1982art – Gloria (Review)
At its first glance, Gloria looks like a radio-recever/vintage-amp from your grand father’s living room. Nevertheless, behind its large silver knobs, Gloria has an inventive functionality: The peak filters are a combination of two bells, one narrow and one broad. Now, the question is: How does it sound ?
The plugin includes 6 different filters: 1 HP, 2 Shelving, 2 peak, 1 LP. Another control button is offered for each, which are slope control for HP and LP, and frequency for the others. The plugin has also two different saturation mode.
How does it sound ?
First, the HP and LP and their slope controls are very effective. The cutting frequency are very flexible (no restriction due to pre-selected frequency) and slope button offers a good control of the contour. For mastering purpose, the control of high end and low end contour is a key parameter. This only very fact make Gloria useful.
For the shelving band, it’s Pretty straight forward; sound like most shelving filters I’ve heard until now.
Now, the delicate subject; Is the combination of bell curves is really a good idea ? Well, it depends. For sure, it won’t be adequate for every situation. I used it for a mastering application, I found that it could be useful in cases where exotic tonal balances could be tolerated. What I mean by that is fairly simple: The human ear usually prefers broader band when it is question of boasting frequency, and narrower band for cutting applications. In that case, no matter if you’re boosting or cutting, you’re stuck with this two-bells curve.
“The idea [of a combination of bells] is not bad by itself, but it should have been an option rather than an obligation.”
I think the use of this plugin is adequate when you need to spice a dead sound and make it shine a bit. In that case, I have to admit that the double curve approach can be interesting. You can then create a resonance frequency and boost the overall tone at the same time. In that way, I could gave a very good feeling to a very dull piano riff. I can imagine how this tool could be effective on an acoustic guitar track that needs to shine in a mix.
“[With Gloria], I could gave a very good feeling to a very dull piano riff. I can imagine how this tool could be effective on an acoustic guitar track that needs to shine in a mix.”
About the saturation modes, the B mode sounded more convincing to my ears than the A. It added something interesting to what I was working on.
In summary, Gloria is an interesting tool that can be useful in few cases, but would not fit as an go to equalizer on every inserts. It would have been a good idea to give more “freedom” to the user by letting him decide if he wants or not the two-bells option. I mean, it not a bad idea by itself, but it should have been an option rather than an obligation. The fact that every other equalizer could approach the same result by combining two different peak filters is reducing my interest toward this plugin; you will eventually have to select your go-to plugins and then stick to it. However, the the Gloria EQ with its B-Saturation mode sounded very good on the track I tested the plugin on and I have been able to give a completely different tone the track I was mastering because of this plugin. It helped me to see a different dimension of it. (Overall rating (4/5)
“The fact that every other equalizer could approach the same result by combining two different peak filters is reducing my interest toward this plugin; you will eventually have to select your go-to plugins and then stick to it.”
- The overall sound is pleasing;
- The combination of two bells for the peak filter is an interesting idea, and an innovation by itself;
- The HP and LP filters gives good controls on low end and high end contour;
- B-Saturation mode gave a good spark to my mix.
- This two-bells thing should have been an option rather than an obligation;
- Not adequate for every application