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Sweetone
$ 32.-

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Overview

Sweetone is a simple, yet powerful equalizer which combines both modern and vintage EQ characteristics to faithfully emulate analog equalizer curves. Sweetone’s preamp section is carefully modeled to lend gentle color and warmth to your digital mixes.



Key Features

  • Carefully modeled preamp transformer saturation provides genuine warmth and round high end.
  • Two tone control modes: Normal (based on analog gear) and Sweet.
  • Dual loud control modes: Normal and Sweet (both modes based on real vintage gear).
  • High Pass and Low Pass Filters (6 or 12 dB/oct).
  • Blow mode adds fat low-end warmth to HP cut frequency.
  • CPU optimizations (including zero latency and no group delay) allow for a remarkably high number of Sweetone instances per session.
  • Internal 64-bit floating point double precision.

A little bit of history...

Recently, we were mixing an audio production and found ourselves rushed for time. We longed for a really simple, yet powerful and effective equalizer; an EQ that could produce high quality results easily, just by turning a pair of knobs.

I talked with many colleagues and discovered our shared need for such a tool. Although together we’d tried many products, we concluded that none met our requirements one hundred percent. Equalizers that produced good sonic results were too difficult and time consuming in use. Products that emphasized ease of use, on the other hand, left us desiring higher quality results.

Shortly thereafter, I began research for development of our ideal EQ: trying and analyzing various analog devices, some of which (most of which) were lent to me. Unable to find what I was looking for in a single piece of “gear,” I attempted to combine the best attributes of several units.

Once I’d found an ideal combination of characteristics from various devices, I spent a lot of time deeply analyzing them. Having worked many weeks to get consistent testing results, I began to create a prototype from scratch. Although strict emulation of various EQ characteristics may have been enough, I decided to make some changes that in my opinion marked significant improvements.

The first release of the plugin that would soon be named Sweetone was born. I excitedly put our new tool to the test under “real world” conditions. I mixed a number of projects in order to verify our prototype met my needs for a simple to use, yet powerful and effective EQ. The results were really encouraging. I soon found I could mix entire projects using just Sweetone alone.

Next, I sent the prototype to my colleagues for use in their own professional mixes. Over the course of eight weeks, I received both encouraging comments and valuable critical feedback from qualified professionals, which helped me to further improve our prototype’s sound and functionality.

During one such discussion, a colleague noted, “your plugin has a sweet tone.” “What a great name!" I thought. Initially we called it “Sweet Tone.” But later, in the spirit of the plugin’s focus on simplicity, we shortened the name to one word: “Sweetone.”

Diego Toritto

 

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