The work of a mixing or mastering engineer is meticulous down to the last sample. To achieve the sound you want, each stem, bar, beat, and piece of lyric needs to serve the song without a doubt. Unfortunately, sonic instabilities often take control and steer us away from the creative process.
oeksound is a plug-in company from Helsinki, Finland, here to improve your relationship with mixing. The company was founded in 2016 by Olli Keskinen after several years of research on a set of signal processing techniques that materialized in Soothe, our first plug-in. The solutions that made it unique also laid the foundation for oeksound’s future plug-ins, like Soothe2 and Spiff.
Instead of crowding the marketplace with more of the same basic tools, everyone has access to inside their DAW, we search for new solutions to time-consuming problems. Technology allows us to run email on a toaster, so why not run complex, number-crunching algorithms on a laptop for audio production?
The algorithms are built by us, tweaking hundreds of parameters by ear to match the signal processing to our hearing. Instead of running the show on their own like some automixer, our plug-ins do all the leg-work while you make the decisions. As a result, you can spend more time focusing on bringing your mix to life and less time on solving problems.
We are a bunch of tech geeks with a background in audio production and songwriting. More importantly, we have a thing for elegant, out-of-the-box solutions to mixing in the box. With so many companies already chasing the perfect 1176-emulation, we aim to bring something fresh to the audio engineer’s toolkit.
However, we couldn’t do it without a helpful and caring community around us. We learn and improve from your suggestions and are driven by the opportunity to give something back. So if you need a fix to an age-old problem, pop us a message. We might be able to find the solution.