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Music Gear Review: Sonnox Oxford Envolution

Sonnox Oxford Envolution is an envelope generator plug-in with separate Transient and Sustain sections. Both these sections have the ability to apply frequency-dependent spectral shape processing without splitting the signal into separate bands and both are usable separately with their amplitude envelopes displayed over a scalable time line.

Spectral shaping has separate filters to exclude processing on low or high frequencies, and the Focus mode applies either a band-pass or a band-reject filter to either boost/cut frequencies.

I found the Focus mode a great way to build up the low frequencies of a kick drum track when adding sustain only to a selected band of frequencies and not to the surrounding ambience or beater attacks.

By being able to exactly dial up/down the “front” or attack portion as well as sustain of an instrument, Envolution is capable of increasing peak levels and “punch.”

The Warmth processing allowed a “spiked up” funky rhythm guitar track to retain just the right amount of attack versus tone once placed within the mix. Sonnox Envolution offers brand new ways to alter the sound of individual tracks, buses and master outputs in wild and wonderful ways.

Sonnox’s Envolution comes either in AAX, AU and VST Native at $270 or AAX DSP format at $435 MSRP.


BARRY RUDOLPH is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contribut- ing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com