Howard Benson Vocals v1.0.4 Now Available

Howard Benson Vocals v1.0.4 update is now available. See below for what's new...

What's New?

New Features

  • Added an 'Opto' Compression Mode to the Vocals Module (inspired by Howard's favorite vocal compressor).
  • Added 'Ducking' for Echo and Space modules (screw - at the bottom of each module).
  • New Factory Presets utilizing new features in v1.0.4 (Joe Rickard).
  • New Collaborator Presets utilizing new features in v1.0.4 (Ashley Smith, Robin Leijon).
  • Updated Manual.
  • Updated contextual help descriptions.


  • Mono input crash.
  • [Space] Fixed variable buffer size issues (FL Studio).


  • Added suffixes to knobs.
  • Use “dB” instead of “%” for Input knob (UI only).
  • Optimized plugin loading time and installer size.
  • Updated background (removed smudges in the Space module).
  • Updated (UI) Toolbar/Preset Manager.
  • Windows installer now signed.

A Note From Howard

I am happy to add a new update for the Howard Benson Vocals plugin. I have received a lot of input for various options, and these two were far and above the most requested.

First, a "ducking" option has been added to the delay and reverb modules. It involves controlling the level of reverb or delay effect in response to the input signal. The purpose of ducking is to create a clearer mix by reducing the amount of the effect during moments of high signal activity, such as when the vocal or instrument is active. By automatically attenuating the reverb or delay during these moments, ducking helps maintain clarity and ensures that the vocal or instrument remains prominent in the mix.

Secondly, optical compression is now an option. Inspired by the characteristics of optical circuitry, this compression method algorithm reproduces the effect a light source and a photo resistor combine to control the dynamics of an audio signal. In various sought after old analog compressors the input signal passes through the optical elements, causing the light intensity to vary. This light modulation directly affects the response of a photoresistor, which in turn adjusts the gain reduction applied to the signal. The result is a smooth and transparent compression effect that adds warmth, subtle coloration, and musicality to the audio. Optical compression tames dynamic range, enhances the sustain of instruments, and imparts a vintage analog character to digital recordings.

Howard Benson