Voxengo Impulse Modeler
I’ve been fascinated by the impulse response technique ever since the beginning of the 1990ies and followed the development and improvements that this technique could offer in the reverberation aria ever since. I’ve used Pristine Space Light together with Impulse modeler since Pristine Space Light was first released. My impression is that the quality is outstanding and could compare to software solutions way up in the price list.
Let me give you an example: Lately there have been a release within a very big company (no names given) which combines what they call High definition impulse response together with traditional solutions for reverberation. I took a vocal track (dry) and added some HDIR and modified it to my taste. I spent about 4 hours (mostly because of curiosity) to get it right. This new software is in fact impressive.
Then I designed a room of comparable size with Impulse modeler and imported to pristine space light and applied it on my vocal track. I made adjustments of my taste and noticed that there is absolutely no modification restrictions in PSL compared to the very big company’s newly released product. When I was satisfied with the result, I made an A/B comparison.
Guess what? Pristine Space Light + IM sounded better, warmer and more natural. I tested the comparison on a few of my colleges and their opinion was the same.
It’s fair to give “the big company” credit in that I was not used to their GUI and have used PSL+IM for a while. It could be that I did not use the full capacity of the newly released product from the big company. But then again, it took me about 45 minutes (compared with 4 hours) to beat the big company’s quality reverb convolution. In my opinion, there is not that much to discuss.
This is in no way a scientific correct comparison between software solutions but one thing is without any doubt, the capacity to modulate impulse response is far better in PSL. And – in my view, you get better quality in terms of
1) Natural sounding
2) Realistic sound
Did I mention that the big company’s software costs around three times as much as PSL+IM together? But then again, this is not a fair way to compare software since the big company’s software is not able of modeling your own acoustic room. You are bound to use already made “standard” rooms or other solutions. So it’s fairer to compare PSL (solely) with the big company’s software. Then the big company’s software is about six times as expensive and not really any better.
My hat is of for Aleksey Vaneev.