Slick GUI, variety of settings, great sound, competitive price. I honestly couldn't have asked for more. Here's a quick review.
- What I like:
All Voxengo plugins have signature GUI which is very convenient and modern-looking, plus it allows me to quickly and easily find and adjust settings on different Voxengo plugins without the need to readapt to another GUI. I consider it a huge advantage over many other developers who simply copy hardware interface with rust and screws and all, without adapting it to "modern world".
Sound-wise it's also great and flexible, nothing to add here.
- What I'd add to this plugin:
Visual representation of tape EQs which are available in this plugin. It can be like a floating window when you scroll between impulse modes, just to get a basic idea of what different modes do (I know it's displayed in the manual, but it would still be a nice addition, I think).
I try to avoid and have working at the same times, 2 Reason senses (Audition and Vision).
But when my Audition is a bit lost, Vision comes in and SPAN Plus is always laying at the back of my session.
It helps me to work faster and get back on tracks quicker.
When my students ask me a good Analyzer I say : SPAN.
Nothing comes close to the Elephant's release settings. That thing can give you punch and loudness at the same time...
Elephant is my goto Final Limiter since... i cannot remember how long. It is on every masters I do. From Carl Craig to Moodymann to ProleteR to.... Everywhere.
This was one of my favorite free guitar amp sims in version 1. I wasn't too crazy about version 2, but Voxengo 3 is an awesome update of the original, excellent for any sound you can imagine in your head, endlessly tweakable on account of the parametric EQ tonestack that replaces the usual preset bass-mid-treble-presence layout. The sound engine is a major quality upgrade to an already great sounding amp sim, and the new dynacab feature, while a little confusing until you RTM, really adds depth to the speaker possibilities, including loading your own IRs.
Here is my video demo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKKMolMmPeM
CurveEQ has beyond exceeded my expectations. I got it through the premium package and I've tried so many of the plugins and they're all really really good, but curveEQ is just next level.
First of all, drawing the EQ line is absolutely genius. So intuitive and easy to modify and work with. Redrawing small sections of the curve is insanely easy and it's just fun to use.
Second, the EQ sounds perfect. I don't use that word lightly. I've tried virtually every combination of plugins and the music always sounds really cool but I end up needing like 3-4 plugins going to get perfect sound, and my Macbook just isn't capable of doing that much processing.
After setting up CurveEQ I found that I just had no need for any other plugins because of how complete the sound is. It balances the bass with the highs perfectly so you never feel like songs are too heavy or too light. I can pick out every drum kick of this Biggie song I'm listening too, and each component has just the right amount of kick and punch to it.