by Stefan Wyeth | 4,0 / 5,0 | Approximate reading time: 2 Minutes
Soothe Live in action.

Soothe Live in action.  ·  Source: Oeksound

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The industry darling resonance suppressor plug-in is now available for the live sound environment. We check out Oeksound Soothe Live!

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Oeksound is a software developer based in Helsinki, Finland that has had major success in the studio environment with the Soothe processing plug-in.

It quickly took the industry by storm, becoming a go-to choice amongst all our favourite artists, producers, and engineers. Why? Soothe has a uniquely intuitive process for dealing with unwanted resonant frequencies in a way that sounds musical rather than clinical – which is unusual for a plug-in.

Oeksound Soothe Live

As you can imagine this makes Soothe particularly effective on vocals, and has probably saved engineers and artists hours that would be spent on post-production or repeating takes in studio.

With Soothe Live, the power of this high-end dynamic suppression processor is now available for Avid VENUE | S6L and Pro Tools | HDX systems.

For touring engineers, this is a very exciting prospect. Need your lead and backing vocals to sit the same way in the mix regardless of the mics or venue? Problem solved.

Or maybe you’re having an issue with cymbal bleed from your drum setup? The sidechain feature can easily come into play, reducing only the frequencies required.

Although it offers similar functionality to Soothe 2, Soothe Live was designed from the ground up exclusively for live sound. With a 64-sample latency rating, you get a resulting roundtrip latency of 1 ms or 95 samples on the S6L, which is impressive.

You’d expect this level of processing to require a ton of resources, but in fact, a single 18-core HDX card can run 54 mono or 36 stereo instances of Soothe Live.

Oeksound Soothe Live

Oeksound Soothe Live

About the controls:

  • The depth control increases the amount of processing and this is instantly shown visually on the reduction graph
  • The EQ nodes target the frequency range you’re processing, with boosted areas given more attention
  • The speed knob combines attack and release in one intuitive control, providing sweet spots for different instruments
  • The detail control sets how precise or broadband the processing will be

Soothe Live is also optimized for touchscreen interfaces and supports gestures. Overall, it’s a high-end niche product, but one that will certainly improve the audio quality and experience of live music globally.

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Pricing and availability:

Soothe Live is available directly from Oeksound at a price of $1033,85

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Soothe Live in action.

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