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Latest reviews of Sinus products

MultiLens SoundScape Processor

Reviewed By Tektoo [all]
April 28th, 2020
Version reviewed: 3 on Windows

My favorite distortion sound.

Put it on drums it in parallel with some dry signal. Eq out the resonance and comp it up.

Use on your favourite VST synt to create analog sounding leads and basses and break up your pad's.

But be carefull - It's hard not to over-use it.

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Reviewed By SODDI [all]
October 19th, 2012
Version reviewed: 7 on Windows

Good quick and nasty reverb unit, plug it in program it and it's good to go. Extremely light on CPU usage. Very artificial sounding, which suits my purposes to a T. Try it on reverse reverb programming. Excellent gate implementation, which can give you that gated snare from hell I know you have been looking for. I have used this for years in Wavelab, Cubase and Audiomulch and have never experienced one problem. It is probably my main "go to" reverb. You have GOT to have this one in your arsenal. Entirely usable.

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Reviewed By jam92189 [all]
October 15th, 2012
Version reviewed: 1.72 on Windows

I tried this thing about 2 months ago thought it was okay.

but after really getting into it I notice its a damn good free reverb. not one that might be your go to for every application but its pretty good for when you need a simple easy to setup reverb.

I like how it can be set to really really dark almost to dark or super bright personally the dark is why i use it.

this reverb has super low CPU hit and its free so i cant see why not give it a try.

the way this reverb mainly works is you choose the size of the room then the diffusion of it with a fader after that you can choose pre-delay and the color of it. there is also a gate with full controls. after that you get wet and try faders. so if you need it for a aux send or just a insert it will work quick and easy. the reverb sounds alright not as much charictar as most other reverbs i use but its a good basic reverb easy to setup and actually usable in many applications i recommend at least tying it out its free and works well. the reverb look is simple and quick to get a hold of but not fancy if that is what you look for to bad. but if you listen with your ears and not your eyes then it should be okay and find itself is a few applications in the least.

Ease of use: 10

GUI design(way its setup) :10

GUI look(is it fancy) about a 7 honestly i like its simple look.

CPU use: 10

stability: 10

presets: 8 they have em they are pretyt good but who needs em when its easy to set your own.

recommended? full on yes. at least try it out its a really nice dark style reverb for a big room sound.

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Peak Compressor

Reviewed By jam92189 [all]
July 14th, 2012
Version reviewed: 2.75 on Windows

I bought this the other day because I have a good few colored and clean compressors. But the one thing I never truly felt I had was a invisible compressor. Well I demoed this after a bit I had to have it.

I know the GUI is basic but that's the great thing it shows you what the waveform looks like and can be invisible almost like you did not compress anything at times. I love the way this thing sounds and the CPU hit is way smaller than I expected. Even with oversampling on full its almost no real hit. and if you want you can reduce it.

I personally do not use the limiter section because I get what I need with the compressor section alone but the limiter sounds pretty darn good to. now some times you might want to have a very clean invisible compression but maybe distort the signal some what I like is I can keep the audio quality in tact and use the limiter being pushed retarded amounts to distort the audio.

the only thing that I think could be done to improve this plugin in my opinion would be just one thing, If the gain knob basically worked after the compressor but before the limiter. this is only because with the gain working after the section you limit you can peak. with the gain working before the limiter you can use it as a true limiter just a idea but still its basically top quality and top on easy to use hope it helps its cheep and well worth more than its cost. I plan on buying the multiband comp from them soon

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Peak Compressor

Reviewed By chokehold [all]
October 11th, 2010
Version reviewed: 2.7 on Windows

User Interface:
Well, compared to other plugins it does look a little soft and washy, but it doesn't hurt the eyes like oh-so-many others.
The controls are laid out logically, from input gain on the left over FX controls, the visualization and post-FX enhancements to the output volume and a dB meter on the right. The way it should be.
There are lots of readouts, all controls (apart from visualization, zoom and meters) are explicitly labelled with intuitive names.

One word: transparency.
I never knew what that meant when I read it. Since I have this plugin, I know. This plugin does affect the sound, as it will tame the dynamics and peaks/transients, but it doesn't add any "color" or "warmth" and doesn't try to add any harmonics, artifacts or other "analog sound". At least none that I could hear.
This is a compressor and a limiter, you use it to really squash signals with it. So if pushed to its extremes, it SHOULD clip and distort the sound something rotten, as distortion is basically nothing else than a dynamic range that's too limited to reproduce a certain level and therefore "cuts the tops off" and makes sound waves increasingly rectangular. But you can mangle signals through this plugin as hard as you wish, and it will still sound good, introduces no to hardly any audible distortion.

It is actually kind of a one-trick-pony, but I value this as being positive.
There's no need for additional or extended functionality, it does what it says it does - and it does it really well. That's good enough for me.

Let's call it "sufficient". It comes with a 4-page PDF, two pages are taken up by features and the version history. The remaining two pages concentrate on the controls' functions and how to use the plugin. Pretty insightful for anyone with a limited/basic understanding of dynamics.

It comes with the usual "Init" reset-preset, with 4 Mastering-presets and an additional that's called "Violator". :)
I'm giving 9 points here, as it does have little presets but in my eyes there's no use for presets at all.
This is a dynamics plugin, it reacts to a track's volume and changes in volume, so it's hard to make useful, universal presets for it, as all tracks have pretty varying dynamics. I'm not much of a preset guy anyway, so this is actually pretty irrelevant to me. 5 presets or 50 ... doesn't make a compressor good or bad.

Customer Support:
I have had eMail contact with Stefan, the developer, in the past, he seems to be a friendly guy who knows his stuff. He answered my questions fast and extensively, that's more than most of the "big" companies have to offer.

Value For Money:
Unbelievable. I've been using this for about a year now, and PeakCompressor is one of the two or three plugins I actually don't regret paying for. It's just SO handy.
Even though it seems it was intended for Mastering purposes, this is so CPU efficient that it can easily go on every track without generating a significant load.
And that's actually what I do with it, no matter if it's a vocal track or a bass/guitar DI track or whatever... if there are any occasional peaks in my recorded material - I use PC to squash 'em and raise the overall volume!

Never crashed once in the year that I've been using it. Works well in whatever environment I used it, be it REAPER or Wavosaur.

Could not live without it! If I had to, I'd pay for it again.
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Peak Compressor

Reviewed By trmupstage [all]
March 11th, 2004
Version reviewed: 2.7 on Windows

I have been a fan of this compressor for many years. Sinus has been great about feature requests that I have sent him. It's a shareware item, so you could use it without paying for it, but why not just buy it? It's very inexpensive and the only way we can keep good developers producing great products is to encourage them with our money. That's what I have done. So, what's it sound like? It really sounds like nothing and takes almost no CPU. It is a very transparent compressor that reacts to peaks using a "look-ahead" process. It's not a tone shaping compressor at all. I select PC when I love the sound of a track but need it to be a bit louder and tame the peaks. It does that flawlessly. Because of the attack speed, PC can be used to smooth out sounds that contain too much attack and not enough body. It's really quite nice on acoustic guitar and voice. It's not my first choice if I am trying to color a track, but to simply control peaks and get more body from a sound, it can't be beat. It also has a brick-wall limiter and dither integrated into it. I believe that Sinus intended for this to be a full mix finalizer plug, but I have used it more on individual tracks. By taking the release out of auto mode, you can get some pretty huge sounds from percussion sources. Another trick is putting PC after another more colorful comp. The first comp shapes the sound and PC evens out peaks and brings up the body. Follow that up with a good EQ, and you have a seriously powerful setup.

The UI is great. You can easily see exactly where your compression and limiting start. His wave display is wonderful and unlike so many others, it doesn't cause a huge CPU hit.

I gave presets only a 9 because I honestly never even used them. PC is intuitive and takes no time to master. It doesn't do everything (nothing does) but it does what it's supposed to do very, very well.
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