Voxengo Elephant - User Reviews
As a professional masteringstudio i'm looking all the time for the best limiter.
After comparing the Elephant 3 seriously with all the State-of-the Art-Limiters on the marked i use now the Elephant 3 on nearly all of my masterings.
The El-Uni-Algo ist fantastic;
more punch, less distortion, less side-effects & less harshness than all the "big names"!
To begin, let me say that I love virtual synths but rarely get excited about virtual EQs and Compressors - until I bought something called the Soniformer. This is really one of the coolest dynamic plugins I have ever used and it has pretty much replaced my use of the C-4. The degree to which you can control the dynamics and frequencies of your sound is simply unlike any other plugin. I've also recently acquired the Gliss and Curve EQs (not to mention a few others). Not only do they all sound amazing, but the ability to control their parameters in such a graphic way and visually get feedback as to how much you are affecting the sound is really awesome.
When it comes to dynamic processors, a lot of companies design plugins that are boring and sound dull. One of the things that I love about the Voxengo products (in addition to their great sound) is their ability to harness the vast capabilities that a computer has in processing digital audio. Aleksey seems to understand that since your working with digital audio you can do some really unique things to polish and enhance the sound that you might not be able to do with traditional EQing and Compression, and this is where plugins like Soniformer and Gliss EQ are a breath of fresh air for audio.
As a young, aspiring producer, I've been fortunate to have worked on a wide variety of audio related projects from writing music for indie films (Flying Tiger, StagBunny), voiceovers for EA (Superman Returns), to appearing on some well respected electronic music compilations. I'm also a Pro-Tools Lab Instructor for Advanced Workstations at Full Sail and since discovering the Voxengo products they have made their way into every one of my projects and will continue to do so in the future. Other Audio Instructors in our department use them and I highly recommend them to my students as well. Thanks Aleksey for such great sounding and "ingenuitive" plugins. Sound with a Soul indeed!
The Voxengo guys really have struck the right balance here between controls and automation so that, with very few tweaks and a little foreward planning, results are coming in fast. And they are good results!
I bought Elephant during the final mastering stage of our latest album, to add those few extra dBs for punch and playability, and this little plugin with its intuitive interface did just that, and did it well. The transparancy up to +3dB gain is excellent provided the appropriate limiting algorhithm is pushed into action.
There may be even more accomplished limiters out there. But they probably cost multiples of what this baby retails for. For the money, nothing beats it.
Well I'm certainly glad I found your plug-ins. I found it hard to believe the hype surrounding your Elephant plug-in. Nothing this cheap could really match waves L3. I was wrong. This plug-in has equaled L3 and in many cases, surpassed it. It is now my first choice for mastering and I think it shines on orchestral recordings. Give it a shot; I think you won’t be disappointed.
Pristine Space is awesome
I record and master a lot of different types of projects. I have the algorithmix plug-ins, two UAD 1 cards, just about every plugin you can think of. I just started using the voxengo plugs and "wow", I can't believe how great they sound!!! They do things to your signal that you strive for with expensive high end gear.
Keep on creating.