Baby Audio Smooth Operator

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SKU: 1178-1682
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Smooth Operator is a revolutionary plugin that combines the advantages of Resonance Suppression, Spectral Compression, and Equalization into a streamlined workflow. Rather than relying on a traditional channel strip, this plugin simplifies cluttered mixes by automating the dirty work typically assigned to compressors and EQs.

With Smooth Operator, you can easily sculpt your tonal balance while the algorithm does the heavy lifting by automatically eliminating harsh resonances and muddy frequency areas. The plugin analyzes incoming audio at the DAW's sample rate and adjusts its settings tens of thousands of times per second to reduce frequencies with excessive energy build-up.

By setting a desired frequency response curve, Smooth Operator optimizes the signal to match it, eliminating odd spikes and resonances along the way. The result is a more musically balanced track that's smoother and more pleasing to the ear. Let Smooth Operator handle the technical work while you focus on unleashing your creative potential.

Key Features:

Global threshold:

  • Pull the middle circle node downwards to increase the over-all effect amount. When the curve is horizontal, Smooth Operator will apply the same effect-amount across the entire frequency spectrum.

Change the response curve:

  • Move the 4 nodes on the frequency curve to sculpt your desired tonal response. Preserve frequency areas by moving the nodes up, or go harder on frequency areas by dragging the nodes down. Use your mousewheel or trackpad-scroll to adjust the Q-factor.

Go surgical or go broad:

  • The ”Focus” slider controls how surgical Smooth Operator is in its behavior. At 100%, each frequency spike is processed independently, while lower focus values will give you a broader response, where surrounding frequencies are attenuated around the resonant spikes. This can help the effect sound more natural and musical.

Monitor problematic areas in solo:

  • Engage the “Solo” button to audition different areas of the frequency spectrum separately and identify problematic areas in your track. Then decide how hard Smooth Operator should tackle them.

Use Smooth Operator as an intelligent ducker:

  • If you engage “Side Chain” mode, you can duck your signal with the frequency content of another track in your mix. (Example: Ducking your bass with your kick as the side chain input). This feature is like a normal sidechain ducker – except it doesn’t just duck the volume of a track, instead it ducks exactly the frequency areas occupied by the sidechain track – in realtime. This helps you achieve mixes with less frequency clash between different elements.

Two algorithm modes:

  • Click the “M” icon to switch between “High-Res” and “Classic” algorithms. “Classic” offers lower latency for tracking and production workflows, while “High-Res” offers a cleaner response for mixing and mastering purposes.

Display options:

  • Switch between pink, green and blue background colors. Fully resizable plugin window.

System Requirements:

  • Plugin formats: VST, VST3, AU, AAX.
  • Mac - macOS 10.7 and up (including Native M1 Compatibility).
  • Windows- PC Windows 7 and up.
  • DAWs supported: Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic Pro, FL Studio, Cubase, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason etc.