Smooth Operator (Fix resonance)

Just checked out the new Smooth Operator from Baby Audio wondering whether it’s something I could use or not, had my doubts as I’m getting better with the EQs.

I’m currently making an electro track, I think its bass sounds great already so for some strange reason I thought why not slap this thing on it and see how it will be ruined :sweat_smile:

I couldn’t believe my ears … it improved the sound and revealed resonance around 500 and 1k that I have somehow gotten accustomed to. We are all different and I’m sure some of you would fix this in a few seconds with an EQ but I have made music for decades and this surprised me, check the Soundcloud link to hear yourself, it switches off and on.

The plugin is on sale right now, only $39 until the end of this month I believe, but try the trial on some of your songs and see what happens, you might learn what to listen for when working the EQ.

Maybe I should clean my ears, but I’ve listened to your example and to the examples on their website as well, and all I can hear is a little fix of the clarity of the sound. I do the same by using the native Renoise EQ5 on every instrument, especially synths, I just push the frequencies around 8000-10000 Hz. Just use your ears and the spectrum panel and you know if it’s necessary or not. You can also get a similar result by using the Exciter slightly. No need to burn 39 dollars. :wink:

It’s somewhat subtle examples but really if you care about finding these frequencies quickly then the 39 dollars are well spent in my opinion, and in this case where I didn’t even think there was any issue actually left me flabbergasted to be honest, the treated bass definitely has a nicer tone.

I actually don’t like their examples on their website and I watched a few youtube video reviews about it and decided against it but then it just happened they released a new update 1.0.1 with a high-res mode and I tried the demo as I was slightly bored, and you know the rest… I instantly bought it after my first test above :sweat_smile:

TDR GE eq range of plugins (nova, slick eq, slick eq M) have ‘smart operations’ which can ‘detect’ problematic frequencies and help you as a starting point:

also, sometimes you want the resonance to be present, due to nature of song… or mix… or theme… or whatever :slight_smile:

That’s true, I have probably beaten a few tunes to death that way

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sometimes there is a trade-off… i’ve done it personally numerous times… :smiley:

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I rather like Smooth Operator. I also own TDRs collection, as well as TEOTE by Voxengo.

Each has its own quirks. Smooth Operator is great as it follows the curve that you set, or just a nice flat curve, rounding off anything that is way out of scope of the rest of the mix. TEOTE follows it’s own unique curve. I rather like it, too. TEOTE tends to bring out the “detail” and “clarity” more, making the mix sound brighter. Throwing it on the Master Bus helps the mix translate on smaller speakers without being harsh or too sibilant.

TDRs EQs with the Smart Operations are fantastic for everything from Broad strokes to Surgical cuts. And you can’t beat the wonderful Harmonic Distortion of the VOS SlickEQ. (I sure do wish Variety of Sound would come back to VST development, I would pay way to much for their plugins and itd be worth every penny.)

TL;DR: Smooth Operator is simple and fast. You can use it to tame a mix, or for adding Harmonic Distortion (use the classic mode and not the new default Hi-Res mode). Can get some wild stuff out of it for sound design, too.

Well, 39 Dollars isn’t much in general, and if you think it improves your sound, why not?
I maybe would think about buying it If I wouldn’t be irritated by the fact that it has “presets”, and the fact that I still can’t see what this program can do which you can’t do with native eq devices or any other eq. But if you’re in the right mood and furthermore got some time left, you maybe can throw this on one of our collab projects and show me how it sounds in comparison to the original version. But anyway, I’m convinced that these kind of programs aren’t magic. :wink:

There’s also Gullfoss, which is the first program of this kind I’ve heard from. There are many, many, many programs of this kind. They all do the same, right? But is it the real shit?