Flux - Solera

This new Audio Compressor / Processor looks interesting.

From the homepage:
After the users of Pyramix audio stations praised Solera to the skies, it was time to offer the Flux:: products to all audio addicts. Flux:: is happy to announce the availability of Solera plug-in at VST and RTAS formats for both Mac and PC.

Solera comes from 10-years-long cogitation about compression, dynamic, loudness.

How to make a compressor, which can add loudness whilst keeping some airiness in the sound, which retains fast transients, subtle distinction and undertone ?

How to make a processor that can retrieve lost dynamic ? Or just to be able to add contrast, to increase low-level ambiance or to sharpen the sound etc… How can we imagine processing the dynamic without taking into account the sound Level ? How to compress the sound steadily without losing the “nuance” and pumping ? And so on.

Solera tries to answer all these questions.

Solera is the flagship of the Flux:: Dynamic Processor family. It is primarily designed for mastering and re-mastering applications. However, it can also be used as a regular dynamic processor for superior sonic quality and distortion free operations.

Every Flux:: Dynamic Processor plug-in uses some exclusive algorithms that endow it with an incredibly clear and natural sound.

More details

Solera implements 4 different detectors and envelop generators in parallel and simultaneously :
compressor, de-compressor, expander and de-expander which can all be independently switched
on or off and implement an activity display next to their controls.
For each you can set the threshold, the ratio and a knee.In addition,
here are some of the key features that make our plug-in the best available
for dynamic processing in the digital domain :

* An analog like metering. RMS values are more useful than dB-fs when setting a dynamic processor.

* The "Angel's Share" parameter takes into account the signal for intelligent relaxation of the compressor action.

* The "Hysteresis" parameter allows compressing and de-compressing, independently of the sound level and can be mixed with the standard compression scheme.

* The Auto Release features an unique algorithm that avoids typical pumping effect.

* A delay line can be inserted in the signal path to produce a null attack time.

* The A/B Compare and Morphing section enables ultra fast and precise operations.


Solerais a wine making technique: A solera is way of fractional blending for wine, closely paralleling the making of sherry or Malaga.
A solera consists of several rows of stacked oak barrels with the oldest wine in the bottom row and the most recently made at the top.
At bottling, about one-third of the wine in the bottom row is removed and wine from the row just above replaces it and soon, until reaching the top row,
which is replenished with new wine. The concept behind a solera is to make a wine that remains consistent year to year.

Angel’s Shareis a term used for Armagnac, cognac, wisky… that part of the spirit that evaporates during the process of aging.
Price: €470