sonimus – soneq vst [download]

Sonimus SonEq 1.1I’ve been a humble fan of Resound‘s music since the late ’90s, and became an even bigger fan of the weekly tips section of his website. Yesterday he posted an article about Sonimus‘ free EQ plug-in called SonEQ 1.1.

 

The review basically lists the features of the plugin and the reason Ilpo likes them. Personal reviews definitely have my vote, since no producer thinks alike, and often you can pick up some fresh views on how to use synths or effects which won’t come forth in fact-based reviews.

 

Why write a review of something that’s been reviewed a day before? Well I’m the type of guy who likes to read, but when it comes to audio production I want to hear what something can do before I go through the whole download-and-install phase. Also, I’m not really a buff on the technical side of things, so instead of a clean-cut jargon summary of the parameters I wanted to provide a more k.i.s.s. approach. Here goes!

 

The SonEQ plug-in is nice because it doesn’t have thousands of knobs and switches, and the explanation of those few adjustable parameters is quite simple. There’s no graphical view either, which makes sure you’ll focus on the sound in stead of the screen.

As Ilpo said, this machine isn’t for precision work. The focus of this equalizer lies on exciting the overall sound, and it doesn’t really matter what type of sound you use it on. Whether you use it on a channel or on the master, it sounds great everywhere. There is one setting that is pretty precise, because of it’s smoothness: the drive. Usually the drive is being used to push your effect way over the edge, but with the SonEQ it’s a powerful tool to boost your edited sound real nice.

 

The SonEQ 1.1 features the following parameters:

 

-Input/Output gain

-Lowpass filter: 0Hz – 350Hz

-Highpass filter: 2kHz – 22kHz

-Low Boost & Attenute: 0dB – 10dB

-Low Frequency (base frequency for the above features): 20/30/60/100Hz

-Mid Gain: -12dB – 12dB

-Mid Frequency (base frequency for the gain): 150Hz – 4kHz

-Mid High Q (gives it a more filter-like feel): on/off

-High Gain: -12dB – 12dB

-High Frequency (guess!): 6/8/12/15kHz

-Drive (no idea what these values represent): on/off  and 1 – 20

-Woow (makes the outer driven frequencies flutter): on/off

 

I’ve put together an audio sample on which the Low/Mid/High/Drive features are taken from top to bottom, in the following stages:

 

-Clean: the original loop

-Wet: EQ activated in the default stage (no boosts or cuts)

-Low cut/boost

-Low attenuate

-Mid sweeping through the frequency range

-Mid sweeping through the range and cut/boost

-High cut/boost

-Lowpass

-Highpass

-Drive from 1 to 20 and back

-The above settings applied together randomly

 

You can play the clip below or download it.

 

 

You can grab your free copy of SonEQ 1.1 here.

If you’d like to have the original song (an ode to both Anne Peebles and the GZA), you can download it here.