Gear Of The Year: Best software effect of 2020

Some of this year’s effects plug-ins have already become essentials for the world’s top producers – but this one takes the crown.

Best Software Utility Winner oeksound
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WINNER: Oeksound Soothe 2

Price £170
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Though it hasn’t been around long, the Oeksound name already commands respect thanks to its near-magic plug-ins. With Soothe 2, the company took user feedback on board from its first resonance-smoothing Soothe plug-in and used it to perfect the formula. The result? Soothe 2 is an astoundingly accurate dynamic resonance suppressor plug-in capable of reducing competing frequencies with ease. It’s a gorgeous-looking bit of software too. We called it a modern classic in our review – and we stand by that. It’s the best software effect of 2020.

Read our full review here.

Highly commended: iZotope RX 8

Best Software Utility Highly Commended iZotope

Price Elements: £80 tandard: £230 dvanced: £770
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During its eight-stage evolution, we’ve seen iZotope’s RX become the ultimate audio-restoration tool kit, with the latest version now sporting the incredibly useful Spectral Recovery and Guitar De-noise, as well as improvements to existing modules and functions, and under-the-hood performance tweaks – all of which work in service of your audio treatments.

Read our full review here.

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