Soundspot released it after their ultimate reverb plugin Oracle which is no doubt a very popular reverb plugin among the sound engineers. The manufacturers claim that after inundated with requests from customers demanding for a flanger plugin they thought they should create something better than that and started the development of a multi-effect plugin with stereo delay, chorus, flanger, filter & LFO effects.
And finally, they released the Nebula FX multi-effect plugin. Manufacturers claim that they use the same mechanism for the signal path in Nebula which has featured in a plethora of sample packs over the last 3 years.
In their words,
When the signal path was combined with 5 powerful effects, an intuitive interface and super lightweight code, the Nebula was born.
But is it really a powerful plugin as claimed by the manufacturers? Let us discover together.
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First of all, we need to know what features Soundspot is providing in this plugin?
Intuitive, easy to navigate user interface.
- Just like other Soundspot plugins, this plugin is designed to work flawlessly with touch controllers such as the Raven by Slate Media.
- Visual feedback feature for the stereo delay.
- You can create a movement to the signal with quick target LFO.
- You can also remove the unwanted frequencies and sculpt the sound by bandpass delay filter.
- A Flanger effect is given to create a unique movement to the delay.
- Global bandpass filter with modulation feature.
- You can create a unique movement to the delay by the given chorus effect.
- Dedicated preset manager to save & share your own delay designs.
Pros and Cons of Soundspot Nebula FX Plugin
Before we review all the effects one by one let me tell you the pros and cons of Soundspot Nebula FX plugin.
- A powerful and intuitive interface where you can design your sounds as per your need.
- Super lightweight coding doesn’t affect your computer performance.
- 5 effects in a single plugin.
- Ideal for guitars and synths.
- Sophisticated interface which is quite tough to operate for newbies.
Effect Modules Interface Review
Now you know about the features, pros and cons as well as about the interface. Now its time to introduce you all the 5 effects one by one.
Soundspot Nebula Delay
First of all, let me explain the Nebula Delay effect. The Delay module has a number of features that help you in creating depth and space to your sounds. You get a dedicated filter button which helps you to remove any unwanted frequencies in the sound. There are two modes – stereo and mono which can be changed by linking the left and right channels.
You can add triplet and dotted variations to the left or right signal and easily control the feedback and mix of the effect. The real-time feedback display provides users with the facility to make accurate decisions in designing the delay signals.
Overall, this delay effect is a fully featured delay which can be used in any application, whether its a vocal, synth or guitar delay.
Soundspot Nebula Chorus
Nebula chorus can be used in several different applications including synth and guitar chorus effects. The chorus module is used to add additional width to your sound by creating a detune effect along with the original sound.
It has four parameters – Rate, Depth, Feedback and Mix parameters. The rate parameter is used in controlling the speed of the effect while the Depth parameter controls the pitch variation amount. Feedback parameter controls the amount of modulated signal feeding back to itself. The last Mix parameter allows you to control the mixture of the wet signal with the original signal. You can also flip between stereo and mono mode.
The LFO effect module does the magic and makes your music breathe by designing the sound. The left side of the module features target selectors which allows you to control various parameters inside the other effect modules. The LFO module itself has four different waveforms including triangle and square, sawtooth and sine.
You can flip each waveform independently to create an opposite polar effect. LFO module allows you to set the time from 1/32 to 32bars which can be used to create the between percussive grooves and longtime modulation. The range parameter is used to control the amount of LFO applied to the original signal.
The Flanger module allows you to add some additional movement to your sound. Just like chorus module its has four parameters – Rate, Depth, Feedback and Mix. When you set a slow rate, it will create subtle movement while the fast rate creates a dramatic effect. Depth parameter controls the detuning amount of the signal and the feedback parameter controls the amount of modulated signal fed back to itself.
The Mix parameter is used to blend the wet signal with the original signal so you can use it to control the amount of the effect. Just as the chorus effect, it has also the same mono stereo controls to create a full stereo image to your sound.
Filter Cut Module
The last one is the Filter cut module. It works on the entire output signal which can be manipulated to create great effects through the LFO. It has mid, side and stereo modes which give you great flexibility to manipulate the end of the signal path. Filter cut module has a dedicated low cut and high cut range from 20Hz to 20KHz to cut off the unwanted frequencies.
The slope allows you to control the frequencies as low as 12dB per octave through to 48dB.
- Audio Units (AU)
- Ableton Live
- Logic Pro
- Pro Tools 10-12
- Sonar etc
- OS X 10.7 – 10.12 (32 & 64-bit)
- Windows 7, 8 and 10 (32 & 64-bit)
Also Available in Soundspot Mercury Bundle
Now you can also purchase this plugin as part of Soundspot Mercury bundle suite.