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 SPL Vitalizer MK2-T by Plugin Alliance is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for Windows and Mac OS X. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, an RTAS Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
SPL Vitalizer MK2-T
Product SPL Vitalizer MK2-T
Developer Plugin Alliance / Brainworx
Price (MSRP) $249
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Effect(s)    
Operating System Availability
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System
Latest
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 1.7  Downloads Released
System Requirements
Intel-compatible CPU with SSE2 instruction set (Pentium 4 compatible or higher; we recommend at least 2 GHz)
2 GB RAM
Windows XP or higher (Windows 7 or higher recommended)
Pro Tools 9 or higher or a VST/VST3-compatible host
Display resolution of 1440 x 900 px / 1280 x 960 px or higher
 1.7  Downloads Released
System Requirements
Intel CPU only (we recommend at least 2 GHz)
2 GB RAM
Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or higher
Pro Tools 9 or higher or a VST/VST3/AU-compatible host
Display resolution of 1440 x 900 px / 1280 x 960 px or higher
Miscellaneous Information
Copy ProtectionOnline Activation (Challenge / Response)
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Patented sound quality.

The Vitalizer applies psychoacoustic and audiometric principles to achieve a verifiable improvement while enhancing the sound. The Vitalizer processes only the original signal and generates no artifacts.

Patented filtering techniques highlight the richness of the audio signal in all its detail, while the interactive parameters make it possible to alter the sound in a musical and effective way. This unique combination of precise filtering and intuitive usability enable you to instantly make any music production more stimulating and natural. Music and speech are made clearly distinguishable and comprehensible, loudness more intense, and the whole soundscape becomes wider.

Description

Music emphasizing technique

One of the Vitalizer's main features is the unmasking of overlapping sounds. The way it works is, in principle, opposite to the way compression formats (MP3, etc.) do: instead of deleting allegedly unnecessary information, it enhances it. In order to do that, the Vitalizer takes into account the perception of a frequency in relation to its volume. By shifting louder frequencies slightly in time, softer and formerly overlapping sounds are "unmasked" and made audible. The audible effect of unmasking could be described in general terms as more clarity and depth in a mix. Lows sound more powerful and better defined, mids more focused and differentiated and highs more vivid and brilliant. It can be used on individual channels to emphasize the sound character of instruments or vocals. The clarity and definition achieved guarantee an adequately perceptible presence in the mix.

Another characteristic of the Vitalizer's sound optimization process is the adaptation of the sound spectrum to the non-linear sensitivity of human hearing. This phenomenon was audiometrically proved in the 1930's thanks to the equal loudness contours, also known as the Fletcher-Munson curves after their discoverers. According to these curves, the human ear is most sensitive to mid frequencies, i.e. to the frequency range of speech. As a result, frequencies below 200 Hz and above 6000 Hz need reinforcement in order to achieve a well-balanced auditory impression – frequencies between 6 kHz and approximately 11 kHz are perceived as being 5 dB softer, for example. The Vitalizer uses the equal-loudness contours to balance the frequency spectrum according to human hearing, which in turn improves loudness. As a result, individual elements of a mix can sound more present without an actual increase in level. At the same time, the sum signal also benefits from the Vitalizer processing since it can achieve the same loudness with less sound pressure level.

Applications:

  • Suitable for recording, mixing, mastering or playback.
  • Process single tracks, sub groups or sum signals.
  • Add presence and transparency to mixes.
  • Emphasize the sound character of instruments.
  • Create impressive sounding lows.
  • Separate several low signals effortlessly.
  • Increase loudness.
  • Restore old recordings.
  • Give intensity to sound effects (samples).
  • Improve spatial impression.

Features

Patented technology for automatic sound optimizing
Very easy to use
Bass, mid and top end processing
Unmasking of overlapping sounds
Adjustable soft and tight low frequency sounds
Ideal sounds patterns for electronic sounds/genres
Mono, stereo or multi-channel operation.

Settings

The "Settings" feature allows to store four different sets of adjustments. Much faster than with the usual save and recall presets dialogs, the settings can be stored and recalled by just one click. The Settings A, B, C, D can be included into the automation of host applications to apply different sets of parameters to different parts of a song.

Mouse Wheel Control

All SPL Analog Code plug-ins support mouse wheel control for rotary controls and faders. Place the mouse cursor over a rotary control or fader and move the wheel or scroll ball of your mouse to adjust the control or fader. Hold the CTRL (Windows) or APPLE/COMMAND key while moving the wheel or scroll ball for fine adjustments with higher control resolution.

The Analog Code.

While SPL hardware products have been fascinating audio professionals from home studio owners to mastering engineers in the world's most renowned facilities for years, the need for this technology in the form of plug-ins has also been an ever-growing demand. With the Analog Code plug-ins we have finally accomplished our much desired goal: to transfer to the digital domain the high quality we have striven to achieve with our analog processors throughout several decades.

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