Tonal is the official blog of Goodhertz.co, the makers of Vulf Compressor (and many other excellent plugins).

Here on the blog you’ll find interviews with artists, articles about our research, tips and tricks for getting incredible sounds, and much more.

Henry Goodhertz

Tonal is a website edited & designed in Los Angeles, California by the staff of Goodhertz, Inc.. Type is set in Messer, an in-development typeface by Inga Plönnigs. Miscellaneous emphases are set in Hobeaux and Covik Sans Mono, both by James Edmondson of OHno Type Co. Code is written in Javascript.


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    Black Lives Matter
    June 2, 2020

    The work we do at Goodhertz is fundamentally indebted to Black Americans and Black American culture. In this moment, we must condemn police violence and express solidarity with those who are protesting all across America — those who are fighting to make our society better and more just.

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    Finding Sounds with Ginger Root (Episode 1)
    YouTube Preview April 3, 2020
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    Interview with Noah Dayan
    A few questions for Goodhertz engineer and translator Noah Dayan Dec. 17, 2019

    Goodhertz’ latest employee is Noah Dayan, a musician and audio engineer currently living in London. In addition to writing code at Goodhertz, for our latest release (3.5) Noah also translated the plugin interfaces into his native French and contributed to the latest revision of translations in his native Japanese. You can find out more about Noah on his website.

    Recently, via Slack, I asked Noah a few questions in English, another language he speaks fluently (!)

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    Interview with Reda Khermach
    Chatting with Reda Khermach about translating the Goodhertz plugins into Arabic. Nov. 7, 2019

    Not long after we began translating our plugins into multiple languages, I put out a call on Twitter to see if anyone was interested in translating the plugins into their native language. Soon enough we got an email from Reda Khermach, a student and beatmaker living in Morocco, who said he’d like to translate the plugins into Arabic.

    This caught my attention immediately, since I’d long wanted to have the plugins translated into Arabic, not only because of Arabic’s status as a lingua franca for millions of people around the globe, but also because Arabic has historically played a pivotal role in so much of the mathematics and science that make the digital signal processing in our plugins possible, from the concept of an algorithm and the foundations of algebra, to the shapes of the digits that we display in our interfaces (an aesthetic that first came alive over a thousand years ago when North Africans adapted Hindu numerals to the style of their maghrebi script).

    I recently chatted with Reda on discord to find out more about his experience with languages and translating the Goodhertz plugins.

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    CanOpener 3.5 Update
    Updates to CanOpener Studio Sept. 26, 2019

    What’s new in CanOpener Studio v3.5? A lot! We’ve improved almost every aspect of CanOpener in this latest release — not only did we make everything sound better, we also made it all easier to use. The new crossfeed options are more transparent, and we’ve added our mastering-grade dither, HQ Mode, Loudness Compensation, and Safe Gain.

    TL;DR CanOpener has always been the best way to mix & master on headphones, and with the latest improvements, there are even fewer reasons that you absolutely need speakers to make a high-quality mix setup.

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