Soundgoodizer review: sonus bonus inmortalibus
If you’ve ever thought about getting your incredibly amateur self onto an obscure label, you know that it’s imperceptive that your mixdown is pristine. Mixers are flexible and robust, but they sometimes feel like an overwhelming cluster of technical audio-scientific definitions. “What’s this Hertz thing? Is it in Ableton too?” you ask yourself, fiddling through your Vengeance sound packs, eyes bloodshot with sleep deprivation. As your hands tremble from enough caffeine to kill several adult cats, you stare at your new electronic crunkcore song in agony; The sounds are all there. You’ve perfectly created an array of deafeningly loud vocoded screams, as well as a selection of crunchy-fine basslines, but you still are missing the mastering that will make your track stand out to Murder Me Records. As the ancient proverb goes, there is an easier way. Image-Line, creators of the Pepper Fruit Software Library, has developed an advanced algorithmic processing tool to dynamically saturate and compress your song with impressive results.
what does it do?
Soundgoodizer, surprisingly, is not meant for the improvement of a single sound. Rather, it is meant to be dropped on your master channel, so it might enhance all sounds at once. This is an incredibly useful feature, as it eliminates the trouble of assigning unique attributes to every Soundgoodizer instance. It delivers a sublime and minimal interface which is easily read by advance and novice users alike, with one large main input laid out attractively in the center window. Soundgoodizer runs its process dependent on four highly customizable and user-defined functions: A, B, C, and D. A provides for a brassy and bold texture, where as B focuses on the highs and lows. C is like A with a bit of B and D, and D is extremely similar to C.
How do i use it?
While I’m in the studio, I never start my project without Soundgoodizer on the master channel. Usually, I’ll drop a total of four instances of the plugin – one for each letter. Soundgoodizer, as mentioned before, also contains one large knob in the middle of the layout. I have traversed the Image-Line forums in search of an explanation for this control, as Soundgoodizer only works when the central knob is at 100%. In frankness, Soundgoodizer is my go-to plugin whenever something doesn’t sound right in my mix. I could spend time equalizing and compressing, but the invention of computers has allowed technology to advance to the point where manual fiddling is as useless as it is a waste of time that could be better spent creating album art, or scrolling through miles and miles of technology posts titled “Why the Xbox One Sucks” before buying one on Craigslist and then immediately regretting the decision, since buying through Craigslist requires actual human interaction opposed to the blissfully cold circuits of Ebay. It’s a real timesaver.
Nay to the Naysayers
Soundgoodizer has received inherently flawed critiques. Take the following twitter posts from people we do not know with apparently awful opinions underpinned with immature sarcasm.
producers who use the ”soundgoodizer” plug in fl-studio you suck.
— tommy. (@thomsonpryme) February 21, 2014
On the other hand, critically acclaimed producers Madeon (creator of Pop Culture) and Martin Garrix (creator of Big Room House) has the following insightful comments:
@ArticulateEDM i love soundgoodizer
— Madeon (@madeon) April 29, 2013
FL is having a really hard time opening all my plugins, and yes, I still use the soundgoodizer on some synths haha pic.twitter.com/yIc9Z6q3
— MARTIN GARRIX (@MartinGarrix) November 22, 2012
MORAL OF THE STORY: SOUNDGOODIZER IS A USEFUL TOOL USED BY PROFESSIONALS, AND HATED BY AMATEURS WHO CAN’T FIGURE IT OUT.