Voxengo is a one man plug-in developer (Aleksey) who has been making highly respected, affordable plug-ins for years.
All of his plug-ins are great, but we only use two of his products for mastering: Elephant and LF Max Punch.
Voxengo’s Elephant is an old favourite amongst mastering engineers. Although inexpensive, it quickly gained a reputation as one of the best limiters in the business.
The reason is simple: it’s endlessly tweakable. It can be incredibly transparent or very coloured depending on how you set it up. It takes a long time to learn how to treat the endless parameters, but once you get to know it, Elephant can do pretty much any kind of limiting you want.
It’s not always the right tool for the job (that’s why we also have Fabfilter Pro-L, Izotope Ozone, Sonnox Limiter and TC Brickwall) but if you were to have only one limiter, we’d definitely recommend this one.
LF MAX PUNCH
Voxengo LF Max Punch bass enhancerLF Max Punch is a bass management plug-in offering saturation, sub generation, one knob compression and mono making for low frequencies.
It’s a tremendously powerful tool and one that can easily ruin a mix if over-used. We find it useful for beefing up and/or replacing low end using the saturation and sub generator and blending it in using the mix control to stop it becoming overbearing.
It can put warmth back into thin sounding recordings, and make kick drums slam where EQ is not enough.
Like most specialised plug-ins, LF Max Punch is rarely used, but when it is it’s invaluable.