Oeksound Release Bloom: An Adaptive Tone Shaper

Oeksound’s first release in four years, Bloom, an adaptive tone shaper, continues their trend of efficient algorithm and musical processing plugins. 

Finland-based developers oeksound, have announced the availability of Bloom, an adaptive tone shaper.

Bloom analyzes the character of a signal and applies corrections to the perceived tonal balance for a more even and refined sound. 

It also lets the user shape the tone and character of a track, for example, by adding warmth, brightness, or clarity. Any tonal adjustments are dynamic and context-aware. The design is aimed to make the plug-in quick and intuitive to use while keeping the material sounding natural, even when making radical changes.

Bloom is the most complex processor oeksound has built to date. Its development consisted of two years of critical listening, refining the algorithm, and iterating user interactions. 

The obvious crossover here is with EQs and multiband compressors. However, Bloom does not use frequency bands (and the crossovers they entail), and its behavior constantly adjusts based on the input signal.

What’s Bloom good for?

Bloom can quickly shape individual tracks to create a cohesive mix. It can be equally effective as a bus processor, working well both on groups and in mastering contexts.

Bloom can be used as a problem-solver – evening out inconsistencies in a sound – or for creative tone shaping.

Not a One Size Fits All

Bloom is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Four-tone controls let the user quickly adjust the processing to taste. These sliders change the overall tonal balance that Bloom is working towards, rather than making absolute cuts or boosts as found in an EQ. An additional squash range engages a form of frequency-dependent compression. Other features include attack and release controls, mid/side functionality, and low latency mode.

Bloom is oeksound’s first studio plug-in in four years, following Soothe (2016), Spiff (2018), and Soothe2 (2020). Its philosophy is similar to that of oeksound’s previous plug-ins, which use highly efficient algorithms tuned by ear to shape audio quickly and musically.

Bloom costs 199 € / $209 / £169. A free 20-day trial is available at oeksound.com.

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14th March, 2024