Voxengo has recently released updates for three of its audio plugins for Windows and Mac.
Version 1.10 of the TEOTE automatic spectral balancer plugin implements a “C/S/F” selector, which adjusts envelope follower’s topology.
While the numerical modes adjust timings, this selector specifies structure (or schematic) of the envelope follower that produces a dynamic envelope. The “C” mode is a “classic” topology first introduced in TEOTE 1.0. The “S” mode is a symmetric topology which is similar to the “C” topology, but with some of its boost-cut asymmetries removed. This is now a default mode as it produces a comparably less “muffled” sound; however, this mode may require a lower “Slope” setting since it sounds brighter. Compared to the “C” topology, the “S” topology produces fewer low-frequency overshoots and has a more pronounced mid-frequencies, but it sounds less “vintage”, subjectively. The “F” topology implements a filter-like schematic which works as a low-pass filter, without attack-release switching logic. This topology usually sounds overly snappy an d “in your face”, so adjustments of the “Base Atk” and “FX” parameters may be required; this mode does not require the “Base Rls” parameter.
The update also makes the filters switch off at extreme knob positions, and automation parameters for all previously introduced features were added.
The Spatifier “mono to stereo” spatial enhancer plugin was updated to verion 1.8, adding a “Stereo” parameter which adjusts “stereo width”, a new “Type 2” internal random number generator (PRVHASH 4.3) that produces a smoother sound, and the master output meter’s range was reduced to 6..-48 dB, for better resolution.
furthermore, Voxengo’s mastering limiter plugin Elephant was updated to version 5.0, introducing a new “EL-5” limiter algorithm.
The “EL-5” algorithm introduced in Elephant version 5 takes the best from “EL-4” and classic “AIGC” algorithms. The “EL-5” is not as loud and “hard” as the “EL-4” algorithm, but it is much more precise than “AIGC” algorithms while producing an alike smooth sound. This algorithm better retains dynamical structure of the program material while at the same time adds a unique “sparkling and fresh mojo” to the resulting sound. This algorithm is responsive to the “Timing” and “Rls/Atk Ratio” parameters that can be adjusted to tune the algorithm further.
Other changes in the update:
- Updated the noise generator to the latest PRVHASH 4.3.
- Added the “Panel border” palette modifier.
- Updated all palettes, to reduce “border” contrast. An existing palette may need to be reloaded for the change to be visible.
- Improved overall graphics drawing performance.
- Improved knob’s renderings.
- By frequent user request, the “Solo” switch’s state is now saved together with the preset (a part of the routing parameters). While this opens up a possibility of leaving the “Solo” switch enabled and forgotten, this provides more flexibility, e.g. when mid/side processing is used.