Sonic Studio has released a new audio plug-in called I.C.E. - I.C.E. being an acronym for In Case of Emergency. This Plug-in is the result of a collaboration with Legendary Audio. They tell us that I.C.E. can attack audio problems such as distortion, hot spots, over-modulation, sibilance, resonant bass and guitar frequencies, Overload, embedded digital harshness, clipping, vocal distortion, out-of-control cymbals, a generally unpleasant over-all tone, and other offending audio elements. Sonic Studio says that I.C.E. can even eliminate or diminish distortion in the source vocal or instrument which isn't a function of the recording, but inherent in the source vocal or instrument. In short, I.C.E. removes or reduces distortion inherent in the recording or the source elements.
Here's the details in Sonic Studio's own words...
The I.C.E plug-in incorporates innovative techniques of Veteran Audio engineer Billy Stull of Legendary Audio (creator of the Masterpiece Analog Mastering System in collaboration with the renowned designer Rupert Neve). The plug-in has been designed by the esteemed programming team at Sonic Studio -famous for soundBlade and other hi-end digital products.
I.C.E is a different way of processing audio in the Digital Age. Although primarily designed and used to solve audio problems, it can be used to "sculpt" audio as well.
Distortion, especially of the digital type, is a huge problem in audio today. It is very easy to get a "warm" microphone, a "warm" preamp, plug-in, mixing console, and other software. "Warm" translates to generally "good" distortion (like cholesterol, there is good and bad distortion), but by the time the audio gets to the mixing or mastering stage, it is too warm (too much distortion) and it needs some I.C.E. (I.C.E is cool). I.C.E can counter the distortion and clean it up by reducing or eliminating the distortion AFTER it has already been recorded and processed. This is just one of the important uses of I.C.E. It can be used to attack the aforementioned list of common audio problems.
Problems might include:
- "Bad" distortion
- "Hot spots"
- Over modulation
- Resonant bass frequencies
- Digital harshness
- Intermittent vocal distortion
- Out-of-control cymbals
- A generally unpleasant overall tone
- Other offending audio elements
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