Sonible has announced that the Balancer spectral balancing plugin is available as a free download for a limited time.
Balancer was developed by Sonible, in collaboration with Focusrite. It is based on Sonible’s unique smart:engine algorithms that were also used as the backbone for the smart:comp, smart:EQ 2, and smart:EQ live plugins.
Balancer uses a set of smart algorithms and A.I. learning to level out the spectral balance of a mix in a matter of seconds. It is available in VST, VST3, AU, and AAX plugin formats for digital audio workstations on PC and Mac. Both 32-bit and 64-bit plugin hosts are supported.
The plugin features a streamlined user interface with a few editable parameters. The user can select the desired audio analysis algorithm based on the characteristics of the input signal.
Once selected, the user should also choose one of the three available sound character options (Warm, Neutral, or Bright). Clicking the Learn button will let the Balancer collect detailed information about the audio material on the input. After that, the user can use the Intensity slider to apply the right amount of the tonal balancing curve suggested by Balancer’s A.I. technology.
Although I don’t believe that an A.I. solution applied to the master bus can substitute a proper mix performed by a skilled mixing engineer, plugins like Balancer are undeniably helpful.
Such effects can be used as a quick spectral balancing tool for projects that need to be done quickly, or even as a learning aid for music producers who want to compare their mixes to professionally mixed and mastered tracks. Also, the Balancer plugin can work well as a subtle tonal balancing effect for an already well-mixed project.
Sonible Balancer can be downloaded completely free of charge from the developer’s website
until April 13th, 2020. Simply complete the free checkout process to claim your copy of the plugin. A valid email address is required to sign up and activate your Sonible account.
Once you’ve completed the checkout process, the Balancer license key will be stored in your Sonible user account permanently.
Just make sure to claim your free copy before April 13th.
UPDATE (December 12th, 2020): Sonible Balancer is still free to download. The initial end date for the free download offer was April 13th, 2020. However, you can still download Balancer completely free of charge from the product page linked below.
More info: Sonible Balancer (57.2 MB download size, ZIP archive containing EXE installer, 32-bit & 64-bit VST/VST3/AU/AAX plugin format for Windows & macOS)