I then zoned in on the kick sample with the matching profile in the plugin, which pleasingly has 10 EQ options available. These are really fun to mess around with; within seconds, my sample sounded like the foundation for a drum and bass track.
And as you’d hope, you have all the possibility of making your kicks as vicious or as subtle as possible, especially with the ‘Par Smooth’ and ‘Par Power’ settings. There’s almost a danger of getting lost in EQing a single kick for an hour – it’s that effortless and enjoyable.
The snare profile takes this even further with four more EQ options, ranging from ‘EQ Low’ up to ‘EQ High’. And better yet, there are three reverb options — the ‘B’ option in particular can achieve a big, resounding reverb on your snare.
Excellent stuff from a product that makes no claims of being a reverb plugin. The EQs are, again, wonderful, almost giving you the sense of loosening or tightening up a snare in real life. The “album-ready sounds” quote does come to mind, as I almost couldn’t believe how sleek and polished the snare sound I found on the internet was sounding almost immediately.
And finally, with there being an electric piano instrument profile, it would feel rude not to test out a synth sound. I fired up one of Logic’s Alchemy patches, so bear in mind this was a case of matching up a free synth sound with the Chiccarelli touch.
With the EQ settings alone, you can almost pretend you have a lovely old analogue synthesiser in front of you and are manually adjusting its sound, or even flicking through a few of its presets.
Especially when I contrasted having the Drive, Power and Punch off versus fully cranked up, it’s truly impressive that you can achieve so much with the carefully curated, minimal options. I particularly enjoyed that I was able to mimic some analogue warmth to the instrument, especially when you emphasise the low frequencies with the EQ.
Chiccarelli himself recommends using this plugin first in a chain of effects, and this is solid advice. This Signature plugin works brilliantly also as a foundation for other effects to spring out of — just be sure to get the Chiccarelli sound you want first before moving onto the next plugin. That said, it can also excel as the final effect in a chain to apply that final touch.
This is another fantastic contribution from the small team at Leapwing Audio, and you can tell its earnest sessions with Mr Chiccarelli have paid off to the point of giving us laypeople something very close to his legendary setup at our fingertips.