by Silverspike
4.4 / 5     (13 votes)
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RubyTube simulates tube preamps for those that can’t forget.

If you are missing that subtle sparkling and compression that you get when using ancient audio equipment, RubyTube might be something for you. And like many other good things in life, RubyTube is free.

RubyTube is a real time, digital tube amp simulator. RubyTube simulates the saturation effect that can be found in audio equipment with vacuum tubes. This effect is usually hardly noticable but it is responsible for the classic tube sound. Sometimes its just a sparkle on the voice and a slight compression of drums and bass that makes the difference between a neutral recording and a warm and full sounding song.

Simulating tube sound with non-tube equipment is difficult but it is possible. RubyTube is not the first such simulator but compared to other tube simulators and distortion units, RubyTube has a very high resolution and a well-balanced spectrum of harmonic distortion.
RT Dec 23 2020
(5 / 5)
Dec 23 2020
I've had this plugin for years, it really does add that "sparkle" and a beautiful definition that is subtle, but really missed when taken away. I use it mainly when mastering.
rocky01 Apr 05 2020
(5 / 5)
Apr 05 2020
Someone said too bad there is no x64 version. So true. Love the clarity that doesn't sound like distortion at all, even though that's what tubes do for you. :D
Rumb Aug 23 2019
(0 / 5)
Aug 23 2019
Хрень полнейшая!
rocky01 Mar 26 2019
(5 / 5)
Mar 26 2019
My JRiver Media Center is 64 bit now so using Ruby Tube is out. I wish there was a x64 version.
glenesis May 22 2021
May 22 2021 Freeware server & plugin combo - will see e 32bit & 64bit AU and VST plugs to your 64-bit hosts
ALex Jan 13 2018
(5 / 5)
Jan 13 2018
This is an oldie but a great one. I use mostly the shape mode. It does what distortion does but without sounding distorted like many other plughs. It's smooth and fat.
Joshua Pomeroy Nov 06 2017
(5 / 5)
Nov 06 2017
This is one of my favorites. I use it on almost every channel and it sounds amazing. Use the Shape setting for some smooth, subtle warmth.
Anonymous Jul 14 2017
(5 / 5)
Jul 14 2017
Good for boosting guitars.
ksavHOMErecs Sept 07 2015
(4 / 5)
Sept 07 2015
***** bcs it's pretty and sounds ***** thanks :)
Dave_Oh Jul 16 2015
(4 / 5)
Jul 16 2015
Love this one, expecially the slightly sparkle setting, just makes it all sound so pretty!... just right good plug in it's a must have for any studio
fl user Sept 14 2014
(5 / 5)
Sept 14 2014
I think it is a great and work like PSP VintageWarmer2 but act like mono audio tracks. Great plug-in and free.