Klevgränd has released LUXE, a simple-to-use audio enhancer, saturator and compressor plug-in. According to Klevgränd, LUXE enhances the signal “in a subtle but musical way”. The company says that it helps to make tracks fit in the mix, and that it works especially well on vocals and the drum bus.
What is that, a turkey baster? I can only imagine what the designers thought when they drew up LUXE’s simple GUI. Is it supposed to mean that LUXE injects flavour into your tracks, or drizzles musical sauce over them? That aside, I must confess that I’m a fan of the Swedish developer’s clean, uncluttered GUIs. With its flat, minimalistic looks, LUXE fits right in with the company’s other plug-ins like Stark and Modley.
According to Klevgränd, LUXE compresses and saturates the audio signal. A lone slider on the right controls the intensity of the effect. A small switch on the left lets you choose one of two algorithms: LUXE or FINESSE. Klevgränd says that while the controls are very simple, the underlying algorithms use “a very sophisticated set of parameters” to add “musicality and warmth” to the signal.
Clearly, LUXE isn’t meant for making detailed adjustments to individual parameters. But if you’re looking for a simple, single-knob enhancer for quick results, Klevgränd’s latest release may be worth a look, especially since it’s quite inexpensive. However, I do think that they could have added an output level knob to compensate for any added gain.
Price and availability
Klevgränd LUXE is now available from the developer’s website. The plug-in is currently on sale for USD 14.99; the regular price will be USD 19.99. It runs on Windows 7 SP1 and up and macOS 10.9 and up in AAX, AU and VST formats (64 bit). A free trial version is available. According to Klevgränd, an iOS version is also in the works.