Professional Sound - February 2018 - Page 23

Exponential Audio Stratus & Symphony Reverb Plug-Ins By Ryan McCambridge Y ou may not have heard of Exponen- tial Audio, and in telling you, I may be breaking some sort of Masonic audiophile code. Their plug-ins are like a secret handshake amongst audio professionals. Those who know, know. If you’re feeling out of the loop, rest as- sured that you at least indirectly know Michael Carnes, who is the lifeblood of Exponential Au- dio, through his nearly 25-year career at Lexicon developing some of the most iconic digital reverbs out there. Carnes started Exponential Audio in 2012 and has since become a leader in reverb plug-in development. PhoenixVerb and R2, along with their surround counterparts, have become indispensable tools to many mixers, especially those in post-production. But with advancements in immersive formats and new ground being covered with their NIMBUS and R4 stereo reverbs, Exponential Audio has now released Stratus and Symphony, very likely the most sophisticated surround reverbs available. The Basics Both Stratus and Symphony will run as 64-bit AAX, AU, VST, or VST3 plug-ins and though they are natively surround reverbs supporting mono though to 7.1 channel formats, they have 3D versions as well, which handle immersive for- mats like Atmos and Auro-3D. Choices are very limited for reverbs that work in 3D formats; in fact, I’m not sure of any other plug-in reverb that was designed at its inception to be an “im- mersive” reverb. Even still, each of the re fW&'>( 6V2&RFR6'&VFVB66vrFP6Vf&Bb7F6Rb7G&GW2 7v( B6W"FR6VBv60VgVvVFVƗfW&rVFRf&G2खW6P2vFWVFVF( 2&WfW2vVЦW&Fb7W'&VB&WfW&'27G&GW2B7Ч&RFffW&VFFVB'FV"v&F0B6VǒFV"W'6R7G&GW>( 6W7G'2FW&fVBg&%U2BV旅fW&"f7W6rGW&W72B&V7&VFr76W067W&FVǒ7FRFW"Bfw2FR#BB#"ƖVvRv6&RW6B6&Rb&6GVFB6'W6rvRFW7Fr7B7G&GW26FP'6FRFRF7F7F2&WGvVVFRGvvW&R'fW2B6VB6VRVVRƖ6ЧF2f"&F6&W26FW27f"W6PvFW62B66&RB7G&GW2f"fWBFwVR'WB^( 26V6FFRF@֗W'2fRfVB7V66W72FR6FR0vF7V7G2b֗rFR6FVBF7FFW0v6F2&R&W7BW6VB'WB'&Fǒ7VЦrvVB6FB7vVB6PVG2vW&RFW&R2VVv76Rf FR&WfW&"G6VbF&RG2vVVVBFP֗7G&GW2FRFW"BvVB&R&WGFW f"7V'FWGvW&R^( &RBV6W76&ǒG'pFG&rƗ7FVW.( 2GFVFFFR&WfW&"F0b6W'6RFW6( BVFBFRfW'6R6( @&R6WfVCvWfW"72FVfFVǐ( &vvW.( &WfW&"v66VB6VR&VrF7V'7FFBVffV7FVBf"6R6GVF276FffW&VFFW2G6VbvFG0vFr&ƗFW2B( g&VW^( gV7FFB6খfFVǒ7W7FFR&WfW&"Ff"FW&W7FpVffV7G27G&GW2B7&R6&Rbখ7&VF&RVBbF&rF2V2F@FRVW&wbFR&WfW&"6&Rf7W6VB&6V@W"֗rVVG2BVVVG2bFP&WfW&"6&RVFVBvF7W'&6pVBb7V6f6GF26VFW2w&V 6G&fW"&FFRV&ǒ&VfV7F2v6&\*Gv6R2FV6R2V旅fW&%7W'&V@B#%7W'&VB2vV2FR&WfW&"FF0WfVbFWFFRV&ǒ&VfV7F2V0vF&VƗ6F&VvF&V7F67W&7BfW&W'7V7FfRvFFR&WfW&"F02&VǒvW&RFRWfWFbFvF&WfW"Ц&W&FƖW2ऒ6( BWFƖRWfW'&WFW"FB6F"FR&WfW&"'WB6FRg&bFR&VЧFfVǒ6fVF&WfW&"gV7F27G&GW0B7fR6R&vffW&w2&FVr֖2fRvGFFW7FVBf"FP&WfW&"Fv667&VFR6RFW&W7FpvFVrVffV7G2'WB76FG2vGF6ƖFW"FFRV&ǒ&VfV7F2FW&R&P6fW'WFV6fRUF2f"FRV&ǐ&VfV7F2BF2vV2FFFWBfFW"v66FB6&GFFR&WfW& '&VwVFrFR6֖rg&WVV6W2FRWB26RbFRf&P6W&6W2f"WrFR( F7W&W72( v67&VFW2FW&7F&WGvVVFR6W&6RBFP&WfW&"'GFVVFrFR&WfW&"WfV&6VBFR6֖r6vF2V2Ff7W0FR6W&6R'֗FvFr&WfW&"v6@ǒW6rFR&WfW&"WfVWvVFP6vG6Vb6( B&W6VBFWfFrgW'FW"g&G6&WfW& 7W7F֗F7G&GW2B7fP( v'( 6V7F2FBW6R6&W76"Ɩ֗FW"&B7'W6W"f"&VGV6r&BFWFBfW&G&fR6&7VBvF6WfW&ffW'0bF7F'FB6GW&FFW6RgV7F0vW&RFFVBFvfR6&7FW"BrFPW6W"F7&VFRrfFVƗGfFvRVVF07FRbFRG&6267F6FbFW6P&WfW&'2FV6WGFrB7B72&R6f&R&Fbv6&RG6òvWfW"FRFFFb&RFV72w2FR&RЦFVF&R6WB2FRFf6FFR6WB 76VBFVWfFrFRVVBFW6RFVFR67VF"&W76fRWGFrbגVvFfR2&B6VV27BfBvfVr6rЦf6BFW&RFRuT2&RFW6vVBF&PgV7FVff'BFr66Ɩr@֖֗R5RFVBVFFVǒ&W7V7@FBWVFVF( 2Vff'G2vW&RW@Fv&G27V7G2FB&VǒGFW"'WBF6Prf"&VWFgVǒ&VFW&VB&Gv&P5E$EU054@6WvBfBBW&RF22W&fV7FǐfRג&2'WBFW&R&RfWrgV7F0FBvW&V( BVFFVǒ'fW2FV"FRЧ6vb6W'6RFBv2֗FvFVBFR&RW6VBFRVr֖26RW6W'2֖vB6fBFW6R&WfW&'0fW'vV֖rFVvFW&R&RFF2FVWV6&WFW"BWЦ6WF&W6WG2v66&R6V&6VB@6FVv&VBFVv7G&GW2B7琦&RBFW6vVBf"f6W2F6RvƖrFWBFRFRvFFVv&R&Wv&FVB7V'N( 27W'&6RFBWVFVF2&RЦ6R7FR7B&GV7F֗r'@bvBW2FW6R&WfW&'26W6WF2FBWVFVF2RbFRfWp6W2FB6VV2Ff7W2G27W'&V@&GV7G22V62FV"7FW&V6VFW''G2bB&R6&R'FFǒ6&W0&V6v旦W2FB&WfW&"2ƗfRB6VW2B0&RFW7BV2b'Ff6ǒ&V7&VBЦr76RR62r&WfW&"2&VrW6VB֗rBvfW2W2F2FB&R2FF&P2FR6FVB2FfW'6Rञ( BRf"G&F27FFVVG2'WBfRFvfR7&VFBvW&RN( 2GVS7G&GW2@7fW'vV&RFR&W7B6VFpB7B6&VV6fR&WfW&"Vr֖2fЦ&RFW&R66V&ǒFR7V֖Fb6&VW"FVF6FVBFFR7V6f26VvW2`FvF&WfW&&W&FBVFRg&ǒFW&R7GVr6WfVVBFBv6W'Fǐ&VFRVƗGb7W'&VBBW'6fP֗W2f"V'2F6R'46'&FvR2g&VV6R&GV6W"w&FW"*BVvVW"v6R7&VFG26VFR'W6&&G2bFBv72FvW"R2FVv@6VBFW6vB&GV7FBv&60BVfW'6FW2B2FRg&Fb6W 6Ɨ6*f"&Rf&Ff6@wwr'66'&FvR6L*wwr6W&6Ɨ66$dU544TB#