Developer Toneboosters has added Enhancer to its catalogue of useful and affordable plug-ins. This tool lets you add a bit of sonic sparkle to individual tracks and entire mixes during mixdown and mastering.
Enhancer’s facilities are a triple-band spectral monitor and exciter, timbre and dynamic range adjustment, as well as spatial width enhancement, among other functionality. Working at sample rates up to 384k Hz and with an easy-on-the-eyes, scalable user interface, Enhancer handles multi-channel audio (up to 16 channels).
The plug-in presents a streamlined, three-step workflow. First, you select the frequency range you want to home in on. Then you move the analysis dragger to apply enhancement within the selected band, and the harmonics dragger to shape the synthesized supra and sub-bass harmonics. The processing is driven by an AI for faster results and is fully automatable, with the enhancement algorithms stemming from modelled analog circuitry and filter simulations.
Price and availability
Enhancer looks like another solid ToneBoosters release. It’s available for Windows and macOS computers in VST, VST3, AU, and AAX formats, priced a comfortable EUR 39. For the price, there is really no capable alternative, though if you are interested in such processing, do check out Sugar. It’s basically complex harmonic enhancement made easy.
The main element of Sugar is a four-band harmonic enhancer, with each band offering two “colors”. For the bass, you can choose between “thick” and “punch”, the mid band has “warm” and “broad”, the high band offers “shine” and “excite”, and for the Air band you can pick “yin” or “yang”. It’s an intriguing concept, but it’s also USD 150.