We're currently living in the age of digital audio. Enhancer is an incredibly powerful tool that is essential to any music producer.

But there are so many different Enhancer plugins in the music production landscape, so we decided to create the ultimate list of the top Enhancer plugins today that will help you find the perfect fit.


MDrumEnhancer

Enhancer by MeldaProduction



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MDrumEnhancer is a unique tool that follows your drum track and synthesizes it's own signal using samples to make it sound big and phat, without any problems drum replacing suffers from. Add snare noises, improve bass drum's boom or snap, or even resynthesize the sound completely.

Modern Alternative to Drum Replacing

MDrumEnhancer doesn't suffer from latency, missed notes or nonexistent notes, incorrect velocities, loss of dynamics and other problems which make drum replacing so hard to use. You simply select a preset or sample, fine-tune a few parameters if needed and let the plugin do the magic.

Get that Big, Phat Drum Sound ... Fast!

Normally, recording engineers spend hours to set the microphones right. 2 or 3 mikes for snare drum just to ensure both the body and snares are captured, similarly for bass drum to get both snap and boom... Then the mixing engineer spends hours trying to make it sound good and in 50% cases he/she ends up with drum replacing. 

MDrumEnhancer makes this process so much simpler. You don't need several tracks for a snare drum, because the plugin can fill what's missing. And unlike drum replacing it is so easy to set up. And unlike equalization & compression it can add what hasn't actually been captured in your recording.

Live Drum Mixing

Mixing live drums is one of the hardest tasks of a mixing engineer, but MDrumEnhancer makes it much easier. It has no latency, so it can indeed be used live. Instead of neverending tweaking of equalizers and compressors trying to get at least mediocre results, you can simply employ MDrumEnhancer, select a preset and you are good to go and the results will be far beyond what you could reach with standard tools.

It Can Blend with Any Material

MDrumEnhancer is quite a straightforward plugin, but has enough controls to let you fine-tune it for any material. You can change pitch of the samples to tune it to your drum track, it has a full dynamic equalizer so you can tweak the spectrum of the enhancement signal, sustain control lets you make the drum hits shorter but also longer than they actually are and even provide cool reverberation.




Features

  • The Most Advanced User Interface on the Market - Stylable, Resizable, GPU Accelerated

  • Modern user interfaces must not only be easy and quick to use, but also versatile and the whole visual appearance should inspire you. MDrumEnhancer features the most advanced GUI engine on the market. It is still the first and only GUI engine, which is freely resizable and stylable. It also lets you choose between knobs, sliders or buttons, whichever you like the most. 
  • The plugin can look as an ancient vintage gear, if you are working on old-school rock music. Or as super-modern futuristic device if you are working on modern electronic music. 
  • If your display doesn't have a high resolution, you can make the plugin smaller. If the fonts are too small, you can make the plugin bigger and save your eyes. 
  • All the graphics is accelerated using your GPU, graphical interface, providing ultimately quick response and keep your CPU focused on the audio.
  • Unique Visualisation Engine with Classic Meters and Time Graphs

  • Your ears should always be the main judge, but a smart metering system can often be a huge help. MDrumEnhancer provides the most advanced metering system out there. The plugin can display the measurements of all relevant values using classic meters, or it can even show them in time using the time graphs. Everything is customisable as usual.
  • 4 Exceptionally Versatile Modulators

  • MDrumEnhancer provides 4 fully-featured modulators which can control any set of parameters including other modulators. Each modulator works as an LFO, level follower, midi/audio triggered ADSR enveloper, randomizer or pitch detector, or even a combination and can listen to the plugin's side-chain. 
  • You can make the sound move in time, be less static and more interesting. You can make various parameters depend on the input (or the sidechain) level or even listen to the input pitch. 
  • Adjustable Oscillator Shape Technology

  • Every oscillator in MDrumEnhancer uses the most versatile oscillator algorithm on the market. It provides mix of predefined oscillator shapes, custom waveforms edited using our MeldaProduction Envelope System (MES), a step-sequencer and several methods for algorithmic postprocessing. 
  • It also provides a harmonic mode, which lets you control the harmonic content instead of oscillator shape. This is especially useful for high frequency oscillators.
  • 4 Multiparameters

  • MDrumEnhancer lets you control multiple parameters using a single so-called multiparameter. This may not only come handy for automation for example, but the multiparameters are very smart units and you can use them to smartly morph between banks of settings for example. All in the name of creativity!
  • M/S, Single Channel, Up to 8 Channels Surround Processing...

  • MDrumEnhancer can handle not only mono and stereo signals, but also mid/side encoding for stereo field processing, separate left & right channels, separate mid or side signal and up to 8 channels of surround audio. It is perfect for audio production for music, movies, games...
  • Automatic Gain Compensation (AGC)

  • Most plugins change loudness of the output audio, which makes browsing presets inconvenient, not mentioning randomization. MDrumEnhancer includes automatic gain compensation, which quickly adapts to current settings and ensures the output sounds as loud as the input. This even protects you from thinking that something sounds better in cases it is just louder.
  • Safety Limiter

  • Some plugins can intensely increase gain when exposed to specific audio materials. MDrumEnhancer provides a safety brickwall limiter, which ensures the output stays below 0dB and prevents your equipment and your ears from potential danger automatically.
  • Adjustable Up-Sampling 1x-16x

  • Digital audio provides very superior audio quality compared to ancient analog gear, but there are problems too. The main problem is the aliasing, which may be noticeable, when using nonlinear processes such as compression or saturation. MDrumEnhancer includes both minimum-phase and high-quality linear-phase upsampling algorithms, which avoids the aliasing.
  • MIDI Controllers with MIDI Learn

  • MDrumEnhancer contains a powerful MIDI processor, which listen to MIDI controllers and MIDI keyboard and control any parameters realtime.
  • Extremely Fast, Optimized for Newest AVX Processors

  • Computers are now extremely fast, but the algorithms are more complex and projects bigger, so we still need to use the processing power with care. MDrumEnhancer uses the fastest algorithms, takes advantage of the newest processor capabilities, lets your GPU hangle the graphics, and shares the resources with other MeldaProduction plugins. The plugin is among the fastest on the market, yet it provides the best possible audio quality.
  • Global Preset Management and Online Preset Exchange

  • MDrumEnhancer presets are carefully stored in a system database and you can quickly access then from any project in any host. The plugin can automatically share your presets and download presets of other users from our servers. We are building a community and you can be a part of it!
  • Supports VST, VST3, AU and AAX Interfaces on Windows & Mac, both 32-bit and 64-bit

  • MDrumEnhancer supports all major hosts on both platforms. Check system requirements for information about compatibility and installation.
  • No Dongle nor Internet Access is Required for Activation

  • How many times did you forget your USB dongle? We are an honest company and expect the same from our customers. Our software uses licence files to activate your software. And the licences are to-person, so you can use it on all your computers as long as you are the user.
  • Free-for-Life Updates

  • When you buy the software you are entitled to free updates, forever. No more money wasted on major upgrades like it is with other companies. And we upgrade our software a lot!

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Windows

  • Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Always use 32-bit plugins in 32-bit hosts, or 64-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts!
 
64-bit plugins can't work in 32-bit hosts even if the operating system is 64-bit. Do NOT use 32-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts. They would have to be bridged and can become slow and unstable.
 
Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X 10.9 and newer (64-bit only)
  • VST / VST3 / AU / AAX compatible host (64-bit only)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support or Apple Silicon processor

Note: Please check your product PDF documentation for more information and installation instructions.

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DW Drum Enhancer

Enhancer by Audified



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The Only Drum Processor You'll Ever Need

The all-in-one drum processing tool designed and tuned by the DW recording engineers. 

DW Drum Enhancer is designed to process the basic drum sounds from A to Z without the need for any other plug-in.

Magical Selector

DW Drum Enhancer is not just one effect. It has got several EQs and compressors inside. By dialing the drum type the plug-in automatically chooses appropriate gate and compressor model and sets the 3-band EQ's frequencies to ideal values. Five types of valve saturation will give your drum tracks the real-life feel. 

4 plug-ins are...

Usually, you would need several plug-ins to gate, compress and EQ your drums as you desire. It's hard to find the right match of the processors, needless to say, you have to care about levels between the plug-ins and other annoying facts like tuning your sound in several windows at the same time.

...less then one

With DW Drum Enhancer, all these troubles are gone. One click sets up your system and the only thing you have to care about is the fine tuning and gentle saturation of your sound. You save your time and insert slots and CPU power.

Presets

The fastest way to get to the desired drum sound is to use the DWDE presets. Those were carefully prepared in DW studios by professionals that specialize in drum recording on daily basis. It would be hard to find someone who's ever recorded more drum hits

Dynamics

The intelligent and tweakable Gate helps to remove the unwanted signal from the recorded material. The compressor type, knee and times depend on the drum type selection. The chance to use parallel compression gives you endless sonic options.   

Equalisation

Don't search for the EQ sweet spots. The DWDE EQ was precisely designed by the DW engineers. The knob's frequencies, Q's and high/low pass behaviour depends on the drum type you dial in the selector section. Pre and Post function is a natural thing. 

Saturation

Five types of true valve saturation add the drum sounds colour, warmth and special character. The section is based on Audified precise circuit modeling technology.

  • P - Presence – a higher amount of signal on mid-high frequencies allows better cutting through the mix.
  • V - Vintage – has smoother highs and more even harmonics.
  • B - Brown – has an almost flat response with only light high frequencies rolling off and nice higher harmonics punch.
  • W - White – has a higher amount of signal on higher frequencies and a balanced ratio between the even and odd harmonics.
  • L - LoFi – contains less low and high frequencies. We make our plug-ins as real as possible with all the natural analog feeling and side effects.

Download the fully working 30 days trial version.




Features

  • Created in cooperation with DW engineers
  • Presets tuned by DW recording artists
  • Tube simulation
  • Complete drum chain
  • Time saver

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Mac OS X:

  • OS X 10.9 - Mac OS X 10.13

Plugin Formats for Mac:

  • AAX for Pro Tools (32/64-Bit) 
  • Audio Units - AU (32/64-Bit)
  • VST2 (32/64-Bit)
  • VST3 (32/64-Bit)

PC:

  • Windows 7 - Windows 10

Plugin Formats for PC:

  • AAX for Pro Tools (32/64-Bit) 
  • VST2 (32/64-Bit)
  • VST3 (32/64-Bit)

Please Note: U78 Saturator is iLok protected - the USB hardware key is not necessary. Only a FREE iLok Account/License Manager is required, which is available at iLok.com.

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Sasquatch Kick Machine (inc Free copy of Little Foot)

Enhancer by Boz Digital Labs



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A copy of Little Foot is included FREE with your purchase of Sasquatch

Sasquatch Kick Machine gives you complete control over the sound of your kick drums. Whether you need to subtly add a little oomph or completely redesign the sound of your kick drum, Sasquatch makes it simple to get the exact sound you need.

Benefits at a glance:

  • Augment or completely mutilate your kick drum.
  • Separate control over Beater Click and Oomph.
  • Simple 3 knob interface for quick drag and drop functionality.
  • Advanced controls for fine tuning the Beater Click and Oomph.

Sasquatch Kick Machine is designed to give you complete control over the sound of your kick drum. Whether you need to subtly add a little oomph or completely redesign the sound of your kick drum, Sasquatch makes it simple to get the exact sound you need. It also lets you adjust the beater click and body separately, making your creativity the only limitation.

Because of its advanced triggering algorithm, you will never have to worry about mistriggers or false triggers with Sasquatch. There is no need to fiddle around with transient sensitivity or hysteresis that samplers require. Whether you are playing quarter notes or 1/64th notes, Sasquatch will process your kick drum naturally (or unnaturally, whatever you want).

Sasquatch is not a sample replacement plugin. There is no library of samples that Sasquatch is playing. All the processing is performed by analyzing the incoming audio and applying filtering and synthesis to compliment your already existing kick drum.

Little Foot

Little Foot is the beast child of Sasquatch Kick Machine. It is super lean and simple to use. It lets you get deep kick drums without any fuss. While it doesn’t have all the features that Sasquatch Kick Machine has, it has plenty of control to get deep thump out of any kick drum.

Benefits at a glance:

  • Super simple layout
  • Add Oomph to your kick drum in seconds
  • Easily go from simple natural enhancement to over the top sustain

We’ve all had the experience of mixing a kick drum that just didn’t have quite the oomph it needed. You can try EQing it, but that just seems to make it flabby and loose. Sometimes you need a little extra beef that you just can’t extract out of the kick drum itself. You can replace it with samples, but sometimes that alters the sound too much.

Little Foot lets you add anything from subtle to extreme low end to your kick drum without compromising the original sound. It does this by triggering a low frequency sine wave that plays along with your original kick drum. You can control how deep and how hard this sine wave triggers, and how long it sustains. You can even “tune” your kick drum to match the key of the song.

With Little Foot, we focused on an interface that lets you dial in your sound as quickly as possible without having to worry about a pile of other features. If a million features is what you want, Sasquatch will probably be your answer.



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  • Win: VST 32/64, RTAS, AAX Native
  • Mac: VST 32/64, AU 32/64, RTAS, AAX Native

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Spectre

Enhancer by Wavesfactory



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Colour Your Sound

Spectre is a sound-shaping tool that combines the best features of an enhancer coupled with a graphical parametric EQ.

Spectre processes the difference between the input signal and the EQ signal, introducing harmonic content to just the part of the spectrum that you want from a variety of saturation algorithms based on classic recording hardware.

Spectre can be used on individual tracks, sub-mixes, the entire mix and is ideal for mastering.

Multi-Band Enhancer

Spectre does not work like a conventional EQ. Spectre introduces harmonic content that was not in the original recording, bringing colour and life to the sound, not possible with a conventional EQ. This ability to offer almost phantom content across the audio spectrum led us to the name Spectre.

Spectre processes the incoming audio with a five-band parallel EQ: it extracts the difference between this signal and the dry input and processes it through one of the ten saturation algorithms included. It then it mixes it back with the dry input. The result is a signal full with character, colour, with bigger and warmer low frequencies, shiny shimmering highs and powerful mids.

It can bring dull recordings back to life, it can make a bass track more suitable for small speakers and it can even work as a high-end stereo widener thanks to the mid/side matrix.

Spectre lets you sculpt the sound of your tracks with an easy and familiar EQ workflow.

10 Saturation Algorithms

Spectre is more versatile than a simple enhancer as you can choose from ten different saturation algorithms to get different colours per band. It can go from the warmth of the valve to a harsh digital clipper, from creamy tape saturation to a chip bit crusher.

  • Tube
  • Warm Tube
  • Solid
  • Tape
  • Diode
  • Class B
  • Bit
  • Digital
  • Rectify
  • Half Rectify

You’ll find an additional mode which can be really useful: Clean. This mode doesn’t saturate the difference signal, converting Spectre into a parallel EQ where the results feel extremely natural, almost like if there were no process at all. It takes away the harshness of traditional EQ plug-ins and brings in the sweetness of parallel processors.

Elevate Your Sound

Optional 4x and 16x oversampling modes offer pristine audio quality with no aliasing even with aggressive settings.

With 3 saturation modes: subtle, medium and aggressive you have a quick way of warming up your tracks. Adjust the amount of harmonics with the input and output volume parameters for a more precise gain control.

The de-Emphasis mode compensates the EQ boosts after the distortion state. In practice, this means that the EQ boosting effect will be reduced or removed altogether, depending on the distortion style and how hard you’re driving it. You can add harmonics to parts of the spectrum without changing the level of existing content.

Spectre can process per band:

  • Mono and Stereo signals
  • Left or Right channels only
  • Mid / Side channels only

When we say it’s the ultimate enhancer, they really mean it.



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Mac OSX

  • 10.7 or higher (64-bit only)
  • DAW capable of hosting VST or AU, or Pro Tools
  • Intel processor

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10 (64-bit only)
  • DAW capable of hosting VST plug-ins, or Pro Tools. 

Important note: this software is 64-bit only and will not function on 32-bit systems.

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Sasquatch 2

Enhancer by Boz Digital Labs



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Sasquatch 2 is a CPU-friendly kick drum enhancement plug-in that enables you to custom-tailor the sound of any kick drum, acoustic or electronic, with exhaustive creative possibilities, ranging from subtle to extreme and beyond.

Sasquatch 2 is a dedicated kick drum processing plug-in (though that’s not all it can do), that enables you to craft your kick drum sound in accordance with your production needs in any musical genre. Whether it’s subtle enhancement, massive room-shaking thump, or electronic musical mutation, Sasquatch 2 makes it easy to get the results you want; no option overload, no hours wasted scrolling through Gigs of samples, and no arcane features you’ll never touch. Low end is the crucial part of a modern mix and the most difficult to get under control. If you’ve been struggling to craft a powerful, punchy low end, Sasquatch 2 can give you all that and more in a single, easy-to-use, and affordable plug-in.

Sasquatch 2 - Nature of The Beast

  • Craft your kick drum from subtle enhancement to downright musical mutation
  • CPU-friendly with straightforward, easy-to-use graphic interface
  • Individually tweak and blend “Oomph” (body), “Click” (attack) and “Dry” sound
  • Easily create and customize “drops”
  • Fine-tuning controls offer a unique set of creative tools for Oomph, Click, and Dry parameters
  • Instantaneous triggering; no phase or flam issues
  • Selectable trigger modes
  • High-pass and low-pass filters with selectable sidechain modes
  • A/B comparison plus four levels of “lock” mode lets you experiment and return to original settings
  • Icon-based interface for easy visual identification



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Available Formats

  • Win: VST 32/64, RTAS, AAX Native
  • Mac: VST 32/64, AU 32/64, RTAS, AAX Native

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MBassador

Enhancer by MeldaProduction



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Modern mixes crave a distinctive tight bass spectrum. MBassador enhances your existing bass content and produces subbass spectrum as well. Pristine musical results within a few clicks.

Make your Bass Audible on Low-End Speakers

Not many people have the access to the studio equipment we use when mixing. That's especially true when it comes to reproducing bass and subbass spectrum. The first module in MBassador lets you post-process the bass content so that it is stable and tight and contains higher harmonics, so that it is audible even when played on a cheap pair of headphones so many listeners use these days.

Create Deep Sub-Bass so People can Feel the Music

There's nothing worse than playing your mix on a huge stage with subwoofers just to find out that it's just not powerful and deep at all - because there's no sub-bass content. The problem is, it's almost impossible to actually record sub-bass, because not only it rarely exists in nature, most microphones are just unable to record it. But MBassador can generate it from your existing bass, in a tight precise and musical way.




Features

  • The most advanced user interface on the market - stylable, resizable, GPU accelerated
  • Unique visualisation engine with classic meters and time graphs
  • 4 exceptionally versatile modulators
  • 4 multiparameters
  • M/S, single channel, up to 8 channels surround processing...
  • Automatic gain compensation (AGC)
  • Safety limiter
  • Adjustable up-sampling 1x-16x
  • MIDI controllers with MIDI learn
  • 64-bit processing and an unlimited sampling rate
  • Extremely fast, optimized for newest AVX capable processors
  • Global preset management and online preset exchange
  • Supports VST, VST3, AU and AAX interfaces on Windows & Mac, both 32-bit and 64-bit
  • No dongle nor internet access is required for activation

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Windows

  • Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Always use 32-bit plugins in 32-bit hosts, or 64-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts!
 
64-bit plugins can't work in 32-bit hosts even if the operating system is 64-bit. Do NOT use 32-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts. They would have to be bridged and can become slow and unstable.
 
Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X 10.9 and newer (64-bit only)
  • VST / VST3 / AU / AAX compatible host (64-bit only)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support or Apple Silicon processor

Note: Please check your product PDF documentation for more information and installation instructions.

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SubBass Doctor 808

Enhancer by United Plugins



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Treating the lowest frequencies is not an easy task. And in some listening environments, it is almost impossible. If you mix while travelling or your mixing room or your system is not 110% perfect, you should see the doctor. Namely SubBass Doctor 808.

Your Subs Can Be Harmful

Of course, you want the pumping subs that shake the body. But without the right treatment, they can get out of control. Although they are inaudible in some environments, wrongly mixed low frequencies can even destroy big PA systems.

Who Needs the Doctor 808

You may want to mix while travelling, you may be producing in a home studio. Your monitors do not deliver the lowest frequencies right or your room is perhaps not 100% acoustically treated. In all these cases you should search for the Doctor.

Get Your Cure

SubBass Doctor 808 is a safety net for all mentioned above. It filters the harmful frequencies and guards the lowest basses not to exceed the healthy limit.

Extra Sub

As SubBass Doctor 808 steals something from the low end, it compensates the loss in healthy sub frequencies ensuring you don't lose even a little bit of the sub-bass power.

Saturate

To accentuate the low frequencies and to add extra warmth SubBass Doctor 808 adds pleasant parallel saturation. This helps the sub-bass to set off and astonish the audience.

808, 5-String and Double Bass

As the name suggests SubBass Doctor 808 is mainly designed for synth bass and drums. But it is essential when mixing other instruments that reach really low - such as low-B five-string bass or double bass.

Hassle-Free Software Protection

No iLok, no dongle nor internet access is required for activation. This software uses licence files to activate your software. You can freely use the purchased software on all your computers as long as you are the user.

Realistic 3D Yet Flexible GUI

Photorealistic graphic user interface of the plugin gives you the feeling you are touching the real hardware. But it easily adapts to your needs. You can always drag the arrow in the bottom right corner to change its size - make it smaller to save the valuable screen space, or enlarge it to make it easier to use.

64-bit Audio Quality at ANY Sampling Rate

The plugin provides the maximum audio quality you can get. It uses internal 64-bit audio processing and can handle any sampling rate. 192 kHz or even higher.

Smart Bypass

The intelligent way this plugin manage bypassing ensures that you don't get any click or harmful noises when automating the parameter.



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Mac

  • macOS 10.10 and later (M1 Silicon Mac and macOS 11 Big Sur supported)
  • 64bit only
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support
  • VST2, VST3, AAX or AU compatible host

Windows

  • Windows 8 - 10
  • 32bit or 64bit
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support
  • VST2, VST3 or AAX compatible host

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Type A

Enhancer by AudioThing



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Vintage Enhancer

Type A is a plugin inspired by the famous Dolby® A Trick technique. The original unit was designed to be a noise reduction system for tape recording (encode stage) and playback (decode stage).

Type A emulates the encode stage, which was often misused as an enhancer, dynamically increasing the top end of a signal without introducing artefacts or altering the harmonic content. The results are similar to a dynamic EQ which adds presence and air to any track in a natural way.

Additional Features

You can show/hide the drop-down panel by clicking on the arrow icon in the bottom left corner of the interface.

You’ll get access to:

  • Volume for each band
  • Compressor Attack and Release
  • Noise volume
  • VU-Meter source selector

How Does it Work?

To limit the amount of noise generated by tape recording, early noise reduction systems used what’s called a multi-band compander (compressor/expander). The unit dynamically emphasises the high frequencies during the encoding stage (recording to tape), so that during the decoding stage (playback from tape) the signal is attenuated, along with the typical tape noise. Type A emulates the encode stage only.

The input signal is split into 4 bands (with the highest bands overlapping), dynamically compressed and then summed back with the dry signal. The amount of compression on each band is inversely proportional to the volume of the band. Quieter sounds get brighter while louder sounds remain almost unchanged.

This adds brightness and air without generating any new harmonic content or distortion, resulting in a more pleasant and natural enhancer compared to a typical exciter.

Noise Reduction or Enhancer?

Introduced in 1966 with the Dolby A301 first, and then in 1970 with the Dolby 361 (with the CAT 22 card, in photos), the A-Type noise reduction was quickly misused and modded by engineers to enhance their recordings by using the encoding stage only. The most common mod consists of disabling the two lower bands so that only the high-frequency portion of the signal is compressed, giving even more air to vocals. This technique was labelled with many names like the Vocal Trick, Stretch Mod, Vocal Stressor, and even the “John Lennon mod”.




Features

  • Vintage Enhancer
  • Multi-band Compressor with 4 Bands
  • Adjustable Unit Noise
  • Oversample up to 16x
  • Resizable Window
  • Preset system with randomizer
  • Light and Dark UI mode

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Windows

  • Windows 7, 8, 10
  • 2GHz CPU, 4 GB RAM
  • VST2, VST3, or AAX (64-bit only)

Mac

  • OS X 10.9 - macOS 11 Big Sur (Universal 2 Binary)
  • 2GHz CPU, 4 GB RAM
  • VST2, VST3, AU, or AAX (64-bit only)

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Little Foot

Enhancer by Boz Digital Labs



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Little Foot is the beast child of Sasquatch Kick Machine. It is super lean and simple to use. It lets you get deep kick drums without any fuss. While it doesn’t have all the features that Sasquatch Kick Machine has, it has plenty of control to get deep thump out of any kick drum.

Benefits at a glance:

  • Super simple layout
  • Add Oomph to your kick drum in seconds
  • Easily go from simple natural enhancement to over the top sustain

We’ve all had the experience of mixing a kick drum that just didn’t have quite the oomph it needed. You can try EQing it, but that just seems to make it flabby and loose. Sometimes you need a little extra beef that you just can’t extract out of the kick drum itself. You can replace it with samples, but sometimes that alters the sound too much.

Little Foot lets you add anything from subtle to extreme low end to your kick drum without compromising the original sound. It does this by triggering a low frequency sine wave that plays along with your original kick drum. You can control how deep and how hard this sine wave triggers, and how long it sustains. You can even “tune” your kick drum to match the key of the song.

With Little Foot, we focused on an interface that lets you dial in your sound as quickly as possible without having to worry about a pile of other features. If a million features is what you want, Sasquatch will probably be your answer.



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  • Win (32 and 64 bit): VST, VST3, RTAS, AAX Native
  • Mac (32 and 64 bit): VST, VST3, RTAS, AU, AAX Native

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Kick Tweak

Enhancer by Singomakers



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Enhance Your Kicks!

Singomakers Kick Tweak has been carefully designed to boost the weight & presence of your kick drums. Kicks are the heartbeat of modern music and getting them right within your tracks is essential. Kick Tweak has the ability to ensure kicks thump whilst cutting through the mix with little processing. 

With a selection of 10 expertly crafted presets Kick Tweak is quick and easy to achieve punchy and precise results. Get the kick sound you have always wanted. 

Already championed by A-list producers including Chris Lake, Dada Life, Dannic, Jordy Dazz, Shapov, Joachim Garraud, D.O.D, Thomas Gold and more.

Kick Tweak is a fine and affordable addition to your plugin collection.




Features

  • Effect (controls several parameters at the same time, in different presets and different effects from Compressor, saturation, distortion, EQ and more)
  • Detector (the threshold for signal detection, in presets 7-10 only)
  • Drive (controls different types of distortion and amount of distortion in presets 7-10 only)

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Mac

  • OS X 10.6 and later
  • Audio Units (AU), VST

Windows

  • Windows 7 and later
  • VST

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Sub Generator

Enhancer by denise



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Feel It In The Bottom

Shape your sub frequencies to create a perfect low end. Tune the low end of your drums recordings. Re-design the low end of your sound effects and instruments.

The Sub Generator from denise is a great way to quickly dial in low frequencies to tracks in your mix, using the simple-to-use GUI and controls. Inspired by the same enveloping filter concept as the Noize 2 plugin, the plugin allows you a great level of control over this tricky frequency range in the mix.

With the denise Sub Generator, you can quickly dial in a sub that compliments the tone and frequency of its source signal, and this can be applied to any sound or signal in your DAW. By fine-tuning the frequency or note, you can easily tune your drums by adding extra sub to your tracks or even replacing it. The plugin can make your basslines deeper, make-up for distant microphone recordings for drums or vocals, and can even be used as a stand-alone sub. Add weight to and really feel your bottom end.




Features

  • Fine-tune your frequency or note on the fly using the graph.
  • Use it in adaptive mode to make it respond dynamically to the music.
  • Cut existing sub information to replace it with a tighter low end.
  • Use the rise and fall controls to adjust the attack and release of your subs.
  • Resizable and with a side-chain control.

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Mac:

  • OSX 10.7 to macOS 10.15 (64-bit only)
  • VST, VST3, AU, AAX

​Windows: 

  • Windows 7 or newer (64-bit only)
  • VST, VST3, AAX

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Modular Add-On: Intellijel µFold II

Enhancer by Softube



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This product is an expansion for Softube Modular. If you do not currently own Modular, you can purchase it HERE.

Add subtle extra harmonics, or dive headfirst into total folded madness! Intellijel µFold II is a wavefolder which shapes the timbre of an oscillator or any other audio signal you feed it. µFold II is an add-on module for use with Modular. 

The Intellijel µFold II lets you manipulate the harmonic spectrum, going from just adding a few extra harmonics to total folded madness. It lets you create a vast range of timbres, but is still easy to use and well thought out.

The original hardware was created by Intellijel in close collaboration with David Dixon. The designers looked very closely at how some of the most loved timbre shaping circuits worked in classic synth modules; not just in how they were implemented electronically but how they sounded and how efficient they were to get great sounds.




Features

  • Fold control with a CV input and dedicated attenuator
  • Thru-zero symmetry control with a bipolar CV input and dedicated attenuator
  • Stages switch to select 2, 4 or 6 stages of folding
  • Requires Modular 

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  • Mac OS X 10.13 or newer (older OS versions will not work) (64-bit only).
  • Windows 10 64-bit (older Windows versions may work but are not tested) (64-bit only).
  • Mac: Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon - M1 support pending.
  • Windows: Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon / AMD Quad-Core or newer.
  • Screen resolution 1280x800 or larger.
  • Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.
  • 8 GB RAM or more is recommended, as well as at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation (individual plug-ins take less space, while sample libraries may require additional disk space).
  • A Softube account is required to register and install the software.
  • An iLok account is required for authorisation of the software.
  • Internet access for downloading installer and managing licenses.
  • iLok generation 2 and up, if you intend to use a physical iLok dongle for authorizing your plug-ins (note that an iLok dongle is not a requirement).
  • In theory, any 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, or AAX (11.0.2 or higher) compatible host application should work.
  • The most recent maintenance release of the DAW application is recommended.

However, due to plug-in host differences between DAWs - and Softube's own rigorous testing standards - Softube only officially test their plug-ins and instruments in the most recent versions of Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, Studio One, Digital Performer, Reaper and Sonar. Softube plugins are not tested in the non-listed systems, but they most likely work as long as the system requirements are met.

  • Softube Modular is required to run this software.
  • Make sure that you always use the latest iLok License Manager. It is not included in the Softube installer but can be downloaded from www.ilok.com​

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Punchy Worm

Enhancer by W.A. Production



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Wiggle Your Waveform

At W.A. Production they're serious about music and over the last few years, they've created many top-quality plugins with finely tuned controls and pro studio features. But sometimes they just like to go a bit crazy...

Presenting “Punchy Worm”, the only one-knob punch powerhouse featuring a dancing worm! This little dude can keep your beats bouncing and synths saturated as long as you keep feeding him audio apples. He’ll head-bang along with your track whilst shaping transients and adding harmonics. Why did they add a wobbly worm to their latest plugin?... They can’t really answer that with a straight face, but in these serious times, why not?!

Easy Controls

With just a couple of simple controls, Punchy Worm keeps you concentrated on the most important thing about your music... the sound. Simply drag the dials to operate and double click to reset them to default. Trust your ears to tell you what sounds good and let the dancing worm take the strain.

Punch & Saturation

Depending on if you set the main dial to the left or right of centre, you’ll hear punch or saturation, combined with smooth and responsive upward and downward compression. With more subtle settings you’ll hear more presence and power. Pushed harder will result in more brutal transient shaping and saturated harmonics.  

In / Out / Bypass

Use the Input control to drive more signal into that rosy red apple, increasing the amount of the effect and resulting in more aggressive processing (and a more frantic freakout from the bewigged worm). The Output dial can be used to volume match the original signal so you can hear exactly what effect the plugin is having on the audio, without artificially increasing the loudness. Click the “Punchy Worm” logo to bypass the plugin for easy A/B comparison.

Oversampling

The leaf at the top of the interface acts as a toggle, which can be set to x1, x2 or x4 interval oversampling. Careful use of this control will reduce unwanted noise from digital aliasing. 

W. A. Production are real-life producers making creative plugins to help you achieve studio quality processing quickly and easily. Enjoy!




Features

  • Dancing worm!
  • One-knob punch and saturation processing.
  • In / Out controls for accurate A/Bing.
  • Bypass toggle.
  • Up to x4 oversampling to reduce aliasing noise.
  • Full PDF Manual & Tutorial video.

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  • Windows 8 or higher (32 / 64-bit)
  • macOS 10.15 and later (64-bit only) (M1 Apple Silicon Supported)
  • AAX - ProTools 11 or higher

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LUXE

Enhancer by Klevgrand



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Audio Enhancer

Suit up your mix with this elegant compressor/saturator/enhancer/enchanter

LUXE is an effect plugin that compresses and saturates an audio signal in a quite subtle but musical way. It is very useful for making a track "fit in the mix", and can be used with very good results on a drum bus, a vocal track, or anything in between.

LUXE is very easy to use – simply choose between the LUXE or FINESSE algorithms, and set the desired processing level. Don't be fooled by the modest control possibilities - under the hood is a very sophisticated set of parameters that will treat your incoming audio with great care, musicality, and warmth.

The slider sets the amount of the effect. Under the hood, this parameter controls a set of internal (non-visible) parameters which makes LUXE an easy tool to use for quick results. The OUT knob sets the output volume and ranges from silence to +6 dB.

The alternate FINESSE algorithm offers a slightly different frequency response, and also adds some edge to the internal saturation module.

Anatomy

1. Good mood / God mode - Choose between the LUXE or FINESSE algorithm. Both are very nice.

2. Watch it squeeze - Indicator that shows the amount of LUXE treatment that is given to your audio signal.

3. More or less - How much goodness do you need?

4. Tune in, trim out - Output level. Not Input level. Not Putin level.




Features

  • Super-simple interface that lets you focus on more important stuff than knobs
  • Two carefully developed algorithms that cover a wide array of uses
  • Output for controlling the signal
  • Low CPU footprint

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  • macOS 10.10 or later (optimized for the M1-processor)
  • Windows 7 SP1 or later
  • AU, VST-2, VST-3, AAX

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