NUGEN Audio is running their annual survey for 2022, where they are offering a new survey-exclusive plugin called Aligner and a $100 gift voucher for completing the survey.

Simply head to NUGEN Audio’s website, fill out the survey (you only need a name and an email address), and you’ll receive the FREE gifts! The survey ends on February 17th, 2022.

If you don’t already have an account with NUGEN, submitting the survey will automatically create one, and you’ll be able to access the Aligner plugin. The $100 gift voucher (valid till March 1st, 2022) will be applied when you purchase any item with a value greater than $100.

Aligner is a new plugin capable of automatically adjusting the phase and polarity of recorded audio to prevent phase cancellation. It’s designed to solve phase issues that occur when recording with multiple mics.

NUGEN Audio’s new Aligner plugin automatically detects the inconsistencies in the recording and makes necessary adjustments. The UI is straightforward, and the controls are easy to use as the function is primarily automatic. You can select the group of input signals that you want to edit. The names of the affected tracks are displayed at the bottom for easy reference.

I found that using the plugin is really easy. A few clicks and you can automatically align the tracks and you’ll notice an instant difference in the sound. The Samples parameter determines by how many samples the tracks have been adjusted for the desired effect. The polarity parameter shows if any of the tracks had their polarities switched by Aligner; you can also manually edit it.

There are two kinds of bypass controls, one for all tracks at once and the other for each individual channel. After Aligner makes automatic changes, you can change some of the settings and bypass particular tracks for the desired effect. Beyond phase correction, you could use it for other manipulative effects and get some interesting results too.

Here’s a quick demo of the plugin in action:

Aligner is available for both macOS and Windows in the VST3/AU/AAX formats, so it should work on pretty much any DAW. Overall, it is a powerful phase-alignment tool and it’s really easy to use.

The survey itself is straightforward, with simple questions and only took me about 3 minutes to complete. There are optional questions for existing NUGEN Audio customers, but it’s easy to skip those.

More info: NUGEN Audio (FREE with survey until February 17th, 2022)

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