New Toys: NUGEN Audio Paragon ST Plug-in Reverb

The mono/stereo version of NUGEN Audios Paragon convolution surround sound reverb is here. Paragon ST copies its big brother and uses immersive Ambisonic recordings for its impulse responses and their unique re-synthesis technology to offer the parameter adjustability of an algorithmic reverb. Re-synthesizing the IR means fewer impulse responses are required to be stored and pre-loaded into the plug-in, plus there is no time stretching of the IRs that can cause unpleasant artifacts.

You can change parameters like: reverb time decay, size, brightness of the IR’s three-dimensional space, the reverb decay time at a certain frequency, and the mic distance controls the balance of early and late reflections. 

Created especially for music mixers/engineer/producers (YES!), Paragon ST includes controls for adjusting stereo width up to 200% and a reverb tail modulation section/interface has been added plus an updated reverb pre-delay control adjustable in musical notation or in conventional milliseconds.

As a music mixer, I counted 19 IRs and 83 presets installed—plenty for starting out and configuring a reverb. The IRs are named and cataloged in a built-in mini search engine, according to what they are, where they were recorded, or what they are intended to do.

In the Modifier page, superimposed over the spectrogram is a parametric EQ curve for altering the spectral frequency decay times when re-synthesizing the IR. You could easily make only the low frequencies in Paragon’s reverb have very short RT60 times.

The I/O panel allows individually muting the left or right channels and separate 12dB/octave HPF/LPF faders to set the overall “thickness”  or “darkness” of the reverb itself. The ability to offset the pre-delay values for the left and right channels is brilliant—my secret sound design weapon on my next mix. 

Just an excellent, awesome reverb that Ive added to my Pro Tools stereo mix template, NUGEN Audio Paragon ST is $299 MSRP