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Ploytec and intelligent sound & music present Aroma
Old 13th March 2017
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Ploytec and intelligent sound & music present Aroma


Ploytec GmbH/ ism/ Germany (March 13th, 2017) (ictw) – Ploytec, the audio specialists from southern Germany and intelligent sound & music, the Cologne based plug-in experts, just released their newly developed audio tool Aroma.

Aroma helps to put analog character & charm into audio recordings in an unprecedented musical way. Four valve or tape like processing units, called Salt, Pepper, Sugar and Chili, add elegance to any audio material.
Primarily designed for mastering, Aroma also shapes the character of vocal and instrument recordings. Individual flavor controls allow to adjust a wide variety of beauty, warmth and attractiveness. Aroma's additional Mid/Side processing option allows for fine tuning the stereo base.

Aroma's salt effect features an adjustable structure of even and odd order harmonics. Pepper focuses on odd order harmonics and offers a variety of musical colors. Sugar adds sweetness and fatness in the style of analog tape. Chili is described to make recordings "hot as hell and delicious as heaven”.


Pricing and availability
Aroma is available for VST2, VST3, AU and AAX, Mac and Windows. Free to try, EUR 89,- to buy.


Product page: Ploytec Aroma Plugin - www.ismism.de/aroma
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Old 13th March 2017
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"hot as hell", "sweetness and fatness", "musical colors".... a bit of technical information about the modules, maybe?
Old 13th March 2017
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The second demo song needs cinnamon
Old 13th March 2017
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Wonderful spices bought!
Old 14th March 2017
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tried the demo. crashes Pro Tools 12.4 OS 10.9.5
Old 14th March 2017
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No problem here,, Au/Vst work's perfect.
Old 15th March 2017
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Cool this plugin!! I'm heavily using it for mixing. Density and space can be adjusted.
Old 16th March 2017
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Hi, I'm Thomas the developer who wrote this plug-in.

@musicmixer04: I'd be very glad about details! What did you do before Aroma crashed PT? Hope I can reproduce it with PT 12.5 and OSX 10.10 or 10.8 here.
Old 16th March 2017
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Hi Thomas, congrats to lovely plugin.
I love how the plugin open up sound in M/S mode and how good the spices sound you can almost taste it!
Old 17th March 2017
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Just stopped by to say how much I am impressed with this beast. A must have tool for mixing and mastering in the box. Try it ones and you won't leave a single session without these invaluable species.
Old 17th March 2017
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Not bad but -compared to great stuff like Klanghelm or TDR- too expensive for what it does, imho.
Old 17th March 2017
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It looks to be inspired.by the Hedd.
Old 17th March 2017
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What a gem Is there no mono version?

Last edited by Asher Bay; 17th March 2017 at 07:13 PM..
Old 18th March 2017
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Hi, I'm Thomas the developer who wrote this plug-in.
Hi. this is worth a try. despite the big hoopla for every new plugin that comes out there aren't many of this type of plugs that are usable.
and kudos for making a GUI for grown ups, not the the 3Dish isometric BS that is a PITA to use but gives kids the false sense of owning actual gear ... sadly, inherently affecting their perception of the actual sound.
Old 18th March 2017
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a GUI for grown ups, not the the 3Dish...
thanks a lot! Sometimes I feel like I'm alone with these ideas.

An architect once told me that it took decades if not even centuries until a steel column was allowed to look like simple steel and not like an ancient Greece marble coloumn.
I hoped that the time for software looking like software would be a bit shorter.
But i fear that the number of user interfaces with screws in the corners is actually still increasing.
Old 18th March 2017
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Not bad but -compared to great stuff like Klanghelm or TDR- too expensive for what it does.
The Klanghelm is not even close to what the Aroma offers. The closest competitor is far above 300$ price tag and is Pro Tools compatible only.
Old 18th March 2017
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The Klanghelm is not even close to what the Aroma offers. The closest competitor is far above 300$ price tag and is Pro Tools compatible only.
I love viral marketing just like the next guy...

I´m not comparing Aroma to THE Klanghelm or THE TDR plugin.
I´m just saying that they offer advanced stuff for about half the price and a -comparably- new developer will make more money in the end if the price is lower.

They don´t have screws in the corner either.

This tool is ok but I will not buy it because neither the sound nor the gui (with which the developer is not alone at all) convince me to pay 89€.

And I don´t buy cheap in general, I´ve got over 10.000€ worth of software on my computer.
Old 18th March 2017
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I love viral marketing just like the next guy...

I´m not comparing Aroma to THE Klanghelm or THE TDR plugin.
I´m just saying that they offer advanced stuff for about half the price and a -comparably- new developer will make more money in the end if the price is lower.

They don´t have screws in the corner either.

This tool is ok but I will not buy it because neither the sound nor the gui (with which the developer is not alone at all) convince me to pay 89€, period.

And I don´t buy cheap in general, I´ve got over 10.000€ worth of software on my computer.
Neither do I compare it to the above mentioned products. It's from a completely different league if you know what I mean. Cheers!
Old 18th March 2017
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Neither do I compare it to the above mentioned products. It's from a completely different league if you know what I mean. Cheers!
That´s exactly what I can´t see, feel or hear, sorry.
Old 19th March 2017
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TDR has nothing that does what this does. Are you bitching about price? Or just confused about what this actually does? OK you don't like it but please be respectful of a new product announcement. Not a great forum for you to make some vague point about products that are completely different, and pricing that has nothing to do with anything......really is amazing how people with 0 knowledge and experience are so keen to tell developers that have poured heart and soul into a product how to price it. Insulting really....
Old 19th March 2017
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really is amazing how people with 0 knowledge and experience are so keen to tell developers that have poured heart and soul into a product how to price it. Insulting really....
I only stated my very own opinion which wasn´t insulting at all and which results in at least a little bit of attention for the product here because of the discussion.
If people release stuff, they have to live with a critital reception, no matter if it´s music, art or technology.

Above everyone can see what´s really worth to be called insulting, btw...
Old 19th March 2017
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I was really struggling with whether to purchase the Dave Hill plugins. Im even demoing Slate VCC and VTM in hopes to avoid that sticker price. Although they are good Im not over the moon about them and I would still have Phoenix and Ra on my mind. I have no idea who the developer is for Aroma but this just genius. The workflow is addictive, intuitive, fun, and satisfying. Music and cooking are my passions so this just immediately stuck with me. The seasoning concept is spot on!

Imo, this sounds brilliant and can bring up the RMS as well. Hoping it will have mono capabilties so I can use it everywhere. Considering its at the same price point of the Slate products on the second hand market it is priced right for me.
Old 20th March 2017
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I only stated my very own opinion which wasn´t insulting at all and which results in at least a little bit of attention for the product here because of the discussion.
If people release stuff, they have to live with a critital reception, no matter if it´s music, art or technology.

Above everyone can see what´s really worth to be called insulting, btw...
You're opinion of how the product functions isn't insulting, but your comparison to products that have nothing to do with what this does with a slam about price is. TDR makes compressors and eq's and Klanghelm doesn't make a product that does what this does. To slam them about price is just silly and to do this where people are announcing a new product is insulting.

Stick to your opinion please or make a comparison to products that may be similar. There are products that are in this space that are priced a lot higher, and unless you have real knowledge of what it takes to develop a product and bring it to market, please don't slam something on price. My opinion FWIW
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There are products that are in this space that are priced a lot higher, and unless you have real knowledge of what it takes to develop a product and bring it to market, please don't slam something on price. My opinion FWIW
There are indeed many competitive products around with a higher price tag (I own A LOT of them).

After intense testing my conclusion was that Aroma offered nothing new in comparison.

I never directly compared Aroma as a product to the TDR/ Klanghelm offers (even though SDRR partially fills the same niche and can deliver great results), as I already stated in post #17 and never "slammed" it on price.

I have a high respect for developers of hard- or software (you can verify that by reading other posts of mine) and if something new and exciting shows up, I´m always among the first to test and often buy it - no matter how high the price is.

For me, Aroma is no genuine development but a me-too product, which is ok if the price is right.

I admit that I can´t judge what´s under the hood but I usually recognize rocket science when I see/hear the results...
Old 29th March 2017
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Amazing what this plugin does, it should attract at leat 100 pages of hype. The analog character of this beast is in a league of its own. It can make mix sound more analog than my analog equipment if desired. You can really also increase RMS while peak levels remain intact and get super warm, glued sound. Superb work by the developer.

While HG-2 is a nice plugin, this sounds leaps and bounds better. And IMHO also much better than the whole Dave Hill line of plugins. I tried it after a friend suggested me to try it otherwise I would simply probably pass by this gem by accident. So glad I didn't. For me the best plugin in the last few years.
Old 29th March 2017
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Can cosign what Jantex said.
If it would be a release from the usual suspects we couldnt follow the thread as much as it would be praised.
Old 29th March 2017
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Very curious about this.
How is this plugin different from what say Fabfilter Saturn can do?
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Very curious about this.
How is this plugin different from what say Fabfilter Saturn can do?
Try it to realize. Saturn is great for sound design, while this one is gentle and really makes track sound finished. Really amazed, despite having Cranesong, Dave Hill and basically all the usual saturation suspects: Fabfilter, Slate, Waves, UAD,...this one is the most "make me sound finished and analog" out of all of them. And controls are simple and intuitive.

And mind you, I have a high respect for Dave Hill's work.
Old 29th March 2017
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thanks a lot! Sometimes I feel like I'm alone with these ideas
You're not alone. I haven't tried your plugin yet, but i like the gui. I prefer usable and neutral GUIs, that don't interfere with my perception of the sound, or add additional cognitive workload. I wish more developpers would do that.
Old 29th March 2017
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Not a big deal, but that would be neat if we could put down the output over 3 dBs to get a better level match..
this plugin is really something! imho
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