FireCobra combines the accuracy of the digital world with the live randomness of the analogue. Behind its simple user interface, there's more technology than you'd expect. FireCobra intelligently analyses the audio signal and makes it sound punchier, more powerful and better in general. It makes the mixes better with nearly no time wasted on setting it up. Just put it on every track you'd like to enhance and set how much. Quick and easy and sounds unbelievable.
Intensify Your Audio Materials
Intensify is the main feature algorithm FireCobra. It intelligently analyzes the input audio and makes the output sound tighter and fuller. It brings up the drowned and overheard elements that are hard to perceive and attenuates elements, which tend to kill and bury the others. And the best thing is that all it takes is a single knob.
Give it a Smack
The real punch is what you need. Inspired by rare analogue devices the Smack feature creates unique and pleasant harmonic distortion. It makes the audio sound rather dirtier but way more authentic and audible in the mix.
Analogize Your Tracks
The Analogize algorithm is based on a simulation of classic analogue saturation units. Most audio signals benefit from a bit of the analogue warm valve mojo.
CPU-Friendly - Use on Multiple Tracks
Even though the contemporary computers' performance almost reaches the sky there's always need to administer it wisely. FireCobra is a highly optimized unit designed to take the most from your CPU and exploit the newest AVX2 and AVX512 architectures.
Ridiculously Simple to Use
In most cases, all you need is the DRY/WET knob. Increase its value to get more enhancement and vice versa. Always keep in mind that sometimes less is better and if every track in your mix will be too powerful, the mix will become crowded. But that shouldn't stop you from experimenting and tweaking your sound the way you wish.
FireCobra is, quite simply, brilliant. Place it in the Master channel and it opens up your mixes so you can hear every part clearly. It brightens the whole thing and gives a professional "sheen" to a mix in a minute or two that you might otherwise spend hours trying to achieve. Adding it to a single channel is a little hit and miss - sometimes it makes a huge difference, sometimes it doesn't do much at all, depending on the source.
There are basically only 3 control knobs, plus a dry/wet balance, and you get a dozen or so presets. But there is a lot going on under the uber-cool interface. Try a preset or just tweak it from the INIT patch yourself. Either way, you'll get an amazing result almost instantly. There are a couple of selector switches but you only need to use those if you are having problems. I've been using it for a couple of months now and haven't had to bother. You also get input and output gain sliders so you can gain match to the untreated signal, just to make sure it's actually better, not just louder. The three main controls are INTENSIFY, which does most of the magic via some machine intelligence algorithm. The other two are SMACK and ANALOGIZE, which both add extra harmonic content to fatten up the sound. Analogize is a lot more subtle than Smack, so I tend to use it on mixes, where I use Smack a lot more on synths and drum parts.
I find that the better the mix, the less pronounced FireCobra's effect is, which is cool because you can throw it on a problematic mix and it might solve your problems for you. It certainly saves me from spending too long polishing up mixes for our live sets. I just get it close and let FireCobra do it's magic. And sometimes it really does feel like magic.
Yes, it's expensive and, yes, I got it when it was on sale but, honestly, if someone showed it to me and I heard exactly what it's capable of, I think I would be happy to pay full price. It is easily the best plugin I have ever put on my master channel and what it does is absolutely worth what they are charging.Read Review