oek-sound has released soothe, a dynamic resonance suppressor for mid and high frequencies. It's currently available for Mac OS X 10.7 – 10.11 as 32/64-bit VST, AU and AAX. A Windows version is under development.
Originally designed as vocal processor, the plugin aims to give you "the perfect, in control, world class vocal sound you've been striving for, with unmatched ease".
soothe is a dynamic equaliser with self-adjusting frequency bands. Unlike traditional EQ-tools, soothe analyses the signal on the fly and adjusts the frequency-wise reduction based on the input. This saves you from having to manually notch the problematic mid and high frequencies. The reduction kicks in when needed and where needed, without affecting the nearby frequency areas. This results in more detail, top end, and presence.
oek-sound says that soothe excels in fixing a range of problems:
- A vocalist with problematic sibilance recorded with a saturating microphone.
- Fingerboard noises on acoustic guitar and double bass tracks.
- Excessive whistling from the cymbal close mics.
- Overly bright electric guitar and piano tracks.
The graphical user interface allows you to target just the areas you want, with control over the frequency range and sensitivity of the process. The frequency graph shows exactly which frequencies are being processed. Tweak the material for round results that sit well in the mix, or go overboard and find new innovative sounds. The delta toggle presents you with the difference signal, letting you hear and see just what is being removed. This allows you to fine-tune the parameters with confidence.
oek-sound says "We've put several years on R&D to designing a spectral process with minimum amount of artefacts. soothe is free from pre-ring, crossovers, and summing artefacts commonly found in dynamic eqs and multi-band compressors. The process sounds as natural as you like, with the option to add even more resolution and oversampling – if your CPU can handle it."
soothe is available in all major plugin formats for all DAW platforms. Currently only for Mac, with the Windows version under development.
Price: 99€ introductory price until 6th of Nov (Reg. 149€).