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Been using these for about 6 years and I wanted to express how much I appreciate them.  HarmoniEQ is such an asset to adding color.  In the tradition of the Pultec EQP-1 I often bring frequencies down with the stock Reaper EQ and bring them back up with HarmoniEQ, adding color when I don't even need an EQ adjustment.  It's been especially effortless to change an electric guitar's tone when I feel like, "I wish he'd played a tele here instead of that SG." Even after I picked up Warm Audio WA-412 for overall coloration, HarmoniEQ is still invaluable for shaping coloration so I'm less in need of spending thousands on different analog devices to achieve the specific profile I'm after.

I have some feature suggestions, first would be to add a non-colored EQ for pulling down frequencies so the Pultec trick is fully integrated, and also I think it could benefit from higher oversampling factors since the difference between 4x and 8x is plainly audible to me, would love to see 12x, 16x, 24x, and even 32x since CPU is pretty abundant these days.  Even folks who are light on CPU can adjust the mix at lower oversampling, then set up a render queue with the oversampling cranked, and have the DAW process it slowly overnight while they sleep.

I still use the old version of SPAN because I'm set in my ways, but also those average and peak RMS readings are such great measures to ensure my mixes are the same general volume.

The bass saturation feature in LF Max Punch gets so much use, even on vocals to give them a "closer" feel to them, on overheads and ambient mics to get more room impact on the lows, places I never would have thought to use them.  Brilliant tool!

Elephant is the only remotely pumpy limiter I'll use.  I like my mixes to be highly realistic, which means I can't stand LA1176's, but sometimes a bit of pump sets the right tone without sounding desperate.  Elephant nails that every time.

Here's some pearls for folks who don't appreciate how awesome a phase adjustment tool PHA-979 is.  Any recording that's live or live off the floor with ambient mics, you can use PHA-979 to phase-align direct mics to the ambient mics by adjusting the phase so the lower frequencies combine the most (might actually be nice to have a mono version just for this).  Then put a PHA-979 on an aux bus with L/R set to -90/+90, to generate a side channel.  Mute the ambient mics and send all your direct mics through that side channel bus and feather it up until you can barely notice the widening effect.  Now unmute the ambient mics, and you can't tell where they end and the direct mics begin.  It's the glue between the two without the muddying of early reflection reverb.  I haven't found any other plug-in that accomplishes that nearly as well as PHA-979, and it's not nearly enough anti-phase to ruin the mix when summed mono.

Voxengo plugs do more than just a good job, they really make the job more enjoyable.

AC2SPL


I want to say thank you, I needed an analyzer, universal and Span turned out to be so.  With its display of accurate and true values.
Alex Ermolaev


I love to use Voxengo SPAN nice job guys.It really works great.
AUDIO ENGINEER


Voxengo SPAN deserves the reputation it has, without a doubt.  I've been using it in mastering for years now and has held its place in the studio without contest.  It does everything you need an analyzer to do; its easy to look at and has all the features to tailor the experience to your needs.  And does it get any better than free?  Definitely a must-have in any studio.
Jack Braglia, Mastering Engineer at Vital Mastering


I have been using Voxengo tools in the mastering studio for as long as the studio has operated.  Unique tools that are designed for correcting real world problems at prices that suit wallets.  I am using Elephant, Warmifier and Soniformer here and whilst they are not used for every job they are a very important set of tools in my digital toolbox fitting in where other tools fail to meet the desired results.  The fact that every plug in has a free demo means you can assess the sound qualities in your own studio with your own music.  I always like to check back on the site to see if new innovative products have been developed.  Keep up the good work.
Mastering Engineer Barry Gardner SafeandSound online Mastering



Voxengo Span is one of my favorite Analyzer Plugins for Mixing and Mastering.  Use this VST Plugin to compare your mid and side signals to other Songs.  I would recommend this plugin to every music producer, use this VST to see what you hear.  Thanks Voxengo


I like it very much, editable and looks great.

Very handy to see the waves.

Oh ye, it's free.

Thank you.

LTM


We recommend this free plugin to all user, we highly recommend it.

In the last article from best mixing techniques and Dynamic range

we posted Voxengo Spam like a useful plugin for work in your master channel.

For mastering very useful!



On every session I work on, Voxengo Span is at the end of my chain.  I've created my own template which makes the curve flat for a pink noise.  Since most of today's music approximate a pink noise, that's makes it very relevant.  I also made the sampling time longer, which makes the curve less dynamic.  It seems to be more truthful to how we experience loudness.

I think Voxengo Span is a very simple, yet effective metering plugin.  Since it's free, it's an unbeatable value for the money.

Christopher Dion, Mastering Engineer at Quantum-Music Mastering, Montreal (Canada)


Thanks to this VST, my mixdown has improved, I can cut frequencies now with ease.
Innes Erthser