Joey Sturgis Tones, based in Connersville, Indiana, is introducing Tominator, a plug-in that uses an internal automated moving filter to treat cymbal bleed that is commonly found in closely miked drum recordings. Although the plug-in was designed for treating cymbal bleed in tom tracks, the company states that Tominator can also be applied to other percussive elements with similar results.

Tominator’s adjustable filter automation is designed to give users an alternative to treating bleed, which typically involves applying a noise gate. This alternative approach is said to solve the common issue of signal loss that occurs with most gate and expander alternatives.

The plug-in also offers a Speed control for changing the speed at which the filter works on a signal, and a Cutoff parameter that sets where the filter will stop after the transient.


Tominator was developed with the anticipation that users will be loading multiple instances, such as one per drum track. With this in mind, the plug-in was designed to use minimal CPU and system resources so that any standard digital audio workstation (DAW) can handle one instance of Tominator on every drum track.

Tominator is supported on all Macs and PCs in both 32-bit and 64-bit formats, and is available as a VST2, VST3, Audio Units, RTAS, and AAX plug-in.

Tominator is available from Joey Sturgis Tones starting November 30, 2016 for an introductory price of $39 until December 7, 2016.

After December 7, 2016, Tominator will carry a standard price of $59, with an MSRP of $49.

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