all, this freebie is a very simple thing. It’s
basically just a gain knob that can saturate when
pushed hard enough. But to add some little bells and
whistles, I also included two input pads (-10dB and
+10dB, so the second one is technically not a PAD)
and an output volume knob for easier gain staging.
how close it comes to the original … well, it
distorts slightly less and the natural low pass that
results from the simulation is, at lower sampling
rates (48kHz and down), cramped as expected (which
is however nothing that 96kHz would not cure).
importantly — soundwise it’s pretty convincing. Head
to head, I managed to dial in some settings where I
could not tell the difference between SN06-G and
original. What’s more, even at lower sampling rates
SN06-G matches the hardware more than -30dB in null
test (the greatest culprit being the already
mentioned difference in low pass).
that’s probably the main reason why I decided to
release the drive section separately, too (in
addition to it becoming an integral component of
SN06-G comes in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors, this
time, again, with only a GUI version of both.