The Retro Pack is unlike any of the company’s other plug-ins in that it takes a step away from the modern interface in favor of an older look and feel.
“The challenge with the Retro Pack was trying not to put too much in there,” Colin McDowell, CEO of McDSP, told Macworld, when discussing the plug-ins new interface.
Like older analog gear, the plug-ins don’t have a lot of extra buttons or sliders, but they do give you the vintage sound that many musicians are looking for today.
“People want something new, but they want it to sound like something old,” said Ralph Richbourg, Art Director for McDSP. “It’s a comfort zone thing.”
The 4020 Retro EQ is a four-band EQ. The HF and LF bands are shelving EQ, with two additional parametric EQs at the HMF and LMF bands. The 4030 Retro Compressor has a wet/dry mix control to balance compressed and uncompressed signals. The plug-in also has an active attack and release design that the company says allows for aggressive compression settings with minimal artifact generation.
The 4040 Retro Limiter combines a look-ahead brick wall limiter function with some added “treatments” giving it a vintage feel.
The Retro Pack will be available in Spring 2009. Made for Pro Tools systems, pricing for the Retro Pack starts at $495; Emerald Pack customers can upgrade starting at $295.