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OTT [read all reviews]
Reviewed By Vospi [read all by] on 12th November 2017
Version reviewed: 1.2.0.1 on Windows
10.00
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Synopsis:

Xfer OTT is an awesome tool for getting any instrument/loop more modern.

OTT is a 3-band compressor that works both upwards and downwards (that is, pulls quite sound up and pushes loud down). It was born out of somewhat famous Ableton compressor preset, but here you can finetune your effect to get just the thing you want. It can be barely visible, but people mainly use it to really pronounce something. Put a low-passed synth with some kind of subtle hi-freqs details in it ... and be blown away by what exactly multiband processing can get you this fast — and yes, for free.

Downsides:
- latency of 2 samples (so no parallel processing without extra gimmicks employed)
- somewhat noticeable CPU hit.

In other regards and if cooked right, it's simply awesome.
Besides getting a job done, it's an extreme fun: feed rather detailed, high-quality, but not "pushed" source to it and watch it transform drastically, in a good way.

A great sculpting utility that can become a to-go tool for modern music producers.
Absolutely recommended.

Proximity [read all reviews]
Reviewed By Vospi [read all by] on 26th April 2016
Version reviewed: 1.0.1 on Windows.
Last edited by Vospi on 26th April 2016.
10.00
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I can't believe this one is not rated yet.

Proximity is an extremely valuable tool for mixing, and not only music, but speech, theatre, FX and everything where you need a bit of hand-crafted realistic impact.

Pros:
• carefully imitates an object getting closer or farther, including absorbing lows and highs, narrowing stereo field and so on
• perfect for fade-ins, whooshes and reversals, as it does much more than just a volume
• invaluable for mixing background music and noises, for very natural fade-outs
• you can select different algos or even turn them off one by one, tweaking the combo to fit your sound best
• easily cuts a "digital sparkle" off a nasty synth or brings the glory of your stereo bongos right upfront.

Cons:
• the author is not praised around for it on every corner.

Once you get to know it and understand what exactly the effect is, this one is superuseful. Writing a music with it is fun, but it certainly shows its full value when one's mixing radio dramas or such — without this tool, the workflow could be so much more clumsy and problematic.

A top notch thing. A must have for everyone related to sound production.

Scott Drums [read all reviews]
Reviewed By Vospi [read all by] on 29th July 2015
Version reviewed: 7 x64 on Windows
10.00
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This is one excellent close-miked drum library for Kontakt.

General impression:

Right off the bat it sounds very nice. Kick and snares are tight, hats are not overprocessed and thus you can really abuse them to an exciting effect. Easy to mute any long metallic instruments, some tiny details, very nice rhythm sticks: all sounds are recorded and mixed very wisely.

Bonuses:

• great, tight, enjoyable sound.
• ability to reprocess your sounds, which includes stereo image control, eq, comp, reverb and transient shaper;
• despite my previous statement: very slick and tiny interface that doesn't jump on you wth no reason.

In short: I totally adore it.

I love programming "live" music with rich elements done on single instruments in order to get that "circus jazz band" feeling, and this one will be of so much help to me, and it's free. It really motivated me to go to their site and explore it; I thought there's going to be a mailing list to buy some paid products, but turns out every library there is free, donation-ware. I'll definitely consider it, because you can feel how much love someone've put in there.

8-Bit Shaper [read all reviews]
Reviewed By Vospi [read all by] on 9th July 2014
Version reviewed: 1.0 on Windows
10.00
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Excellent tool to overdrive a sound, add a hiss, squash something to hell or emulate a tape recording (getting rid of peaks and pretending that your regular Massive is something from 70s that you've cratedigged, not programmed just 5 minutes ago). Take your time tweaking it and build your tiny presets library as I did. See what you can get from your most basic tones or complex ones. Also, don't forget your filtering — as always, it works wonders on distortion. It looks like something very geeky and undergroundy, like a secret killer tool you would dig from the web, and it excites me:

  • sounds dirty, stereo, smooth — sounds great;
  • have pre/post gain, pre/post filters and other clever controls that you'd like to see in a distortion unit;
  • totally free.

This can make a way into any sound design project and yield some solid and unique results quickly.

Marimbaphonic [read all reviews]
Reviewed By Vospi [read all by] on 8th July 2014
Version reviewed: 1.0 on Windows
9.00
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It definitely is marimba. It works flawlessly:

  • properly panned, sounds good;
  • gives a chance to tune dynamic range to your liking, which is much more intuitive thing than tweaking your MIDI velocity curve every now and then;
  • has some decent reverb built-in, though I'd prefer some or your favourite IRs of course. ;).

It sounds a bit dry to my liking, and UI looks kinda quircky (weird fonts and spacing and colors etc), but hey, it's not something I'll do 8 review instead of 9.
I'll suggest to add a couple of reverb IRs (will make some great mysterious patches) and redraw this UI even just a little bit with a professional behind your shoulder.

Thanks.

Radio [read all reviews]
Reviewed By Vospi [read all by] on 3rd July 2014
Version reviewed: 1.2 on Windows
10.00
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Voxengo Radio is not "radio/amp sim". On the contrary, it does not touch your incoming audio but gently adds some very nasty artifacts to it, like ones that you can hear when trying to fine tune your FM receiver. They seem to depend on amplitude of incoming signal. And they sound so gorgeous!:

  • Very beautiful, natural and unusual type of subtle HF sound coloration.
  • Easy to use, well-thought filtering and dry signal knobs.
  • Free and really unique. Hard to come by, but worth it.

Love it.

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