SKnote has released version 2.0 of SoundBrigade, an effect plugin which uses non-linear phase IIR filters.

Version 2.0 comes with two new “Missions” and a native Apple-silicon version for macOS.

In SoundBrigade, a “Brigade” of filters has a “Mission” assigned (an algorithm). They act in reaction to incoming signal, only in the frequency range assigned by the user. The special configuration of the filters and the way they interact make SoundBrigade a new and unique effect.

Included “Missions” are:

  • Tame: A track contains a frequency band which stands up too strong but an EQ isn’t the way to go. The action of the filters tames its level, while being transparent and preserving dynamics.
  • Control: Some tracks may require to get a fuller spectrum, not only by taming peaks but also by “upward” compressing components.
  • Wakeup: To be used on dull tracks, where dynamics are too compressed, or the spectrum is flat. Also interesting for experimenting. High peaks get higher, low valleys get lower.
  • Rotate: No EQ action, no modifications of the spectrum, just phase rotation. The more the filters are focused on a narrow range, the stronger their action. So called “dispersion” (makes “tac” sound “twack”), in a different way. Try it on strong peaks, as a de-esser, on pops and more.
  • Master: Like Tame but filters’ parameters have a strong frequency dependence, suitable for a mix.
  • (New in v2) Dry-out: No thresholds, dries-out tails from the sound in the selected frequency range. Too much reverb somewhere? This could be the right processing.
  • (New in v2) De-snap: No thresholds, tames peaks in the selected frequency range. Some frequencies are too dynamic? Set the parameters and the peaks are reduced.

Priced $39.99 USD, SoundBrigade is available for Windows and Mac in VST, AU and AAX plugin formats.

More information: SKnote