Oeksound's Spiff represents a new take on transient processing, which opens up some intriguing possibilities in mixing and mastering.
I didn't take much persuading to take a look at the second release from Finnish company Oeksound. I'm still a regular user of their first offering Soothe, which is designed to help tame harsh or uneven recordings, and which I summed up in my SOS June 2018 review as "a very clever and powerful mix tool". Spiff is described by its makers as their take on transient control, and offers the user extremely detailed control over the transient content of an audio signal.
There are, of course, plenty of transient processing tools available these days, but even the most sophisticated implementations usually only allow you to process the entire signal or, at best, to divide it into a few broad frequency bands. Oeksound claim, however, that Spiff uses "intelligent processing" to analyse and adapt to the incoming signal and process only the parts that have relevant transient information, allowing them to be boosted or attenuated in a clean fashion that's free of artifacts.
The styling and layout of Spiff are similar to Soothe, and in both cases I would recommend spending a few minutes looking at the manual before getting started. The majority of the action takes place...
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