VU Meters, Beast+Beauty, Buss Compressor, Console EQ, Saturator
This is a stereo pair of standard-compliant VU Meters. While most digital audio workstations feature peak metering, the classic VU Meter seems to be almost forgotten. But, in contrast to a peak meter, it has a much longer integration time and can therefore give information on the average levels and long term dynamics rather than just the short peaks.
This plug-in shapes transients by continuously comparing several envelope followers with different time constants. What’s special about it is, that all envelope followers work in the logarithmic domain, making the process completely independent of input levels. The process works best on percussive signals.
The Buss Compressor is a modern VCA-type compressor, especially tailored for program material. It features a feedback topology with a soft knee depending on the ratio, making the compression smooth and musical.
The Console EQ is inspired by the channel equalizers of classic mixing desks. There are three bands with } 15 dB of gain each. The filters are very smooth and their shapes are highly gain and frequency-dependent, making this EQ very intuitive and musical.
The Saturator increases the perceived loudness, warmth and harmonic content of the audio material by applying a smooth non-linear characteristic. It can be used to maximize or inflate a mix or to simply increase the impact and punch of single tracks.