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Softube TSAR-1 Reverb Plugin + Module

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TSAR-1 / TSAR-1R for Modular  

Softube releases Modular adapted versions of their award-winning reverbs TSAR-1 and TSAR-1R. The Modular versions use the same algorithms and have the same feature sets as their standard plug-in counterparts, which means Modular users now have an easier way to add the world’s finest plug-in reverbs to their synth patches. But it extends far beyond that. The Volume and Wet/Dry parameters are CV controllable, which opens up to new creative uses—for example setting an envelope filter to control the Wet/Dry level. Furthermore, patching the reverb output to any other module opens up a world of creative uses—for example shimmering pitch shifted reverbs, filtered spaces and crazy feedback mayhems. 27 new presets are included.

The license for TSAR-1 or TSAR-1R for Modular is one and the same as for the standard versions of the plug-ins. So owners of both Modular and either of the TSAR reverbs can simply download the update and get to work—this includes all owners and subscribers of the Volume 1 bundle. Conversely, buying TSAR-1 or TSAR-1R with the intention of using them with Modular also makes them available as traditional reverb plug-ins. One license, many uses!

  • New plug-in GUI that makes it easier to adjust settings when Console 1 isn't connected.
  • New Console 1 compatible UAD-2 plug-ins:
    • API® Vision (gate, EQ and compressor as separate modules). Turn off DSP "Load lock" to avoid unnecessary CPU hit.
    • DBX® 160
    • Manley® Variable Mu® Compressor Limiter
    • Manley® Massive Passive EQ (normal and mastering version)
  • Digital Performer 9.13 now supports automatic track name and numbers.



The TSAR-1 Reverb is not an emulation. It's not a stock design. It's not a static snapshot of a space. The TSAR-1 is a powerful, modern reverb algorithm. It's alive and vibrant, it's gentle and dreamy, and above all - it's natural and believable. The TSAR-1 is the better-sounding alternative to the established, traditional reverb products. At a fraction of the price.


The True Stereo Algorithm inside the TSAR-1 is what gives it its magic. The strength lies in its sophisticated sound and versatility, no matter whether it's used on strings and brass or rock drums and lead vocals, it always shines. All this while still having a comprehensive and easy-to-use interface that is unparallelled in other high-end reverb products.

The TSAR-1 has been designed with ease of use in mind. Instead of a myriad of controls, we gave the user interface five sliders and a couple of switched options. But you may very well find you never need to use even these simple controls. Because we included a solid bank of presets, which will cover most of your needs. The presets are clearly named for their intended use, so find a setting you like, maybe tweak a little - and you're good to go.

In Short
- True Stereo Algorithm
- Extraordinary versatility
- Comprehensive user interface
- Modern and powerful high-end reverb
- Extensive preset library
- Also includes the TSAR-1R Reverb



Predelay Use it as a rhythmic effect or to carefully match the tail with the early reflections.
Time Longer or shorter reverb tail. Where do you want to go today?
Density Smooth, modern and dense, or sparse, lush and vintage.
Tone Dark or bright? No need to adjust dozens of knobs to get the character you need.
High Cut Too much sizzle? Cut the highs.
Early Reflections Type Large, Medium or Small? What room do you want to place your tracks in?
Early Reflections Mix Already got a good sounding room and just need some longer reverb? Turn down the earlies with the mix knob.
Diffusion Need that extra smoothness on your snare?
Modulation A vintage style chorus-y modulation, or a modern and classy modulation?
Reverb Mix and Output Volume They just have to be there, right?

Interactive Display
Show both current and previous settings, and toggle between those by clicking on each of the parameter value displays.

Extensive Preset Library
41 well designed presets, categorized into a "modern" and a "vintage" set. The modern set focuses on the classy reverb sounds of today, while the vintage set mimics the characters of old school reverbs we still love to use.

All presets are well documented with examples of intented use cases.


Quotes and Reviews

Man!!!!!! Incredible incredible incredible!!!!! Just mixed Lil' Waynes new single "how to love" and so sweeeet my TSAR-1 Reverbs are sounding right now. If I had 4 hands I'd give 4 thumbs up!

Fabian Marasciullo, Mixer for Lil' Wayne, The Neptunes, etc.

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TSAR-1 has become our go-to reverb for everything.

Greg Wells, Producer and songwriter for Katy Perry, Weezer, Adele, Timbaland, Mika, OneRepublic, Pink, The Deftones, Rufus Wainwright, etc.

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I put the TSAR-1 on one track of a song 'just to see if I liked it' and I ended up using it exclusively for the rest of the mix.

Fab Dupont, Producer/Mixer Jennifer Lopez, Toots and the Maytals, Marc Ronson

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I love this reverb. I got it sounding like a Capital chamber in about 20 seconds. Really musical sounding.

Greg Wells, Producer and songwriter for Katy Perry, Weezer, Adele, Timbaland, Mika, OneRepublic, Pink, The Deftones, Rufus Wainwright, etc.

After installing the TSAR-1 it immediately became my go-to reverb and I used it whenever I needed some ambience. A smooth plate for a vocal, medium sized room for a snare drum, sparkly string ambience; it really sounds great on everything. The control set is fantastic and it is very easy to quickly tweak the EQ of the reverb or time the pre-delay. [...] be warned, you will inevitably find yourself purchasing the iLok asset when the demo period is up!

Bo Boddie, Grammy winning engineer/producer and composer who has worked with Santana, Everlast, Korn, Reni Lane, and many others. He is currently beginning work on Imperial Teen's second release on Merge Records.

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The TSAR-1 is my favorite choice for vocal verb. I have been using it as well on room and acoustic instruments. Love it. It is straight ahead, clean, warm and bright as you would want to get. It stays as an insert for importing session data!!!

Bil VornDick, Engineer/producer specializing in bluegrass and americana. Marty Robbins, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent and Ralph Stanley are among the many artists he has worked during his career, which has rendered him seven Grammy awards.

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I have three classic digital reverbs that I use every day in my mix room here in Manhattan: The 1978 Ursa Major Space Station, the 1979 Lexicon 224 and the 1980 Sony DRE-2000. With the TSAR-1 Softube have managed to create a reverb that puts a bit of that old black magic in the box. I can't imagine anything simpler or more flexible than the TSAR-1, five basic sliders that can take you from the past to the future...

Chuck Zwicky, Chuck Zwicky is a Manhattan-based producer and mix engineer that has been working with a number of artists and albums, including Prince, Soul Asylum, Dead Prez, and Jeff Beck. Please visit for more information.

TSAR-1 Reverb is my new go to reverb. The sound is just fantastic. And its operation couldn't be easier. I can dial in any ambience I could want in the time it would take me just to scroll through the libraries of some of the other reverbs. Its clarity, versatility and simplicity make it an absolute pleasure to use. If the TSAR-1 were a piece of hardware from 20 years ago people would be tripping over themselves to buy the plug-in emulation. Good-bye convolution, hello evolution.

Geoff Sanoff, Chief Engineer, Stratosphere Sound NYC. Recording credits include Green Day, Television, Michael Stipe, Asian Kung Fu Generation, etc.

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I've never been quite satisfied with plugin reverbs in the past but this plug was something different. It really sat in the track on everything i threw at it... I used it everywhere on the Metal Sinatra record and it quickly became the 'official reverb'. I loved the Vintage EMT Plate on vocals, thick and lush! The Drum Plate and Chamber were amazing! Its quite flexible yet VERY easy and intuitive to use. I can't sing its praise loud enough. Simply great! Another killer plug by the artisans at Softube!

Brett Chassen, Engineer/Producer/Drummer. Recording credits includes among others Dave Grohl, Lemmy Kilmister, Billy Gibbons, Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Carlos Cavazo, dUg Pinnick, Alice Cooper, Jack Blades, Billy Idol, Steve Vai and Lynch Mob

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I easily got anything from small boxy rooms to plates to large halls and chambers. I had no problem getting exactly the right reverb for songs ranging from hard, in your face, Rock to smoother ballads and dreamy instrumentals. [...] TSAR-1 is capable of easily creating credible-sounding impossibly large spaces--the hardest job for all digital reverb systems. 

TSAR-1's reverbs sit in the track well without being overly loud and taking up a lot of space and level. I found loads of uses on every song I've mixed with it so far.

Barry Rudolph, Contributing editor for MIX Magazine and 'New Toys' columnist for L.A.'s Music Connection Magazine.

Let me tell you, I am one of those guys who will print a ton of extra 'just in case' tracks of my snare and whatever needs ambiance going thru AMS verbs and EMTs at the studio so I never have to use ITB reverbs, I have never had good results with them. TSAR is finally letting me stop the madness. I love it.

Stu Richardson, Bass Player/Producer/Mixer for Lostprophets