Voxengo Teote - Automatic Spectral Balancing eq - Review!

Voxengo Teote is a plugin which will auto improve the sound of your mix by adjusting it to a proven, pleasant sounding sound mold.
I’ll show you in the video below how it sounds and works so you’ll know if this will fit your workflow.
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Voxengo Teote

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By definition, Teote is a spectral mix balancing tool which is a sort of dynamic equalizer but it uses only multiband dynamics processing.  
TEOTE” means “That’s Easier On The Ear”.

I say that Teote Operates Smoothly and Soothens your audio.

The plugin auto adjusts your audio to the spectral profile you set here.
This profile is that pleasing sound mold I mentioned.

The plugin works well on master tracks and both individual tracks and group busses.

And with just the plugin on every track, without any tweaking, 
 it will already improve the entire audio on every track.

How does Teote work?

Teote adjusts the overall loudness per band based on momentary level measurements,
very similar to what the LUFS loudness does.

The number of bands can be set from a very low 3 bands to 64 bands and with that you can dial in how precise you want the plugin to operate.
Increasing the number of bands will also increase the CPU usage.

Voxengo Teote

 

On the left side you have the dynamics section which works somewhat like you would expect from a compressor and expander.

The boost threshold is your threshold so to speak and best used with more dynamic material.
If you crank it you can easily over compress your audio.
The base attack and base release is the attack and release time settings.
What is interesting with Voxengo Teote is that this doesn’t set one attack and release for every band.
But the lowest frequencies get the slowest attack and release time.
And with increasing frequencies, every band get’s a slighter shorter attack and release time which results in a natural sound.

The channel link sets the linking between the audio channels, best left close to 100 for natural result.
Having linking to 0 can result in weird artifacts since every channel is processed independently of eachother.

“Hi Timing” works like the compression ratio of a compressor and you can set how the plugin estimates the loudness.
Every preset will have a different sound, it helps to experiment here.

With mastering you enable a special mastering mode, which is gentler with processing.

 

The right side:

On the right side you’ll find the eq spectrum profiles and you change the slope of the profiles.
-4.5 is standard
By turning the dial down you get more of an increase in low and turning it up will give you more higher frequencies.
With Voxengo Teote this is handy to get an overall sound
It also works on individual tracks to create a more open mix when you dials these in differently for different tracks.

The room dip is meant to counteract mixing unbalances mistakes you can get due to poor acoustics and will enable a wide eq 2,5dB dip. This ones also works nice to again create room in for instance guitar to bring out vocal or drums, to remove some honkeyness.
You have a hi and low pass as well, this helps cleaning up your audio and you can switch between a smooth 6dB per octave or more steep 12dB per octave roll off.

If you feel like you only want to process a certain part of the frequencies you can enable apply to range.
The hi and low cut will then serve to set the low and hi frequency points of this frequency area.

 

The fx is your dry wet mix control. So if you have set the plugin to work pretty extreme, it helps to blend in some of the original dry signal.

I preferred the plugin to be used as preparation for further mixing.
It helps to smoothen frequencies out so further mixing is easier.

If you want to know a few alternatives:
Check out the Baby Audio Smooth Operator, Gullfoss and Soothe 2 reviews on the White Noise Studio youtube channel.