Audio Plugins Reviews
This is the Audio Plugins Reviews page on Logic Pro Expert.
Eli Kranzberg reviews Eventide EQuivocate, a brand new powerful and precise paragraphic EQ plugin developed by Eventide. It’s like Logic Pro’s Linear Phase EQ and Match EQ combined, and on steroids!
Blue Cat Audio announced the release of Late Replies, a new creative delay and multi effects plug-in capable of hosting built-in or third party plug-ins anywhere in the signal path. Here’s Eli Krantzberg’s review.
McDSP has come out with a new multi-band dynamics plug-in. The 6034 Ultimate Multi-Band Dynamics Processor takes all of the great sounding modules we love from the 6050 Ultimate Compressor and puts them into a new container with a four band crossover network. Multi-Band compression has never been easier, or more fun!
Exponential Audio offer three fantastic sounding reverb plug-ins. Phoenixverb, R2, and Nimbus. R4 ups the ante with unprecedented features to shape the early reflections and tail portions of the reverb signal independently. It is the culmination of “clean” and “character” reverbs rolled into one easy to use reverb plug-in that does everything you need and didn’t know you needed from reverb. Let’s take a look at what makes R4 unique.
Before you ask, this is a “character” plug-in. Yes, you can generate interesting and complex delays with Logic Pro X’s Delay Designer, Tape Delay, and Stereo Delay. But the new EC 300 Echo Collection plug-in from McDSP has so much character, colour, and vibe; that to me, it’s in a class of its own.
Every once in a while a new plug-in comes out that really does something, well, new! And Eventide Fission is one of them. I have had the great pleasure of being able to give it a spin, and it is fantastic. The only thing that comes even a little bit close to doing what it does within Logic Pro X’s suite of built-in plug-ins is the Enveloper.
And only just barely.
In the following video, Eli Krantzberg takes a look at the new McDSP 6050 Ultimate Channel Strip plugin. The 6050 Ultimate Channel Strip includes all the modules from the 6020 Ultimate EQ and 6030 Ultimate Compressor plug-ins, with new modules including saturation, overdrive, distortion, gate, expansion, and new EQ effects.
2014 is a great year to be a DAW owner. New plugins of all sorts keep coming fast and furious (and so do audio plugin reviews.) Some are hardware emulations, some are hybrids using existing technology to enhance older paradigms, while some are completely new and unique. And the prices are lower than ever. Enter multi platinum producer David Bendeth and Boz Digital Labs; one of the crop of great new up-and-coming plug-in developers. They have just released a new plug-in called +10DB (the DB stands for David Bendeth), a faithful recreation of the rare and sought after Compex Vocal Stressor.
You are probably thinking – do we need yet more emulations of hardware processing at this point? If you aren’t, you probably should be, because it is a perfectly valid question. Steven Slate and Fabrice Gabriel have added new Neve EQ, SSL EQ, 1176 compressor, and VCA compressor emulations to the party with the release of Virtual Mix Rack. The answer of course isn’t a simple yes or no. It depends on what you may already have in your plug-in collection, and what your needs are aesthetically.
There is a new era emerging in the plug-in EQ universe. We’ve all seen and heard the emulations before, and they’re great. But IK Multimedia is breaking new ground with their EQ 73 and EQ 81 T-RackS modules. Based on classic Neve 1073 and Neve 1081 channel strips, IK Multimedia have beautifully and faithfully modelled not only their tonal characteristics, but also the preamp stages of these units. This may not sound like a big deal, but it is.
After having spent many an hour on the Lexicon MPX-1 in my early days, and the luxurious times spent on the 960L after that, I’ve recently had the honor to take an early close look at version 2.0 of Phoenix Verb by Exponential Audio, a company founded by one of the brightest minds in the world of reverb. Here’s my review of Phoenix Verb 2.0 that was released a few days ago.
I’ve never been much into wrapping VST plug-ins in Logic Pro until I heard about Blue Cat’s Patchwork plug-in last week. Patchwork can host up to 64 VST plug-ins (audio effects and virtual instruments) in a single instance, while giving you the options to use these plug-ins in series and in parallel. The latter option caught my eye. Time for a quick review.
Why use compression when you can use distortion?
It’s funny how a non-intuitive interface can make you shun a plugin altogether. For me that was the case with Ohmicide, Ohmforce’s multiband distortion plugin, that’s been around for quite a while now. With the introduction of Fabfilter’s Saturn plugin on March 8th, the concepts of multi band distortion, compression, modulation, and mid/side processing have been put together in a big bad blender with a straightforward interface. How will it all blend? Let’s have a look in this Fabfilter Saturn review.