HAL has announced the release of a new audio plugin designed to transform dull voice-over or ADR studio takes into lively on-set recordings. In the context of mixing or editing dialog, it dynamically changes the color and perceived position of the voice.

Boom-it allows you to recreate the actor’s natural movements and change their body rotation, head tilt and distance to the microphone, by naturally grabbing and moving the 3D character at the center of the interface.

Not only can you transform a studio mic into a set mic, but also virtually tilt the microphone and, with the liveliness feature, bring the little variations that make a set recording really come to life.

Boom-it is particularly useful to recreate the character’s original vocal performance by matching their on-screen movements, so their voice sounds just as it would if it had been recorded by a boom operator on set.

To create this plug-in, the HAL team recorded hundreds of impulse responses in a world-class anechoic chamber in Paris. Using a HATS (Head and Torso Simulator) and dozens of studio and set microphones, they covered all possible configurations of angle, position and distance between the sound source and the mic.

Boom-it features

  • Easy to use: Move the 3D character to change the perceived head tilt and angle of your voice recording.
  • The « Distance » slider allows you to place the microphone at the desired distance from the sound source.
  • The « Studio Mic » module is designed to cancel out the effect of the original microphone, to end up with a flat response recording.
  • Use the « Set Mic » module to choose the mic you want to emulate, from famous shotgun mics to standard lavaliers.

Boom-it for Windows and macOS (VST3, AU and AAX) is available for an introductory price of $99 / 99 EUR until December 9th, 2022 (regular 149 USD/EUR). A free trial version is available.

More information: HAL