‘Spiff’: Oeksound’s Sole Concept of Effective Audio Transient Controls
By handling transients the same way ‘Soothe’ handles resonances, ‘Spiff’ is capable of attenuating or boosting transient information of sounds with more accuracy and transparency.
Founded in Helsinki, Finland in 2016, Oeksound announced its first product, ‘soothe’ the following year, and ‘soothe’ soon became a huge success in the highly competitive audio plug-in market. Following the success of soothe, ‘spiff’ was designed to fill in the gap of the sound engineer’s toolkit. It has been designed to cut or boost transients with extreme detail. Similar to soothe, spiff analyses the incoming signal and applies the processing only on the parts of the signal that contain the transient information. This keeps the rest of the signal intact and free from side effects.
‘Spiff’ is an adaptive transient processor that cuts or boosts only the frequencies that make up the transient material, keeping the rest of audio signal intact. It was originally designed to attenuate or remove sharp clicks, such as mouth noises on vocal recordings. These clicks could be a byproduct of excessive compression, treble boost, bad microphone choice, or just an unwanted part of the performance. ‘Spiff’ has been carefully tweaked to work well on vocal tracks, as it introduces minimal artifacts leaving the rest of the signal intact. Thanks to this, it turned out to be an equally useful tool on almost any sound source.
The Spiff Engine
‘Spiff’ was designed to process transients in the same way as ‘Soothe’ processes resonances. In this way, ‘Spiff’ is capable of attenuating or even removing audio transient information by reacting only where and when needed.
Controls Not Difficult
There are two modes available in ‘Spiff’ - ‘Cut’ and ‘Boost’. Whichever mode you are using, ‘Spiff’ will analyze the incoming signal and apply the processing only to the frequency areas that make up the transients and will leave the rest of the signal untouched.
The Sound from ‘Spiff’
Under ‘Cut’ mode, ’Spiff' reacts very fast against all the annoying transients and removes them effectively without hurting any essential part of sounds. This was especially proven when I tried to remove the harsh blow sounds from the snare drum played by an inexperienced drummer who cannot controls dynamics yet. Moreover, the sounds turned into more musical, transparent, and balanced without any coloring or exaggeration on the original sounds. The 'Boost' mode not only inverted the sounds but also added somewhat lively energy on the sounds, especially on the attack. This effectively changes the ADSR of a sound giving musical dynamics to the sounds processed. The processed bass guitar through 'Spiff' sounded more dynamic and powerful but it never lost clarity below mid-range frequencies.
In terms of functionality, ‘Spiff’ provides users with incredible accuracy and convenience. On creative side, ‘Spiff’ eagerly suggests you any experimental attempt in your music by toggling delta button and tweaking depth or decay controls to your taste. Whatever the purpose is, ‘Spiff’ will satisfy you with both accuracy and creativity.
With ‘Spiff’ You can do:
- Remove mouth noises and hard consonants from close mic’d vocal sound
- Eliminate clicks and pops
- Soften the pick attack from a guitar recording while retaining the top end sheen
- Bring elements to the front of a mix without increasing the RMS level
- Boost fundamentals from drums without additional boominess
- and more.
*Note that a 20-day, fully-functional trial version for macOS and Windows can be downloaded free: here
Oeksound With a focus on bringing innovative sound mixing and mastering tools for both professionals and enthusiasts, oeksound is a young plug-in company based in Helsinki, Finland. It was founded in 2016 by Olli Erik Keskinen when he released oeksound’s first plug-in, soothe. With so many companies around already chasing the perfect modelling for yet another 1176-emulation, oeksound is here to craft new tools for modern needs.
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