Below we’ll take a look at Soundgoodizer, a simple to use, one-knob plugin that can enhance your individual tracks.
At the top of the plugin, you’ll see that it says “Powered By Maximus.” Maximus is a multiband processor that can be used to master your project or mix individual tracks or busses. If you open up Maximus in FL Studio, you’ll be able to access the same Soundgoodizer presets, “A, B, C and D.” There, you’ll get a better understanding of what exactly Soundgoodizer is doing to your tracks. It’s a combination of compression, limiting, saturation and stereo manipulation. The purpose of Soundgoodizer is to simplify and highlight the multitude of controls inside of Maximus into one wet/dry knob within 4 presets.
Preset A has a 3 band-split divided into lows, mids and high frequencies. You’ll hear an immediate enhancement in the mids and highs because the leveling of this preset lowers the low frequencies and increases the other two bands, with the high band being increased the most. However, you still may hear an enhancement in the low end because the stereo width is completely collapsed to mono, which can tighten up things like sub, bass, 808s and kick drums. The mid-range is actually slightly spread out into the stereo field, while the highs are left as is. Both the low and high band have some saturation, which will add more harmonics, giving the sense of more fullness to the sound. Plus, each band has slight compression with the high and low band utilizing the limiting function in Maximus. Keep in mind, the more you drive the signal into the plugin with overall volume, the more you’ll saturate and compress the sound. Use the volume knob in the channel rack or insert a plugin with volume control, like Fruity Balance or Fruity Panomatic, ahead of Soundgoodizer to adjust those levels. The overall “master” control in this preset has additional saturation and compression over all three bands. Use the main knob in Soundgoodizer to balance between the original sound with the effects of Soundgoodizer. Out of all of the presets, this is probably the only one I would consider putting on a bus track or possibly fitting into a slot in the middle of your mastering chain. It’s still probably best to use only on individual tracks, but feel free to experiment!
Preset B mainly utilizes the saturation and stereo field controls. The individual bands don’t use compression or limiting, but the overall “master” setting has slight compression and saturation, again depending on how hard you drive the signal into Soundgoodizer. The low band isn’t completely merged to mono, but is less stereo and the mid-band is slightly stereoized, while the high band is left alone, just like in preset A. So you might not notice as much stereo enhancement than you did in preset A. For the most part, you’ll hear extreme saturation/distortion in the lows and highs with this preset. This preset could work well on synth sounds that need more warmth or grit to the sound.
Preset C reintroduces compression with all three bands and includes the same limiting in the lows and highs as Preset A. It also shares the same type of stereo field settings as Preset A, just slightly less mono in the low end, which may not be noticeable compared to Preset B. The biggest difference is the there is a dramatic increase in overall levels of all 3 bands with the mid-range being the most prominent. There is some compression on the “master” setting. This could work well with pianos, strings, or guitars. Just be careful with the leveling, both going in and out of the plugin.
Preset D has no split bands. It’s basically just a compressor that goes into a master limiter. There is no stereo manipulation and no saturation being utilized. This setting could be used to simply control the dynamics of any track. Again, be careful with the volume going in and out of this preset.
Overall, this plugin is a quick way to enhance a wide variety of tracks. If you’re wanting to use it for mastering, I recommend using Maximus instead, even if you’re wanting to use one of these presets. By loading up the same preset inside of Maximus, you’ll have more control over what you’re trying to achieve in your overall sound. Otherwise, test each of the presets on different types of sounds to really get a feel for what each is capable of.