Unfiltered Audio Vinyl Simulator

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Source: Plugin Alliance

Craving for those authentic vinyl vibes? Unfiltered Audio Needlepoint is a new plug-in billed as “the next generation vinyl emulation”. What does Needlepoint have to offer that other vinyl emulators don’t?

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Plug-ins that aim to recreate the characteristic sounds and noises of vinyl records have been around for almost as long as plug-ins have been around. iZotope Vinyl, the granddaddy of them all, continues to be a staple in music production and is still living on nearly every producer’s computer 21 years after its first release. It seems like we’re always craving those vinyl vibes, if only to refresh our sample libraries. With EmbroideryUnfiltered Audio has released what the company calls “a revolution in vinyl simulation”.

According to the developer, Needlepoint differentiates itself from most other vinyl emulations by relying on physical modeling instead of samples to produce the characteristic vinyl effects. This means that everything is synthesized in real time – from the condition of the disc and drive to any dirt or scratches that might be present.

Thorough control

Needless to say, you have plenty of options to play with. Rather than just giving you the conventional RPMs like 33 1/3, 45 and the like, Needlepoint lets you adjust the speed freely. You can even synchronization to tempo to your DAW. In addition to this there is a Spindown button for classic vinyl stop/start effects, and a Broken button that generates unpredictable looping effects.

The Dust and Noise Sections allow you to dial in precisely how great you want the virtual recording to sound. Both sections also include filters for additional sound shaping. And you can adjust the Gain and age registration and apply wow and flutter for good measure.

Last, but not least, Unfiltered Audio has added a one knob compressor which emulates the vintage hardware samplers associated with vinyl-based beat production. This means that Needlepoint goes above and beyond most other vinyl emulations by including the second processing step that many beatmakers like to add after vinylizing their samples.

Overall, Unfiltered Audio Needlepoint looks like one of the most complete vinyl emulations you can get. If you like the sound of vinyl records and old-school beats, this one should be on your list.

Price and compatibility

Unfiltered Audio Needlepoint is now available from Plugin Alliance. For some reason they don’t mention the price yet. But you can already download it and start the 14 day free trial.

The plugin works on macOS 10.11 or higher (Apple Silicon is supported except for AAX) and Windows 8 or higher. It is available in VST, VST3, AU, AAX Native and AAX AudioSuite sizes.

More information about Needlepoint

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