Prohomemusic brings you Oscillot Audio Perspective review, the latest gem in town. Good times are indeed here! Don’t you just love the unlimited possibilities made available by modern DSP technologies? We all know how much referencing can help get a better mix. Now you don’t need to have a car to do the trusty old ‘car test’ for your final mix check, nor do you necessarily have to buy those additional pairs of monitors for referencing purpose. In fact, they’ll just take up more room in your working space and probably make things more clumsy. Those were the thoughts of the developers at Oscillot Audio, led by the CEO – Mat Keselman when they developed “perspective”. I love it when plugin developers think outside the box to bring us groundbreaking products, and Perspective is the latest revolutionary plugin in the game.
Enter the world of unlimited referencing possibilities, with not only the virtual simulation of several types and variations of spaces, but also of different playback output sources. Imagine having the opportunity to listen to your mix not just in a car, but two different types of vehicles. How do you want it; SUV, hatcback? Or on various monitor speakers you wish you own; Focal Twin, Neumann KH 120, KRK Rockits, Genelec 8040, mix cubes, and a lot more. All which where wittily labelled because of, you know why. LOL. Of course, the effectiveness of this plug-in and others of its kind will depend primarily on the speakers you are using it with, and the studio room treatment. If you own a “shitty” pair of speakers, then using such tool is just a fools errand. Just like watching a 4k video on a low definition LCD TV.
So, it will take a pair of fairly transparent high definition speakers with reasonable frequency response that spans from the highest highs, to the lowest lows (around 45 Hz to 18 KHz) or better to get the best results. Oscillot considered this point while making the plugin, so they put a menu to select your physical speakers. I own the Yamaha HS8, which is fair enough. So I was still in the ballpark of the worthy users. Plus I know the sound of it very well, so I know how much the plugin is “effecting” some reference musics I also know well.
The cool features
The monitor selection menus have these various drop-downs labeled in Capital letters H, A, B, and C. The H(Hardware) placed at the upper part of the interface has a drop-down menu that lets you select your own physical speaker. Choosing your physical speaker helps Perspective to automatically compensate for its sonic behavior while simulating the desired speakers/space. If you can’t find your speakers there, select ‘No Speaker’ which is a generic setting (more speaker profiles will be added in future updates). The drop-down menus A, B, and C below it are for selecting your desired speakers. The stage section displays the images of your desired speakers and the selector buttons A, B, C, to switch between each one of them. Above those are volume trim knobs for level matching. Other features that can be quite useful in a mixing session included are the special talkback and traffic ambience features, a mono button for mono compatibility mix checks, dim, subwoofer controls, and so much more. Hence, perspective is packed with other handy features aside the primary one.
The installation was pretty straightforward. Though the initial installer was buggy on some systems, Oscillot swiftly provided an update that fixed all that. An evidence of top notch customer support. The authorization was as smooth as breeze. No dongles, just insert the license key and you are done. Opening it, it has a very lovely UI, with well laid out menu. The first obvious step was to test it with my previous reference mixes whose sounds I’m used to. I browsed through the several speakers simulations in there to find the suitable ones. I found three that sounded different in characters and started switching between those. After some detailed listening, i figured some minor details that can be tweaked to make the mix better. I made some EQ and volume decisions that weren’t so obvious previously.
Making very slight adjustments with the plugin on while switching around made the original mix with perspective bypassed a tad cleaner and more balanced. I was able to tighten up the low end after removing some discreet “muffles” that got obvious after using some perspective profiles. Like I said earlier, I own a pair of the Yamaha HS8 (codenamed Japan modern 8), and they worked well with the Focal twin, Genelec 8040 and Neumann KH 120 profiles the most to reveal things.
I know some of you doubt the efficiency of these sorts of plugins, as these type of plugins cannot totally replace the experience of listening on another speaker set. Well, according to Oscillot this plugin was created through years-long painstaking research, which helped to closely simulate the frequency response and EQ curves of the modelled speakers. For example, the signatory sound of the “yellow coned” Rockits sounded familiar when referencing the profile. Pretty similar.
Also, in recreating the known character of the legendary Yamaha NS10, they craftily recreated the filtered high and low frequencies, thus shifting the focus on the quality of the midrange. Monitoring and checking your mix with this particular settings will help you concentrate on the midrange to make it shine more. We all know that the midrange has the most prominent frequencies that determine how well your mixes shine. Of course you will have to check with the plugin bypassed time to time, so as not to focus on the midrange at the detriment of other frequencies.
Overall, Oscillot perspective is is a useful tool that can come in handy while trying to get your mix right. From my test so far, it is much more than a simple EQ-curves mimicking process. There’s definitely more to it because the transient response in various speaker profiles differ accordingly. After all, Oscillot stated that if Perspective allows for a particular combination (Hardware speaker to desired speaker), the resulting sound is that of the desired speaker having an accuracy of more than 80 dB cancellation in null testing with the real thing. The additional features are a plus, while talkback feature alone is worth the price tag. You can even use the plugin as a creative effect a la Audioease’s Speakerphone, by using the “smartphone” or “laptop speakers” profile. There are lots of possibilities with this plugin, so it’s definitely worth acquiring.
• Windows 7 or later (32 and 64-bit)
• Dual-Core Intel or AMD Processor (Quad-Core recommended), 4GB RAM
• Plugin Formats: VST2, VST3, AAX
• macOS 10.7 or later (32 and 64-bit)
• Dual-Core Intel Processor (Quad-Core recommended), 4GB RAM
• Plugin Formats: AudioUnit, VST2, VST3, AAX
Demo available on official website : http://www.oscillotaudio.com/
You might also want to learn how to set up reference track inside your DAW for easy A/B comparison.