P42 Climax Line Amp

Overview

Pulsar  Modular P42 Climax is an innovative multifaceted powerstrip for tone shaping/coloration, saturation and conjures more of the idea of working with hardware. P42 Climax begins with the heartbeat of a hardware line amp, and ends on every single track because it has the cpu coverage to do so (more than 300 instances in a single session). Scalp your perfect sound whether processing a single instrument, grouped tracks, the 2-bus or even when mastering. The sound is simply… unbelievable!

Don’t underestimate the few parameters in P42 Climax.  It is chameleon like, able to assimilate many different coloring hardware devices, but never intended to copy any single one! P42 Climax works magic on drum bus, snare, and of course the bass guitar. Inserting P42 on the 2-bus track, immediately opens up your mix and exposes hidden gems in your mix. With its Mid/Side processing and detailed metering (peak, RMS and LUFS) and Auto. Gain Compensation workflow, P42 fits nicely into your mastering signal chain.

Don’t get scared by the price tag- a comparable hardware unit for a single channel costs around $1,700. Check the Audio examples below as we compare P42 Climax plugin tone shaping against the Neve 1080, Studer A812 Tape recorder, WolfBox DI and other hardware devices.

Features

  • Organic hardware-like feel & behavior.
  • Pulsar Modular signature Shelving EQ (Low & High).
  • Signature LPF and HPF 
  • Tube-like odd harmonics saturation slider.
  • Super low cpu tax and zero sample latency!
  • Works with Mono, Dual Mono or Stereo signal.
  • All parameters are exposed to your DAW for automation.
  • macOS: AU, AAX and VST3 formats.
  • Windows: VST3 and AAX formats.
  • Linux LV2 format coming soon!

Videos

Audio Examples

Artist Reviews

Scott Weiser (AKA Jackal & Hyde)

Lunar Lander is INCREDIBLE! Realistic BBD Delay behavior.

Scott is responsible for some of the most head strong electrocore bass-bangers such as Dark Star, Go Bang, Beyond, This is the Sound of Underground and Bad Robot.

Marc Codsi

Extremely lush melodic plate reverb emulation. I use it when I want to add character to a sound.

Marc Codsi is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and film composer.

Jérémie Regnier

I am stuck on Lunar Lander plate reverb 3- so much cream – Wow!

Composer, producer and performer.

Specification

Supported Plugin Formats
AU, VST3, AAX.

Supported Operating Systems
macOS 10.10+
Windows 8+

Mac
Apple Silicon M1 Native and Intel CPU (Universal 2 Binary)

PC
x64-compatible CPU

System Requirements
Display resolution: 1440 × 900px or 1280 × 960px or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM

Copy Protection
A one-time challenge & response over the internet. License works on up two separate machines.

Downloads

Latest User Guide

English
German

For previously authorized computers

  • GCC is now a parameter ready for automation.

It will be available tomorrow.

  • Real-Time Gain Compensation Calculation (GCC).
  • Extensive set of metering: Peak Hold, RMS, RMS Peak and LUFS values.
  • Additional M/S signal routing.

                  

  • Updated GUI.
  • Disengage HP and/or LP Filters.
  • Updated preset management indexing.

 

                  

 

  • HPF up to 500 HZ
  • AIR freq point variable from 5 to 12 KHz
  • Up to +12 dB DRIVE knob
  • Saturation is @ Input or @ output (currently at output)
  • Oversampling
  • Main out knob now goes to -24 dB
  • P42 works at any audio sampling rate.
  • Mix Dry/Wet now smooth transparent blending.
  • Smooth knob and slider movement.
  • Trial period- remaining days left.

                      

  • Optimized GUI refresh rate, helps with DAW GUI metering redraw.
  • Improved movement of the dials and sliders with your mouse.
  • Hovering the mouse over a dial exposes its value.

                      

  • AAX plugin for macOS is now working.
  • Extended the saturation slider to 150%
  • AAX on Windows still not ready. Next update.

                      

  • This version has a non working AAX for macOS.
  • Fix phasing issues when inserting P42 on mono track for DAWs that support Mono tracks (Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Cubase)
  • Zero sample latency implementation
  • A Mix knob to blend in the Dry signal
  • A polarity flip switch.

                      

P42 Climax v2 with metering

40-Day Free Trial

To start your 40-day fully functional trial for 2 computers, Press the "add to cart" Trial button and complete the checkout. Follow the instructions you will get by email. No dongle required.

(33 customer reviews)

How do you get the Motown sound?  You will need the Wolfbox DI made in the late 60s and used by the recording studios at that time for the signature bass guitar sound and the soft electric guitar sound. The Wolfbox was driven by a Triad A-11J or A-12J, which are not produced any longer. This is what drove the legendary Motown sound. It’s the sound of James Jamerson, Dennis Coffey, Robert White, Joe Messina, and the Funk Brothers- Motown’s legendary in-house rhythm section.

P42 Climax extended functionality is able to nail the sound of a Neve 1080. The 1084 is one of the most revered hardware units ever designed. It sounds like a 1073, and it gives you that beautiful Neve sound thats so sought after.

$240

  • EUR: € 212
  • TRY: 3,209 ₺

paypal

Customer reviews

You must be logged in to post a review.

You must be logged in to post a review.

4.9
Based on 33 reviews
5 star
88
88%
4 star
12
12%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
  1. Sean Garford (verified owner)

    I was hoping to pull this product to bits, on price, and so I didn’t spend more money on “another saturation/colouration tool”, well, I can’t. This thing is the mutts nuts, I’ve just taken off all the saturation plugins I was using on my current project, replaced them with the P42 Climax, and I nearly climaxed listening to the sound.
    I’m not sure what wizardry the developer is using, but it’s truly amazing, in fact, I pressed play and the actual words I used were f**k me. Yes, it’s really that good. I took a punt, but this in now my go-to plug.
    If you’re put off by the price, don’t be, it’s worth every penny.
    Thumbs up here.

  2. Ed Pettersen (verified owner)

    Okay, let’s get the dirt out of the way:

    I have worked with one of the two remaining, living engineers from the original Motown, Bob Olhsson, for over 20 years and have worked with many of the Funk Brothers during that time. The DI/transformers used back then were not the Wolfbox or the Triad’s. That is a myth that was perpetuated by Wolfy who made the Wolfbox possibly because he did ac tually one Wolfbox DI to an engineer at Motown, Ron Malo, who was only there for a few short months and took the box with him when he left. But hey, we can all appreciate Wolfy’s salesmanship, right? The transformers used at Motown were actually UTC’s on all the classic recordings. I’m pretty sure Mike McLean who built all the gear at Motown is still alive too so this can be affirmed. Anyway…

    Getting to the Pulsar P42, it’s somewhat irrelevant what magic transformer was modeled because it’s simply fabulous. Yeah, it’s expensive but once you start using it on your recordings you won’t want to stop. For instance I had an unruly sax on a recording I was mixing and I tried every saturation/transformer tool I have (which is many) but they were all too rigid, too dirty or not edgy enough and round at the same time for this particular part. Enter P42. BANG! It had just the right heft, didn’t mess with the dynamics and was big, bold and round without losing focus. That’s what the P42 does. It works great on keyboards, on drums, guitars and yet doesn’t lose the transient character of those instruments.

    We need to be less focused on chasing “magic” from the past and realize when someone has created something truly new and wonderful even if the past was their template. Trying to sound or play like someone else is not going to make music better but the P42 can. As a side note no-one was ever signed to Motown who sounded like someone else. Ever. And they were the most successful label in music history. Let that sink in.

    Try the P42. The designer has created a very, very useful tool for your production toolbox. It doesn’t matter what it is based on. You won’t be sorry.

  3. André Luiz Salvador

    I like the P42 Climax. I compared it with other similar plugins. I think the difference is how easy it is to get a great sound with P42. With few adjustments, everything sounds good. Also noteworthy, is the fact that the plugin is CPU-friendly. Is the amount charged fair for these attributes? I think not; but then it’s up to each one’s pocket. For me, who live in a country with a devalued currency, the acquisition was very difficult.

  4. Peter Martin

    So apparently there has been some “controversy” with this developer pertaining to his pricing structure and not wanting to bend to the common thread. This type of attitude is very much show cased in not just the P42 Climax, but as well as LunarLander and the sleeper – the P914 FFB. The developer takes the approach of creating professional tools at, a professional price, but a very generous non-crippled demo policy of 40 days.

    I’ll keep my review strictly to the P42, pricing controversy aside.

    Sound – hearing the evolution of the developer take a hands on approach to modifying the original design from other user reviews put this as a strong contender for daily tracking, channel work, or even on the master. Due to the generous demo period, non crippling audio dropouts or inability to save allowed me to really dig in and hear the alterations of the plugins development based from a lot of positive user feedback. I

    Once the ability to remove the HP/LP made me realize this can be a first insert tone shaper that doesn’t coat the sound in harmonics but becomes apart of the sound.

    There are many other excellent tonal shaping tools that I own (Kelvin, everything by Fuse, and many others), this can be used on every channel and actually when place as the first insert everything else down the chain generally operates better from a sonics perspective. The tonal shaping qualities really don’t leave much to be desired and can enhance, tame, dampen, or blow up (in a good way) pretty much any type of musical, atonal, rhythmic, or percussive sounds.

    The price tag you’d expect something that doesn’t sound like “fake harmonics” or a basic waveshaper, you expect a professional useful tool that you wouldn’t hesitate on using for anything you can throw at it from demos to well funded commercial projects.

    Speaking of speech, this is excellent on dialogue and vocals. Overdrive/distortion really either shines or falls apart concerning the human voice, the P42 holds it together.

    GUI – Compared to the other product offerings it really doesn’t feel like it fits from a graphical perspective and seems a bit gimmicky.

    Personally can’t stand things that take up precious real estate, and on the other token tools that don’t have any form of graphical user interface are just as obtuse. If you look even at the knobs of every other offering (the P914 and LunarLander) they’re beautifully done and compliment each other. Looking at the P42 the GUI in no way shape or form reflects the sound quality. Everything from the fonts, color scheme, the faux transistor graphic, to knobs that have no universal theme of values makes it very difficult to get to the point of initially learning the tool, and in use. I think the developer should stick to the theme and vibe he has going from his other product line (since they’re much better done). Considering the LunarLander’s GUI is awesome and completely conveys the visual aspect to the sonic shaping aspect.

    Overall – From a generous demo period, no compromise on the sonic vision, but still takes user feedback seriously, this is a developer to support. Professional tools may come at a professional price, and to the pearl clutchers on price that secretly love the sound but can’t afford it (I know times are tough for some of us), save your pennies or use many other available tools. Because not owning this won’t prevent you from making an amazing sounding production, it’s just that using this makes it a heck of a lot easier.

  5. Andi Vax (verified owner)

    The first plugin which gives me THAT REAL TRANSFORMER MOJO.
    At last!