transient control, oek-style
spiff is our take on transient control. Following the success of our first plug-in, soothe, spiff was designed to fill in the gap of the sound engineer’s toolkit. It has been designed to cut or boost transients with extreme detail. Similar to soothe, spiff analyses the incoming signal and applies the processing only on the parts of the signal that contain the transient information. This keeps the rest of the signal intact and free from side effects.
less spit, more articulation
spiff handles transients the same way soothe handles resonances. By reacting only where and when needed, spiff is capable of attenuating or even removing transient information from a sound. Effective on mouth noises, hard consonants, clicks and pops, it can also be used for example to soften the pick attack from a guitar recording while retaining the top end sheen. Engaging the boost mode turns spiff into a powerful transient enhancer. This allows you to bring elements to the front of a mix without increasing the RMS level, or to boost fundamentals from drums without additional boominess.
spiff it up
A lot of attention was put into making the algorithm accurate, versatile, and yet feel intuitive. For spiff we’ve redesigned our user interface to make for a quick and focused user experience. spiff operates perfectly with minimal adjusting, and can be left on a track without the need for constant readjustments to compensate for changes in the audio material. At the same time, the clearly laid out parameters let you dig into the processing if the material requires it.
looks like it works!
The OpenGL-accelerated graph lets you see where and when spiff is at work. The EQ-section lets you zone in on frequencies that require more attention. Use the delta toggle and per-band cue to hear just what is being affected. Oversampling and increased resolution are also there, if your CPU has what it takes!
not just a problem solver
Presenting a new way of controlling transients, spiff opens up an infinite number of possibilities for sound manipulation. Even on more extreme settings, spiff retains the original character of the sound, without introducing any nasty artefacts. Remove all attack from a piano, turn guitar parts into a lapsteel. Make a picked guitar sound fingerpicked. Remove the close mics from a drum recording. spiff is your one-stop solution for transients.
Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Volbeat, Tool
While using soothe to deal with a few problem frequencies on a guitar sound, I ended up on the oeksound site and saw they have another plugin called spiff. I immediately downloaded it and put it to work. This plugin has a lot of possibilities, from removing clicks in a sustained keyboard sound to getting rid of leakage on drum tracks, it worked flawlessly. What an amazing tool. I look forward to the next oeksound creation!
Stone Sour, Fall Out Boy, Anthrax, Coheed and Cambria
spiff is an incredible transient designer, actually the only one I will use from here onwards.
My initial test was on a kick and snare subgroup bus. In parallel with the “dry” kick and snare group, the punch and thud was incredible.
I sent an a/b comparison to 2 other engineers and their first question was “how did you do that??”
My other favorite drum use is on the toms, in parallel with the dry signal as well. The attack was amazing!
I also tried using spiff to remove unwanted mouth noise on a vocal track and it worked wonderfully.
This is probably the most versatile plugin I’ve used in a very long time.
Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, John Powell
spiff is really one of a kind. It takes a completely new approach to transient design and I immediately found great uses. I’m actually going to remix a percussion project I’m doing so I can add spiff. It’s that good.
James F Reynolds
BTS, Calvin Harris, Years & Years, Emelie Sande, Dua Lipa
spiff is a brilliantly intuitive transient design tool that I use in every mix I do.
J Balvin, Jason Derulo, David Guetta, Nicki Minaj, Willy William
During the production and mixing stages of “Gooodbye”(Jason Derulo, David Guetta, Nicki Minaj, Willy William), spiff allowed me to interact with transient information both creatively and technichally, in a totally different way - It’s almost like having a transient “cheat-code”
Ms. Lauryn Hill, Qusai, Naughty Dog Inc,, EA Sports, Madden NFL
oeksound is fulfilling a niche in a way no one is doing it right now. soothe and spiff are instantly apart of my every day chain for both mixing and mastering.
Ruben den Boer
spiff is the transient designer we were always looking for: one where you can change the transient based on the frequency response. The fact that spiff allows you to add or remove transients musically is completely unique and changes the way you approach drum transients. No more harsh low ends when boosting transients in drum samples. A game-changer for us!
Coldplay, Jay-Z, Portishead
The best thing about digital recording can sometimes also be the worst. The accurate capturing of transient information can be fatiguing and indeed painful to listen to. Analogue tape used to round the edginess of transients off and make them creamy and lovely to listen to, now spiff does a similar job (and so much more!), oeksound have another winner on their hands, it’s all over my new mixes.