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xoxos releases Caprice Spectral Enhancer for Windows VST

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

xoxos has released Caprice, a VST effect plugin for Windows that will enable you to achieve new creative effects with spectral resynthesis. Caprice includes several discrete processes that transform [Read More]

QuikQuak releases UpStereo Pro Stereo Enhancer Plug-in v2.0 for Mac & Win VST & AU

Friday, May 15th, 2015

QuikQuak has released version 2.0 of the UpStereo Pro stereo enhancer plug-in for Mac OS X and Windows. Changes: Features a new core engine, with better quality and half the latency. Increases [Read More]

Voxengo updates “LF Max Punch” Bass Enhancer Plugin to v1.6

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Voxengo has updated LF Max Punch to v1.6. Changes: Implemented color scheme editor with load and save functions. Added “Brown” and “White” color schemes. Redesigned the infrastructure controls. [Read More]

Voxengo releases Spatifier Mono-To-Stereo Spatial Enhancer Plugin (+updates freeware Sound Delay and Tube Amp plugins)

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Voxengo has announced the release of Spatifier – a “mono to stereo” spatial enhancer plugin for Windows and Mac OS X in AU and VST2 / VST3 plugin formats. This plugin can be effectively used [Read More]

Voxengo updates Warmifier Enhancer Plug-in to v2.1 – incl. VST3 release

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Voxengo has updated Warmifier, a valve warming/harmonic enhancing plugin for Mac OS X and Windows, to v2.1, which includes the release of a VST3 version. Changes: Fixed CPU overload in Sonar [Read More]

123creative.com releases “Pentode audio VBE-1” – vacuum tube analog bass enhancer VST plug-in for Windows

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

123creative.com has released Pentode audio VBE-1, a vacuum tube analog bass enhancer VST effect plug-in for Windows. Features: Analog modeled bass filter (frequency and bandwidth Q knob). Vacuum tube [Read More]

Waves Vitamin Sonic Enhancer

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Read more about Waves Vitamin Sonic Enhancer at MusicRadar.com

Unlike a conventional harmonic enhancer, Waves’ new ‘Sonic Enhancer’ plugin, Vitamin (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX), is built on an effects chain comprising multiband EQ, compressor, saturator and stereo imager, but with a highly simplified interface that combines multiple calibrated processes within each of its controls.

It separates the input signal into five configurable bands, each one centring on a big slider that raises and lowers the amount of saturation, EQ and compression. Bandwidths are set using the display above the sliders, which also shows response curves and gives a coloured spectrum-analyser-style display of the frequencies being added.

“Each band includes a very useful stereo width processor that’s particularly handy for narrowing bass content”

Bands can also be disabled and soloed for fine-tuning, and the solo function actually makes for a very effective filter. Additionally, each band includes a very useful stereo width processor that’s particularly handy for narrowing bass content.

Although Waves isn’t specific about what’s really going on under the hood, it sounds to us like the EQ, saturation and compression levels are controlled by the sliders, while the stereo width of each band is controlled separately.

Vitamin is an additive effect, so it’s essential to avoid overloading the internal sections or the output stage, to which end it includes stereo input as well as output meters, and gain controls. There’s also a Direct control for setting the amount of dry signal mixed in, offering more flexibility than a simple wet/dry mix pot.

Another clever touch is the Master controls for stereo width and band boost, enabling you to move those two parameters up or down for all bands, maintaining their relative offsets. In effect, these function as global ‘amount’ knobs, for increasing or reducing the overall effect once you’ve set your desired balance.

Finally, the global Punch control applies accentuating or smoothing of transients as harmonics are added. It’s a worthy inclusion but, like Vitamin in general, quite a blunt instrument.

Healthy outlook

The simplicity of Vitamin’s controls results in an immediate impact when applied heavily. It’s very satisfying at first but can result in over- compression and loss of clarity if not handled with care – although it looks like a regular exciter, it isn’t really meant to be used like one.

Indeed, while the sounds it makes are quite nice, some producers will still prefer to apply the individual processes offered by Vitamin separately. This confluence of effects probably also explains why boosting with it can sound a little harsh compared to other multiband exciters.

Still, with Vitamin, Waves have taken their knowledge from their producer/engineer- branded Signature Series plugins – which also combine multiple effects in streamlined interfaces – and made a fine fist of applying it to the enhancer/exciter concept.

Just like the Signature Series, it facilitates the quick and easy harnessing of a complex array of processes via straightforward controls to get usable results quickly and easily. In this respect, it’s a success and should appeal to the same target audience of beginners and electronic music producers, for whom speed and simplicity are key.

In short, we don’t expect to see Vitamin finding a home in many professional studios, but it certainly deserves to be on the radar of anyone looking for a very easy-to-use, broadly effective mixing tool at a fair price.

Read more about Waves Vitamin Sonic Enhancer at MusicRadar.com


#KVRDC14 Entry: lkjb ReFine Sonic Enhancer Plug-in for Mac and Win

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

With the download and voting stage of the KVR Developer Challenge 2014 in full swing we’re posting a series of news items highlighting each release. You can download the entries for free and make a do [Read More]

QuikQuak releases UpStereo Pro Stereo Enhancer Plug-in for Mac and Win VST and AU

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

QuikQuak has released UpStereo Pro, a massive commercial update of the popular free UpStereo stereo enhancer plug-in. UpStereo Pro features unique technology for stereo enhancement. Unlike traditional [Read More]

Boz Digital Labs releases “Little Foot” Kick Drum Enhancer for Mac and Win VST, AU and RTAS

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Boz Digital Labs has released Little Foot, a new kick drum enhancer plug-in, with an introductory sale price of $ 25 (marked down from $ 40). Little Foot is a kick drum enhancer that makes it simple to [Read More]