This parameter adds a sort of chorus consisting of random time on the Reverberation to "thicken" the effect. Do not abuse it so ..
10 - Reverb Mix: I will not comment ..

The automation is reduced to its simplest expression, also in this regard, it should be noted that the parameter settings cause the silencing effect to invite to hear the "jumps" of values ​​.. then it is certainly no prohibitive, however this may very well be considered a vile boorishness on soft this quality .. damage ..

Different reverbs sound really great, but without reaching the hairline and much more expensive chiseled other apps or bikes, it is true. Actually here I think at times it lacks details and sometimes extensive. For example, on some acoustic sources it is very hard to get a "filler" effect even pushing the diffusion parameters and modulation. Small parts are simulated in a perfectly amazing, it's clean and clear, almost plausible. The halls are of the same ilk, if not always this slight lack of definition, particularly in the higher frequencies. However the plate reverbs clearly lack what characterize, namely a fat hand, dirty and filler. Difficult to express it in words, but the lack of clean technology glitter that here the "Plate" programs are actually down compared to some more sophisticated algorithms ..

For old bikes imitations, take this as a saying .. friendly, but being aware that these programs can not replace the original machine ..

Here we are light years ahead of "Freeware" and other Valhalla and Stillwell, largely at the Lexicon LXP Native and MPX (small flat for the Plate), but in many respects clearly below a native PCM and other VSS 3 and 2 Tc Electronic DVR.

Very nice and easy to use, most presets are fly. Sincerely any of the criticisms above should keep you from trying this app .. and .. adopt it. If you need a good reverb to all, simple but not simplistic, at times able to go tickle the tenors in the matter, and any complementarity, look no further, it is called TSAR-1 ..
Los Teignos 09/28/2011

Los Teignos's review (This content has been automatically translated from French) " One of the best reverbs I've heard"

This is not a plug-in but a bundle that includes two plug-ins: TSAR-1, with all the reverb settings, and TSAR-1R, a lighter version of the first with fewer parameters.

The assembly is protected via iLok: this is not what I prefer, but it works no problems sense. Note that there is not, at this writing, the 64 bit version of the TSAR but the thing Softube announcement coming soon ...

The manual is comprehensive and detailed well as English. That said, what is well with the TSAR is precisely the fact that we can do without manual ...


I use it on a Dell XPS (Core 2 Duo E6850 @ 3GHz, 6GB of RAM, all under 64 bit Windows Seven June 64 bit and Cubase. To convert the plug, I use to time the jBridge.

Everything is stable but in fact, did not feel any limits on CPU, I have not looked occupation CPU / RAM plug. I must say that I play Pop / Rock and I use mostly two reverbs for a song (Plate Hall and most of the time).


I use it for one week only and I only did three songs with but I must say I am more than happy to have this plug in my arsenal of effects.

While I was still with my other galérais reverbs for something not too ugly (whether with the EOS of Audio Damage, the Toraverb of D16 or convolutions, perhaps because I was not good Impulse collections), I feel that the TSAR me greatly simplifies life: and they put it immediately pretty.

What I love is that there are some parameters: I personally am going very well have to adjust knobs 12 000 reflections early or late: here, everything is done with very few buttons and whatever the setting, it is always interesting. The presets are also provided a very good basis to start.

In short, it's quality sound / simplicity, TSAR is for me the best software reverb of the moment: more convincing to my ears the CSR IK Multimedia, and much more simple to use that (too) expensive Lexicon .

In short, I recommend it to everyone. Especially a good reverb, it's silly to say, but it greatly simplifies the mix ...