Audified has announced availability of its ToneSpot Acoustic Pro, the follow-up to their ToneSpot Bass Pro. They say that it is an abundantly powerful plug-in presented as an eye-catching, easy-to-use channel strip, this time tailored to processing stringed acoustic instruments as an aptly-named, Swiss Army knife-style solution, so speedy arrivals at appropriate, professional-sounding results are always assured. Here's more details in their own words...
Technology-driven, modern-day music production can commonly involve a lot of processing in pursuit of outstanding tones, and acoustic instruments are no exception to this unwritten rule — even when striving towards a natural-sounding tone. Why? Well, stringed acoustic instruments frequently find themselves fighting against busy arrangements, where several layers of instruments can clash with one another. Also, recordings can sometimes sound too thin, harsh, or sterile. So a tone that can clearly cut through the mix is what’s needed. That tone needs to be both harmonically rich and fat-sounding, yet retain clarity and tightness. That’s not all, though! The stringed acoustic instrument in question might well end up being heavily processed, but by striving to remain natural- sounding surely lets listeners identify — and identify with — what it is that they are actually hearing. However, this is easier said than done. Delicate and difficult, it’s a balancing act for sure. So this is exactly where ToneSpot Acoustic Pro comes into play.
Products tailored to post-processing of stringed acoustic instruments have been few and far between, rather remaining reliant on studio-savvy engineers’ established workflow, which can involve some seriously convoluted heavy lifting — brilliantly blending several re-amping chains with extensive equalisation, filtering, compression, saturation, or even some multi-band processing — in pursuit of achieving awesome-sounding tones that today’s listeners are accustomed to hearing... until today’s timely arrival of ToneSpot Acoustic Pro, that is!
It’s obvious, therefore, that a simpler solution is what’s needed. Needless to say, ToneSpot Acoustic Pro perfectly encapsulates that very thought, tailored to processing stringed acoustic instruments as an aptly-named, Swiss Army knife-style solution, so speedy arrivals at appropriate, professional-sounding results are always assured. As an abundantly powerful plug-in presented as an eye- catching, easy-to-use channel strip, it effectively does everything experienced engineers are called upon to do, yet achieves that as a CPU-friendly single processor. Put it this way: it is the key ingredient for cooking up some successfully processed stringed acoustic instruments... just add an acoustic guitar, piano, violin, or cello to the musical mix to hear it sizzle with ToneSpot Acoustic Pro!
Perhaps pictures can paint a thousand words. When it comes to ToneSpot Acoustic Pro, though, musically-meaningful controls — Character (Type, Bright, Scoop, Lo-Fi), Saturation (Gain, Boost, Mix), Shaping (Low-cut, Boom 100/150, Body 300/400, Paper 600/700, Wood 800/1k, Strings 2k/4k, Sparkle 10k/12k, High-cut), Punch (Comp Fast/Slow, Make-up, Mix), Surgery (Freq Hi Q, Gain), Smash (Comp Fast/Slow, Make-up, Mix), Effects (Tremolo Sin/Tri/Rect, Modulation Chorus/Flanger/Phaser, Delay Analog/Crystal/Brown, Reverb Room/Plate/Hall — with Decay/Ping Pong, Depth, Intensity, Mix, Sync), and Finalizer (Enhancer, Fat, Tight, Smooth) — are arranged across its impressive, user-friendly GUI (Graphical User Interface), initiating easy access to professional processing-powered tips, tricks, and comprehensive know-how, while also encouraging experimentation.
Thoughtfully, ToneSpot Acoustic Pro’s settings are based on an analysis of world-class records. Realising perfectly processed stringed acoustic instruments is even easier as a result, allowing anyone to get on with writing great-sounding music, which is what it’s all about. After all, great musical ideas definitely deserve a great sound in this day and age. And ToneSpot Acoustic Pro even comes complete with 80 professionally-programmed presets to help savvy songwriters get things musically moving in the right direction without worrying about wasting time trying to process stringed acoustic instruments to fit whatever genre — whether modern or traditional — they are actively involved in.
Pricing and Availability:
ToneSpot Acoustic Pro is available to purchase for a time-limited introductory promo price of $49.00 USD until April 26, 2019 — rising thereafter to $99.00 USD — from Audified’s online shop.
ToneSpot Acoustic Pro can be directly downloaded as an AAX, AU, VST2, VST3, 32- and 64-bit native plug-in for MacOS (10.9 and above) and Windows (7, 8, and 10) — alongside a fully-functional, 30-day demo version — from Audified here. (Note that all Audified’s ToneSpot series plug-ins are serial number-protected, so no iLok is required.)
ToneSpot Acoustic Express — featuring the same processing power as its bigger brother, but with a reduced control count — will soon be available to purchase for a time-limited introductory promo price of $19.00 USD — rising thereafter to $49.00 USD — from Audified’s online shop.
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