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Pulsar Modular P42 Climax Line Amp
4.4 4.4 out of 5, based on 7 Reviews


3 weeks ago

Pulsar Modular P42 Climax Line Amp by denork

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 3 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.5
Pulsar Modular P42 Climax Line Amp

This is not just a great saturator, it is very versatile due to its different controls that help to play with the low and high range, if you press it hard it will also act as a "natural" limiter, but you will still not feel excessive saturation or ugly. It is undoubtedly at the top of the list of the best saturators on the market, the only drawback you may find is its price, a bit high, although at least for now a 25% coupon is being offered that takes the price to a higher area. moderate, I hope the developer listens to users and keeps its price in this area, I'm sure it will have many more sales.

3 weeks ago

Pulsar Modular P42 Climax Line Amp by Effectsworks

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.5
Pulsar Modular P42 Climax Line Amp

I generally don't do reviews of products, but I feel this one certainly deserves one. I'm obsessed with saturation plugins and I have a rake of them. I can't say that this is the best one I own, but it's certainly close to the zenith.

So why take the time to review this particular one? Quite simply put, its sounds (and behaves) more like hardware than anything else I've heard for the type of plugin it is. It’s somewhat hard to explain, but after trying this on various sound sources it makes a big difference. First off, it adds a very natural 'weight' to the low end, and this is adjustable. Which makes it sound fantastic for bass and kick drums, etc. It also really shines in the mid-range while adding a very nice, but pleasant 'grit'. Which sounded much better than a lot of the harsh and more digital sounding saturators. You can also dial this grit to taste. From being pleasant and fat to being pretty aggressive while still sounding like the hardware.

For me the P 42 really shines on individual instrument tracks as well as being placed for analog summing over multiple tracks. I was also happy with it on the master but I dialled it back (luckily there's a mix knob). I make a variety of heavy genres and I see it being equally useful for my band as well as my personal electronic material (it’s fantastic on synthetic drums).

So what are the downsides? Well, not much. The only quibble I really have is that some of the controls are a little less responsive than I’d like (as I said in the thread). Lastly, and this is only in my opinion, that the price of the plugin is too high at $249. This is unfortunate, as it may put quite a few people off and I think this plug deserves to be heard. However, I purchased it at 159 Euro (with the intro discount). Which I was happy to pay given the plugins great sound quality.

If you can afford it, and want great analog weight, warmth and saturation, then I’d highly recommend this bad boy.

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1 week ago

Pulsar Modular P42 Climax Line Amp by musicbyjf

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Pulsar Modular P42 Climax Line Amp

This is the first plugin I've reviewed. I own a lot of plugins (a LOT) and a lot of really great ones too but this plugin is truly something special.

I saw it described as a desert island plugin recently and it truly is. I find myself using it to shape sound more than any other saturator or even EQ I own and there's nothing I've tried it on that it doesn't improve.

Add to this the fact that the CPU hit is so low it can easily be on every track. It don't know how they've done it.

It's on the pricier side of plugins but seriously give it a demo - I'm confident you'll like what you hear. This is one everyone should know about.

1 week ago

Pulsar Modular P42 Climax Line Amp by cinematree

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 4 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 3 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.25
Pulsar Modular P42 Climax Line Amp

So far, whatever I run through P42 feels more alive. It thickens things in a pleasing way and is fun to use. I'm also able to get more clarity without harshness.

The CPU usage is very low, and I like the improvements the dev has already made to it. I'm not crazy about the GUI, but given the sound and the low CPU usage I can roll with it.

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1 week ago

Pulsar Modular P42 Climax Line Amp by F9 Audio

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.5
Pulsar Modular P42 Climax Line Amp

Working in sound design means a near-constant need to elevate the sonics of every kind of source imaginable .. I came to this thanks to a casual recommendation from a mix engineer I respect. It's now on absolutely everything - it's almost a reflex action and is a staple part of my 'make things better - quickly' collection of tools.

What's even stranger is it appears you can chain several instances together without it getting overly tired or digital sounding - There's very few things that do this.

I have no idea what's going on under the hood and I have no wish to know as it would undoubtedly be a 'man behind the curtain' situation given that this is running an algorithm designed to emulate analogue behaviour.

I can though tell you that this thing FEELS amazing - it's phat, round ,tubey, vibey and immensely human sounding and I've yet to find a single source that it can't do some good for and I've been around since the very 1st VST and have a plug in folder so stuffed that it would probably constitute grounds for divorce in at least 14 US states.

So the downsides - the GUI is rubbish - sorry chaps but it is - it feels like I'm using a thrown together freebie, not something costing just over €200 and on that point , SSL just released the drive circuit from the Fusion at around half the asking price .

Pulsar if you read this - this is where you need to be - you will increase your sales 100% by doing so with some decent marketing and make everybody happy in the process - You are asking a hell of a lot of money at a time where people's outgoings are going through the roof post-pandemic - This plugin is SO good it really should have mass adoption, but I'm afraid it simply won't at this price -

Having said that - I Also mark it 4/5 on bang to buck - why - because I can't get close to the results from this plugin without using hardware - hardware that costs over £1500 per channel either and this offers multiple instances and instant recall and no external patching - I'm lucky enough to be able to afford the price and can say that it's worth money .

If you're reading this - just try it - I hope you'll very quickly discover that I'm not exaggerating here.

James Wiltshire - F9 Audio

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1 week ago

Pulsar Modular P42 Climax Line Amp by dick swifter

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 4 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 3 out of 5
  • Overall: 3.75
Pulsar Modular P42 Climax Line Amp

This one just makes most things sound better. I’m still learning how to get the most out of it, but so far , there isn’t an instance where this plugin didn’t improve the source and the low cpu hit makes it easy to try on everything. Highly recommended!

6 days ago

Pulsar Modular P42 Climax Line Amp by javahut

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 4 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.25
Pulsar Modular P42 Climax Line Amp

The magic of P42 Climax is in all the ways you can manipulate its parameters to sound "right" for a particular track, depending on how the source needs to be modified. And P42 seems to always sound natural and organic in use... as in the source never sounds overly processed.

I like P42 a lot. And well more than the only other new plugin I've tried recently... Softube OverStayer. P42 is more useable, easier to dial in, and sounds better in every case. It pretty much always makes a source noticeably better when dialed in... which is not always the case with other plugins.

Yeah, it's a little on the pricier side. But P42's stellar sound quality and its ability to be used across a mix in multiple ways to massage & mold sounds into place is invaluable. Often it even seems to improve the quality and use of other plugins P42's combined with. No other single plugin I've used has this kinda capability with this much sound quality.