A new Sonnox plug-in is always pleasant news, not just because it’s also a rare occasion. The developer has a sizeable range of high-quality plug-ins already, but there’s always room for more. So here’s Claro – an all-purpose equalizer plug-in with three views that’s powerful, but easy to get into. In other words, it’s the Sonnox competitor to Pro-Q that’s also coming in at quite the fair price considering what’s in store. Let’s dig in.
Claro by Sonnox
Claro may look like a clean-cut digital equalizer plug-in, but it makes a strong case for “vibe first, detail later.” However, this isn’t some 50s-era analog EQ voodoo box kind of vibe we’re talking about. Rather, Claro is about making the workhorse EQ musical via modern tools. To that, it offers three distinct views that focus on different production aspects.
Produce view is about quick and broad frequency adjustments, with a bit of mid/side action posing as simple stereo adjustments. For example, you can remove rumble in the sides and spread out the high frequencies for a breath of air. Tweak view is the ‘nerd’ EQ where you can go bananas massaging obscure frequency ranges in 0.1db increments. Or, you can let Claro highlight resonances and then proceed to correct them. Mix view is where you can specifically address frequency masking between tracks so the mix comes together. Here, you can boost one track while simultaneously cutting another.
Between the three views, you have a respectable bunch of parameters and options at your disposal, yet Claro appears quite non-obtuse. There’s thought behind the design and, while I’m very happy with the Neutron EQ from iZotope, I’ll be taking this one for a spin when I get the chance. I like a well thought-out plug-in and I honestly wouldn’t expect less from Sonnox.
Price and availability
Claro is available now from Sonnox and dealers at an introductory discount of 25%. This brings the regular price of GBP 99 down to GBP 74.24 (+ tax where applicable). The plug-in works under macOS 10.8 or later and Windows 7 or later in AAX, AU, and VST3 formats. Sonnox uses iLok for authorisation – both iLok Cloud and the fabled USB dongle will do.