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spiff is an adaptive transient processor plug-in for Mac OS X and Windows.
spiff was designed to fill in the gap of the sound engineer's toolkit. It has been designed to cut or boost transients with extreme detail. Similar to oeksound's first plug-in, soothe, spiff analyses the incoming signal and applies the processing only on the parts of the signal that contain the transient information. This keeps the rest of the signal intact and free from side effects.
spiff handles transients the same way soothe handles resonances. By reacting only where and when needed, spiff is capable of attenuating or even removing transient information from a sound. Effective on mouth noises, hard consonants, clicks and pops, it can also be used for example to soften the pick attack from a guitar recording while retaining the top end sheen. Engaging the boost mode turns spiff into a powerful transient enhancer. This allows you to bring elements to the front of a mix without increasing the RMS level, or to boost fundamentals from drums without additional boominess.
A lot of attention was put into making the algorithm accurate, versatile, and yet feel intuitive. For spiff oeksound redesigned the user interface to make for a quick and focused user experience. spiff operates perfectly with minimal adjusting, and can be left on a track without the need for constant readjustments to compensate for changes in the audio material. At the same time, the clearly laid out parameters let you dig into the processing if the material requires it.
The OpenGL-accelerated graph lets you see where and when spiff is at work. The EQ-section lets you zone in on frequencies that require more attention. Use the delta toggle and per-band cue to hear just what is being affected. Oversampling and increased resolution are also there, if your CPU has what it takes.
Presenting a new way of controlling transients, spiff opens up an infinite number of possibilities for sound manipulation. Even on more extreme settings, spiff retains the original character of the sound, without introducing any nasty artefacts. Remove all attack from a piano, turn guitar parts into a lapsteel. Make a picked guitar sound fingerpicked. Remove the close mics from a drum recording. spiff is your one-stop solution for transients.
spiff is available for Windows 7 and up as 32/64-bit VST and 64-bit AAX and Mac OS X 10.7 – 10.13 as 32/64-bit VST and AU, and 64-bit AAX, Intel-based Macs.
iLok account required. Online access required for the initial activation of the product and trial. One license allows activation of the product on 2 machines. Licenses are valid for both Windows and Mac OS X platforms.
When I first tried Spiff, I wasn't sure how it worked or what it could be used for. After checking out some YT videos and demoing it, it's become so useful to me that it's a staple in my toolbox. I use it mainly to suppress transient attacks. I like that it's multiband. Other transient designers I've auditioned go too far in muting transients and actually dull the sound. Spiff is pinpoint accurate, zeroing on those pesky blips without affecting the surrounding audio. It's especially helpful when I'm using arpeggiators that has a glitch effect. Some of those glitches can cause audible unwanted clicks, that's when Spiff comes to the rescue. I also use it to smooth out plucks in my ambient tracks. It's a very valuable and transparent tool and definitely a keeper.Read Review