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We love forward-thinking devs like Accusonus. They have their fair share of cutting edge tech and are releasing the type of plugins that fulfill a specific need for many producers and engineers. We were pretty excited to see Beatformer hit the streets this morning and couldn’t help but be curious after hearing so much great feedback regarding the benefits of ‘Drum Bus’ in Ableton 10, Accusonus had our complete attention. Beatformer is a very simple,

nicely laid out plugin that does one thing – it adds ‘shine’ to your drum bus. However after about five minutes of playing around with it we realized that it’s exceptional on any overtly transient or percussive material. It all begins on the left with the ‘Boom’ knob which does a great job of dialing in low end heft, with Accusonus cleverly providing a drop down menu of musical keys, allowing you to fine tune the low end in a fundamentaly musical fashion.

Accusonus have some cutting edge tech and are releasing the type of plugins that fulfill a specific need for many producers and engineers.”

As a general rule you’ll find that Beatformer is effective on drum groups as the main four controls are very well thought out and created to make a huge difference to the overall sound very, very quickly. We did find that using Beatformer on single drum tracks is an excellent use of resources. The ‘Punch’ and ‘Squash’ controls are by far the most effective when dealing with mid-range frequency content. ‘Squash’ is most effective when dialing it to a negative value if you’re trying to make a finger snap or flammed clap smaller or more discrete, sinking it back into the mix a little. Combine it with the ‘Punch’ knob though and you will experience true tightness, with the snap being lifted back out of the mix and pushed right forward. Play around with the awesome live demo HERE.

The brilliant, On-Line, Live Demo (above)

“… the main four controls are very well thought out and created to make a huge difference to the overall sound very, very quickly.”

‘Squash’ actually comes after ‘Punch’ in the plugin’s signal flow with the general idea being that it dynamically controls frequencies after the transients have been processed with ‘Punch’. The ‘Air’

control is actually not an EQ – it’s more of an exciter when cranked and a de-sizzler when used in the minus zone (replacing the need for a de esser on cymbals for instance). Finally, ‘High Split’ enables you to pinpoint

a crossover frequency from 4kHz to 12kHz between the Air control and Punch/Squash. The idea is to help you keep some separation between similar sounds like claps and snaps or certain percussions.

CONCLUSION

If you break it down Beatformer is simply a transient shaper, saturator and compressor crammed together but in operation it’s far more sophisticated than the sum of it’s parts. At APN we love effective, high value plugins like Beatformer. In fact any plug that combines multiple disciplines like

Beatformer, to enhance specific elements of a production is worth consideration. At $79.00 Beatformer is definitely worth every penny and will probably get pulled into play more and more often as you get used to re-placing chains of plugins and other long-winded operations.

“…in operation Beatformer is far more sophisticated
than the sum of it’s parts.”

COMPATIBILITY

MacOS: Versions 10.10 or later
AU, VST, AAX Native (64-bit)

Windows: Versions 7 (SP1) or later
VST, AAX Native (64-bit)

     

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

Accusonus Beatformer is available now,
direct from their webstore (here)
at an introductory price of $79.00 USD
normal price is stated as $99.00 USD.

A must have for anyone interested in time saving, broad-stroke type plugins that can quickly shape major mix elements.
  • Time Saving Design
  • Easy To Use
  • Money Back Guarantee
  • Lack of Ultimate Adjustability
  • No Metering on 'Squash' control
  • Marginal GUI Resize Options

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