Video review of the new plugin from Audified:
The product page claims that One click sets up your system and the only thing you have to care about is the fine tuning and gentle saturation of your sound. You save your time and insert slots and CPU power.
User reviews on the web site were solid, so I was really looking forward to trying Drum Enhancer out. For this video version 1.0.2 was used.
Level in – Input trim. Set so that the signal is around 0. So, peaks are happening in the yellow lights.
Noise gate, compressor, EQ, saturation,
By default “0” on the meters is -9 dBFS. This can be changed.
Go through the controls.
EQ Position – Before or after compressor
Saturation: Presence is enhanced upper mids.
Vintage – Smoother high end, even harmonics
Brown – Even frequency response except a touch of high end enhancement
White – Enhanced highs
Lofi – Less lows and highs
When you change the drum type, under the hood a bunch of parameters are changing. Compressor and EQs. EQ frequencies and bandwidths. Compressor attack and release times. Knee shapes and sidechain filters. High and low pass frequencies. Noise gate attack/release times.
The quickest way to set the plugin up is Change default calibration level to peaks around 0. Then choose a preset that sounds good.
– Input trim so peaks are hitting around “0”.
– Choose Drum Type
– Phase inverse if needed
– Noise gate controls
– Compressor controlers
– EQ controls
– Compressor Makeup (this is pre-saturation module)
– Saturation flavor and then amount
Input/output control link?
Not easy to cycle through presets.
Inaudible signal when track was paused.
Low CPU bothers me. There are multiple modules happening. On other plugins, this would add up to more CPU. Not a fan of the EQ. Saturation seemed good and whatever is enhancing worked but the comp was also not that great either.
Fine for quick mixes but I would recommend Waves Signature Series Bass and Drums over this. Right now it’s on sale for $89 they are cheaper and better than DW Drum Enhancer. But as always I suggest trying all the products out though and deciding for yourself where to spend your hard earned money.