soothe harshness, save time
soothe2 is a dynamic resonance suppressor. It identifies problematic resonances on the fly and applies matching reduction automatically. This results in a smoother, more balanced sound and saves you from having to notch out the frequencies by hand. The reduction kicks in only when and where needed without affecting the nearby frequency areas. This preserves the timbre of the original sound source and results in transparent treatment with minimal artefacts.
soothe2 can be used to reduce harshness, sibilance and mud from the sound source, and excels in fixing a range of problems. With soothe2 you can:
- Remove harshness from close mic’d sound sources
- Transparently manage sibilance in vocals and dialog
- Treat uneven tonal balance from suboptimal recordings
- Clear muddiness, boominess, and proximity effect
- Soften overly bright guitar and piano recordings
- Tame piercing synth sounds
soothe2 saves time and effort in audio work. It is equally at home on individual tracks and on busses. It works wonders on anything from sound design and post-production to the most demanding mastering applications.
quick yet detailed
soothe2 has been designed with simplicity in mind. It is fast to set up and easy to use, yet allowing you to fine tune the processing to your needs. Pressing the delta button presents you with what soothe2 is removing, and is the quickest way to understand what the processor is reacting to.
The modern, well thought-out and informative user interface makes it easy to target just the frequency areas you wish, with control over the frequency range and sensitivity of the process. The unique frequency graph shows the reduction exactly as it’s happening.
Windows 7 and up as 32 / 64 bit VST and VST3, and 64 bit AAX (PT11 and up).
macOS 10.10 (Yosemite) – 10.15 (Catalina) as 64 bit VST, AU, and AAX, Intel-based Macs.
iLok account and iLok License Manager installation required. iLok dongle is not required. Online access required for the initial activation of the product and trial. One license allows activation of the product on 2 machines. Licenses are valid for both Windows and macOS platforms.
improved in every aspect
soothe2 is our second take on the concept of resonance removal. The algorithm has been redesigned from the ground up to improve sound quality, performance and flexibility while retaining its ease-of-use.
The new soft mode is a more transparent and easy to use approach for most cases, while the hard mode lets you hone in on extreme resonances and energy build-ups.
soothe2 works on the entire hearing range. Where the original plug-in was targeted towards mid and high resonances, soothe2 pushes the frequency range all the way down to 20 Hz. The improved precision on low frequencies opens up the possibility to treat muddiness and rumble, and effortlessly balance low end resonances.
The addition of the attack and release parameters lets you slow down the processing to leave transients intact, and opens up the possibility to use soothe as a resonance-based tonal balancer.
Other key new features:
- Mid/side mode, overall and per band
- Optimised performance and lower latency
- External sidechain input (check compatibility)
all grown up
soothe2 is a result of years of research and development. It combines novel heuristics for finding resonances with advanced filtering techniques to minimise degradation of the signal quality. The process is free from pre-ring, crossovers, and summing artefacts commonly found in dynamic equalisers and multiband compressors. The algorithm has been carefully tuned by ear to provide musical results that are hard to unhear.
...version 2 is a triumph. Without noticeably adding to the plug-in's complexity or slowing down the user, Oeksound have found numerous ways to make it more widely applicable, more controllable, and more appropriate to more sources.read review
A wealth of new features improve the performance and usability of an already superb plug-in. An essential mixing tool for your arsenal.read review
Greg WellsKaty Perry, Adele, Timbaland
I luckily was an early adopter of soothe. I have enthusiastically shared with anyone that would listen how great I knew it was. When the new soothe2 arrived, I had to get my hands on it. The bottom line is I’d be screwed without it. I use soothe2 on almost every lead vocal I mix, and quite often I have it on the mix buss itself.
Michael BrauerColdplay, Phoenix, James Bay, John Mayer
soothe2 is always saving me, when there’s a problematic vocal that I can’t tame with regular de-essers or dynamic EQ’s, soothe to the rescue!
Damien LewisRihanna, Fifth Harmony, Lennon Stella
Glen RobinsonGwar, David Bowie, The Steve Miller Band
Wow even more flexibility [compared to soothe]. I save an incredible amount of time; soothe2 gets what I need in seconds, really loving it on the mix bus, guitars, and vocals. No need for multiple plugins on problematic tracks or full program, soothe2’s intuitive interface and flexibility takes care of all the problematic resonances with one clean sweep. It is extremely precise on suppressing harsh areas. Loving the attack and release features. The new low frequency range is Huge!
Joe ChiccarelliMorrisey, The Strokes, Spoon, Beck
The interface of soothe2 is much more detailed and nuanced than version one, but still very easy to use.
Soothe saves me sooo much time. So simple yet dynamic, great GUI. Thank you for existing <3
Adam “Nolly” GetgoodPeriphery, Devin Townsend, Animals as Leaders, Haken
oeksound’s plugins find their way into every mix of mine, whether it’s soothe2 removing harsh whistles and overtones in cymbals and voices, or spiff enhancing attack and body in my drum sounds without bringing out nasty cymbal spill. They’re both irreplaceable tools that greatly affect the listenability and clarity of my mixes.
Ben HogarthJason Derulo, Arin Ray, Jeremih
I’m still pretty fresh using the plugin but it has changed my mixing night and day especially with vocals. I use the vocal warmer the most and move the frequency bands around to taste for each song. I’ll also use it on harsh high end synths and guitars. It does the hard work of getting all the upper harsh resonances out of the mix giving me that clean mix I’m looking for. This plugin makes me more excited to mix now literally. It’s a top 5 plugin for me.
David Lucius KingThe Script, Blue, Cher
When I first started working in London at Metropolis Studios, I had the opportunity to work with some of the greatest producers and audio engineers in the country. I quickly learned that having an arsenal with great sounding plugins at your disposal is key to ensure a great sounding mix! To be able to identify a problem and understand “the steps” you need to take to fix that problem with ease is an essential part of audio editing. Now ladies and gentlemen, imagine not having to take any of these tedious steps to get great sounding results. All you need is one simple step.
(Drum roll please) introducing soothe2!
It removes the guess work out of EQ-ing and gets rid of all unwanted frequencies. Could you ask for anything better? Simply put, soothe2 is a must have plugin and I highly recommend it!”
“If you’re looking for a couple of plugins that will sound great on literally every mix you do, then the Spiff and soothe2 from oeksound are the right plugins for you!
Dory LobelThe Voice, Enrique Iglesias, The Backstreet Boys, Tori Kelly, Damian Marley, Colbie Caillat
You hear a lot about soothe’s vocal applications, which are indeed phenomenal, but I have found it to be a secret weapon for treating acoustic and electric guitars. Soothe does an incredible job of taking out all of the unpleasant and harsh resonant frequencies that guitar tracks are so full of. By removing the artifacts that occur when close mic’ing an instrument, Soothe actually makes recorded guitars sound more natural and true to life. This is especially important in the digital environment, where guitars often end up sounding harsh and sterile. Soothe brings back the warm organic qualities of the instrument, and makes mixing guitars much quicker and way more enjoyable!
Henkka NiemistöMastering Engineering @Chartmakers
Michalis "MsM" MichaelSkepta, Jme, Wiley, Chipmunk
Congrats on another winner of a plugin. The attack and release are game changers for me. Sometimes I’d find soothe was either too subtle or too extreme and it’s always been about the timing for me. Now I can adjust it and it always does what I want and expect.
UnikUsher, Nelly, Pitbull
soothe2 has established itself as the perfect virtual assistant in my sessions in the past few weeks. Whether it’s 808 resonances, harsh guitar overtones, hihat hiss, or comb filter in vocal recordings, soothe2 finds the weak points and straightens them out. The plugin always does exactly what a manually configured dynamic EQ does, although much faster and more intelligently. In an age where as a mobile producer you’re working in various, partly unfamiliar studios, I don’t want to miss out on this mojo anymore!
Wendy WangEXO, Superfruit, The Bird and the Bee
Cécile DesnosJungle, ALMA, James Arthur
Both spiff and soothe2 have made their way into my vocal chain template for writing sessions. It’s really a big help to be able to print a respectable vocal at the end of a writing day when there is no time for a mix-ready cleanup. I’ve also found soothe2 useful on some resonant and piercing hihats. But spiff has been the overwhelming positive surprise for me. Everything I’ve chucked it at has responded well. It’s been really interesting actually to hear what’s in the signal on delta mode. I like using it to smooth out low-mid noise on synth and guitars for example.
Heba KadryBjörk, Slowdive, The Mars Volta, Ryuichi Sakamoto
soothe2 has been my golden solution lately when I’m mastering a stereo mix and trying to control a buried vocal that is desperately fighting for space with a high frequency transient percussive element like a tambourine or a hihat mixed way too loud. Something about the way the dynamic EQ works sounds so natural and attenuates the issues smoothly while self adjusting to whatever else is going on in that same frequency range… it also makes it sound like I just strapped a compressor on a vocal mix bus when I don’t have access to a multi track or even stems to control balances or EQ something poking out. It works best in conjunction with my favourite de-esser. In the past I would have spent hours manually automating those problem frequencies and losing my mind. soothe2 has helped reduce that grunt work down in half.
Morgan PageDJ, Producer
soothe2 is an incredibly useful tool for taming and balancing resonant peaks that build up from vocals, synths, and distortion treatments. Right now I’m using it on my vocal bus to smooth out all my high end EQ boosts, and it’s great for instruments like Wurlitzers that can get really crunchy when the harmonics start to step on each other. Overall I’m finding it’s really useful for bringing up the presence of a sound without needing as much compression and EQ. It’s a much faster process than adding in dynamic EQ notches, so I love any plugin that saves me time.
Romesh DodangodaMotörhead, Bring Me The Horizon, Funeral For A Friend
soothe2 is without a doubt one of the best plugins that I have. It used to take me so long to look at problematic frequencies and resonances and try and tame them without taking a lot away from the source sound. Somehow this plugin is so transparent and it does everything I need it to do in a few seconds so I can move on. It’s been incredible on things like electric guitar where there are often nasty frequencies that I need to tame. I have used it on every session since I got it! Great work, oeksound!!
Scott ChesakPanic At The Disco, Weezer, The All-American Rejects
Acoustic pianos often create unwanted resonances that are difficult to tame. I used to spend hours fine tuning surgical EQs to even out the frequencies. With soothe2 I am able to get better results in a fraction of the time and with more flexibility. It’s also an amazing tool for balancing harsh vocals and cleaning up the mix bus.
Thijs De VliegerNOISIA
Sometimes you want to EQ some weird resonance into a sound, but most of the time you find yourself actually eqing resonances and painful frequencies out of sounds. soothe2 is an incredible time saver. Plus the algorithm is so precise that it’s artefacts are also useful when you just keep the reduced frequencies for creative purposes.