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Pitchometry [read all reviews]
Reviewed By jwise [read all by] on 20th August 2016
Version reviewed: 10 on Windows
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Looking around for a great Pitch Shifting plugin I came across the previous review and it sounded solid and well thought out so I went and downloaded the demo to compare with other plugins I was considering. I was blown away, especially by the multiple voices and great modifiers. I'm using this in Bitwig and at the moment the plugin host only shows parameters as "Ctrl 0, 1, 2, etc" but not the name of the function that's being modified. To get to the presets I have to click on "Show plug-in programs" on the host window in the device chain and then there are only 5 presets - 20 more would be greatly appreciated! The guys at Aegean Music have done a superb job.

As I was writing this I noticed that Aegean have announced a 35% off sale coming up September 1 with special bundle pricing and a new version of Pitchometry coming out!!!! HUGE.

Levels [read all reviews]
Reviewed By jwise [read all by] on 20th August 2016
Version reviewed: 10 on Windows
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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I recently bought Levels after the guys at MasteringTheMix started publishing some detailed videos regarding just what Levels was all about. As I started to understand LUFS, dynamic range, the stereo field, and how bass might be crowding my mix, I could "SEE" how my song was going to be heard by others. While I liked what I heard before I started using Levels, I didn't know how badly I was abusing the compressor and not using the EQ to my advantage. Levels has been a great learning tool for me. I'm certainly not a professional, I'm hardly yet an amateur, but I do love learning how to make music and how to make it better. While we all have pain thresholds regarding how much money we want to spend on our hobbies, crafts, and interests, this valuable tool will find a permanent place on your mastering bus after you realize that it's really a great investment in your knowledge and quality of sound.

Polaris [read all reviews]
Reviewed By jwise [read all by] on 11th June 2016
Version reviewed: 1.4 on Windows.
Last edited by jwise on 12th June 2016.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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After evaluating seeming dozens of Reverb's including the free EMT 140 that came with my Universal Audio Apollo Twin Duo and wishing that the guys at FabFilter had a Reverb offering I settled on Audiority's Polaris to widen the effect I can get from a Reverb. While the EMT 140 is great, working quick with it as a VST is a pain due to the awkwardness of moving between presets. My DAW's built-in Reverb is okay but presets are limited and I need to spend too much time tuning it.

With Polaris I have 30 presets with a few dedicated to Echo and the rest Reverb which allows me to test some pretty dynamic effects without getting lost in hundreds of possibilities, but I have a wide enough range of sound so I can get close to something I want and then start fine tuning. With the cost of Polaris at only $45 it's a great effect to have close at hand for noob like me who is just starting to get a tiny part of their brain around the complexity of creating electronic music. I gave it eight stars because of limited presets and would rate it 10 with the addition of another 20 presets. I really like this plugin.