Back in 2000/2001, I did an apprenticeship at an auto body shop with an awesome bodyman named Rocket. He showed me the ropes, taught me welding and plastic and frame work and hundreds of little tricks to un-crashing cars. One day he bought me a $100 ratchet from the Snap-on truck. I stayed in the trade for 5+years and bought myself a whole mess of tools. That ratchet saw action every day, and I still use it on my bikes.
This plugin is kind of like that. It’s Krazy glue and duct tape and touch-up paint in a travel case. For seventy bucks, you get a nice parametric EQ, two compressors, a very nice saturator, a multiband gate, a de-esser and an exciter, all with flexible routing and monitoring for each module. The gate alone is worth the price of admission. There’s a lot of expensive, overhyped shit out there, and I hate gear talk, but once in a while it’s just like damn, this is a nice tool. It sees action on every production that comes out of the lab.
The guy behind Voxengo is a very serious Russian dude named Alexey Vaneev and his plugins have stupid names, but they are all well-designed and sound great. When he goes on vacation (like right now) the whole place shuts down. He’s basically the corner bodega of nice effects and it’s good to have him on the block.