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Sonnox Inflator

Sonnox Oxford Inflator

3.85 3.85 out of 5, based on 3 Reviews

If you want to make your tracks sound loud then this is the plugin you need.

12th January 2012

Sonnox Oxford Inflator by fearoftigers

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.5
Sonnox Inflator

I stumbled across the Inflator whilst on the lookout for a more transparant clipper.

The clipper I had been using often added some undesirable elements and I wanted something cleaner and less noticeable.

The Inflator instantly blew me away, first with it's ease of use and second with its almost effortless ability to raise the perceived loudness of any audio signal.

The controls are very simple indeed with two sliders, one for 'effect level' and one 'curve'.

There is also a band split button which I've found smoothes out the processing on certain signals.

There's certainly no rocket science to using this plugin, just see how much you can crank the signal without it distorting. If you're processing individual channels then this is probably all the way.

On the master bus, I've found this plugin works really well between the EQ and the limiter to give it that really loud flavour.

In summary, if you're looking for loudness then this is the plugin for you.

25th June 2014

Sonnox Oxford Inflator by Tommy Zai

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.75
Sonnox Inflator

*Disclaimer: I'm a songwriter, producer, and educator. My writing style may read like a billboard ad, but my user review is sincere and authentic. I only appraise a product I consider extraordinary, hence the high rating. I don't work for the developer. In fact, I rarely work at all. :-) I hope you find my review useful. — Tommy Zai

Inflator by Sonnox is a unique loudness expander plugin that adds dynamic punch to tracks without crushing them into lifeless road-kill. I’m not exactly sure what goes on under the hood, but everything I run through Inflator simply sounds better. It not only increases the perceived loudness, it also adds a pleasing touch of vintage tube-ish warmth, harmonics, and presence without oversaturation! It can add harmonics or remain clean, depending on how much of the Curve parameter is used. Inflator can be used on virtually anything and in many ways, depending upon the user’s workflow. I mostly use it when mixing drums hits, percussive loops, bass, and vocals (just a touch). I also use it when mastering. I have read reports of users placing Inflator in various positions in their FX chain, i.e., after the limiter, or on sub-groups or the master. In general, I think it’s best to position this plugin at the end of the chain to avoid clipping, unwanted overtones, etc.


  • Attractive, user-friendly interface
  • Simple, yet powerful
  • Fantastic algorithms
  • Real-time processing
  • No compression pumping
  • Nice price considering the pro quality
  • Innovative, responsive developers

  • I can see why many professionals call Inflator their “secret weapon.”
  • Less is more. In my summary below, I use a salt analogy. A little makes things tasty and too much causes sickness and death. Well, the only thing you could kill here is your audio track by making it sound a bit harsh, but there is no need. Just the right amount of inflator will breathe life into whatever audio you run through it!
  • Dongle (PACE iLok), but well worth the port IMO.

Inflator is a rare plugin. Once you use it — you can’t live without it. It simply makes everything sound better. It’s a touch of salt on potatoes. There are many plugins available that make music louder, compressed, excited, colored, etc., but Inflator does something unique by increasing the overall sound character and quality without beating down or adding unwanted stuff. To quote another reviewer, “The Inflator is more about "density. The best uses for the Inflator are fairly subtle enhancement of audio sources.” Inflator is easy to use, powerful, sounds great, and is a great $ value. What more could I ask for? I’m very happy and proud to be a registered user. I highly recommend Inflator to any eMusician, producer, film or game scorer, DJ, etc. for any kind of music. Tommy Zai gives Inflator two LOUD, punchy thumbs up. Thank you, Sonnox, for creating such an indispensable plugin.

19th December 2015

Sonnox Oxford Inflator by bace

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 2 out of 5
  • Features 1 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 2 out of 5
  • Overall: 2.25
Sonnox Inflator

This software is a classical plug-in so I bought it on a sale. But it might be a little to classical. It uses only VST2.4 and in a cubase view that is vintage! It does not affect the soundquality, but it is missing performance enhancements, and mostly it does not integrate with quick-controls and ai-knobs. That makes the work-flow poor and take down the score a lot for this plug-in. But the effect/curve is a very nice one trick pony.

The support is not responding at all. I had a issue with the registration. They have still not responded, but I got it to work anyway. They only way I have heard from them is that they send advertisement for new products. And for that I for sure say no thanks.

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