ManFromGlass wrote:You may have answered my question - I was assuming Soothe would replace dynamic eq and multiband compressors. I suspect it’s the right tool for the right job scenario.
Soothe sounds like it could replace the other 2 but I guess it depends on the track and/or mix and how you hear it in your head.
Am I close?
This is a confusing area bud - maybe because the s’ware developers are being really creative in creating tools that combine what might previously have been separate functions. Very cool.... :-)
Having said that..... to generalise at a basic level, the differences between a multiband compressor and dynamic eq are these....
1. The MB has fixed crossover networks which are always functional, the Dyn EQ does not, it only functions once the signal crosses the threshold and then dynamically. Any resulting phase shift is therefore always present in the MB, but dynamically present in the Dyn EQ.
2. An MB compressor only compresses, an MB expander only expands, a Dyn EQ offers both cut and boost. There are many MB devices now though that offer both expansion and compression, or combinations of upward and downward varieties of either - but this conversation began as a consideration of Dyn EQ vs MB compression.
3. Bands in an MB device instated via crossover networks cannot overlap, Dyn EQ’s can.
There are other differences by type......
So yup, this is horses for courses, often the tools are interchangeable and often the plugs now hybridise - which means you might simply prefer one developer’s take (or pricing structure....:-) and then use just use that across the board.
So what is Soothe? It’s a bit different. It tries to identify resonance buildups and then dynamically apply attenuation to those frequencies - in the hundreds of bands. It looks a bit like an eq or a dynamic device because in v2 it now allows you to control it’s functioning by tailoring it’s response (or detection?) via traditional looking eq tools and includes control over processing envelope (attack and release). It’s a bit ace actually. Recently used it all over a trombone quartet album which we recorded in a beautiful sounding church - but somehow had collected occasionally a bit of mid range buildup. Whoops.
I use ‘em all, but mostly because I’ve been at this a very long time (since way before computers......) so have simply collected them over the years. I like to look at myself as a ‘Plugin Curator’..... :-). I use Soothe though as a shaper.... surgical it ain’t.
Some of this stuff is expensive so my suggestion would be that you have a bit of understanding before you buy.... to that end (and without providing too much) maybe you might have a look at the excellent videos provided by Fabfilter.... in particular have a look at their Pro-MB and Pro-Q3 tutorials here....https://www.fabfilter.com/video/
Maybe also take a squint at the ‘EQ linear phase vs minimum phase’ video as well while you’re on - but that’s another story....