Sound Radix announced POWAIR at the beginning of AES 2017 and now they have released this plug-in which they describe as "a smarter, more natural sounding dynamic processor" with an introductory price of $119 instead of $149.
Leveler And Compressor Working Together
POWAIR is a two-stage leveler/compressor plug-in, designed to control dynamics and bring a sense of power to vocals, instruments, and mixes.
Perceived Loudness BS1770 Leveler
The first stage in POWAIR is a K-weighted BS1770 perceived loudness (LUFS) auto-leveler. Whether you need to deliver tracks to EBU specifications or control the levels of a dynamic performance, the loudness leveler has been designed to smoothly ride your tracks and get them to your target loudness.
Punch & Adaptive Compression
POWAIR uses an innovative gain detection and reduction engine, capable of fast gain changes with minimal distortion and adaptive response to the recorded source signal, which enables users to be able to maintain the timbre of the source material even when the plug-in is working hard.
The unique Punch feature is designed to enable full control over the transients levels during the Attack stage; making it possible to shape the transients length while keeping peak levels under control. Finally, a brand new feature brings a different take on dynamics control. Adaptive Compression is designed to maintain an average compression action, adding intensity and glue while keeping the natural dynamics in the recording. POWAIR creator Nir Averbuch from Sound Radix explains...
A couple of years ago at the AES show, our dearest friend and evangelist, the one and only Frank Filipetti, pulled us aside and said (more or less in these words): “Listen guys, I work on this vocal track and I get the compressor to work all smooth and nice on this section and then when the loud part comes in, the compressor over-compresses and kills my sound. Now, I could automate the threshold but what I want is a compressor that will keep the sound I did in the soft part, in the loud part as well. Can you do it?” After a few drinks and sleepless nights we’re happy to say “Yes we can!”
Our Initial Thoughts
I have had access to POWAIR for a while now and I am very impressed with what I have been able to do with it. I made it my Find Of The Week in Podcast 296, published earlier today. It is an excellent tool for leveling difficult audio smoothly and without side effects.
Special Introductory Offers
Until the end of 2017 Sound Radix will be selling POWAIR at the introductory price of $119 instead of $149.
Sound Radix has also introduced the Radical Bundle 3, comprising of Auto-Align, SurferEQ, Pi, Drum Leveler and POWAIR for just $499 until the end of 2107 before it goes back to the usual price $599.
Buy And Win
Even better, users who purchase and register POWAIR either individually or as part of the Radical Bundle 3 from now until the end of 2017 will be entered into a weekly prize draw. Individual plug-in purchasers get a chance to win another Sound Radix plug-in of their choice or Radical Bundle 3 purchasers, should they win, will get a second Radical Bundle 3 to give to a friend! This applies to those buying either on the Sound Radix website or from a Sound Radix dealer.