I think I first heard about Soothe from mastering engineer Brad Boatright. "Just try it!" I did, and a day later I bought it. Note: never demo a plug-in you're not ready to buy. Soothe is a "dynamic resonance suppressor" aimed specifically at high midrange frequencies. If you've ever cranked up specific frequencies on a parametric EQ in order to hunt down and cut ringing frequencies on vocal mics or guitar speakers, you'll get what Soothe can do for you. But it does this dynamically, on potentially dozens of frequencies, as needed. What I've found is that on guitar tracks, Soothe can quickly help with that "ice-picky" 2-3 kHz thing that you don't necessarily notice until it's gone. It also seems to make EQ boosts afterward easier. It's a good vocal de-esser, and on poorly recorded vocals, Soothe has seriously saved my ass, reducing harsh gnarl when I was out of tricks. The UI is clean and easy to understand. Honestly, the default setting is a great starting place for a lot of sources. If any of this grabs your interest, I'd suggest trying Soothe out on some vocal or guitar recordings – or even a problematic mix. For best results on a master bus, Oeksound recommends taking advantage of Soothe's built-in higher resolution and oversampling options. There's a 20-day trial available, and you'll know if you like it pretty quickly. I did.

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