Sonnox® Oxford Envolution

Sonnox® Oxford Envolution


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Get comprehensive control over
transients and sustain.

Developed by Sonnox, the Oxford Envolution for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces is a frequency-dependent envelope shaper that can radically modify the sound of your sources, boosting sustain for added ambience or cutting it for quick, precise gating.

For over 20 years Sonnox has been creating innovative, award-winning, audio processing plug-ins for professional audio engineers. Oxford plug-ins are used in a variety of audio applications including music production, live sound, broadcast, TV, and feature film audio post production

Now You Can:

Shape percussion, piano, and guitar far beyond EQ and compression

Easily target frequency dependent control of transients and sustain

Add presence and/or distance to drums, piano, guitar, and more

Apply the Warmth control for harmonic saturation and further tone shaping

Take a Listen

Take a Listen
The Importance of Transients

The Importance of Transients

All music contains transients of some kind, whether it’s drums, percussion, guitars, or piano to name a few. Being able to boost or cut these transients gives you unprecedented control of an instrument’s presence and weight in a mix. With the Envolution plug-in, you can easily make a snare snap to the foreground, or add presence and/or distance to drums, piano, guitar, and more.

Two Sections — Total Control

Two Sections — Total Control

The Envolution plug-in offers Transient and Sustain sections, each with its own set of Attack, Hold, and Release controls. This amount of fine tuning gives you a wide variety of uses — from subtly cutting down room ambience on drums and guitar to completely re-imagining signals with extreme envelope shaping.

Frequency-Dependent Tweaking and More

Frequency-Dependent Tweaking and More

Both the Sustain and Transient sections feature a FREQ control that offers Tilt or Focus EQ modes. Tilt is perfect for more gentle envelope shaping whereas Focus mode provides a band-pass or notch response for more precise control. The Envolution also features a Warmth function that adds harmonic richness while also preventing output signal overload and a Mix control for added versatility.

Key Features

Separate and frequency dependent control of transients & sustain
Comprehensive control of key shaping parameters including attack, hold, and release
Tilt/parametric targeting of frequencies to process
DIFF button to solo the effect
Huge gain ranges: Transients ±24 dB; Sustain -48 dB to +24 dB
Best in class transient/onset detection
Sensitivity parameter to control the number of events detected
Frequency dependency with none of the limitations of conventional multi-band solutions
Use Envolution in parallel routing paths without phase cancellation
Warmth control for harmonic saturation/tone shaping and prevention of excessive output levels

Customer Reviews

Sonnox Oxford Envolution

Overall Rating

(46 reviews)

J. Ng

October 14, 2016

Endless Creativity For Drums And Other Instruments.

I've got UAD Sonnox EQ and Inflator before but I haven't got any transient modulator from any brands before. So having this is an addition than a normal transient modulator. If you also haven't got any transient modulator in your plugin library, I highly recommend it to catch up with this new audio technology :)

m. luber

September 4, 2016

wow plugin

Amazing make drums and hihats sounds like heaven, the best transient out there for sure

f. swahn

July 28, 2016

great !

this on really saved a mix of mine. i was looking for something to get rid of a lot of cymbal bleed and this really helped out. use overtime now on drums. a must have

L. Zavala

July 28, 2016

Cannot believe my ears....

Previously unusable drums and synths now suddenly have the punch they needed all along. This is a God-send. Great job guys! :D

F. Benvenuto

April 19, 2016

Excellent On-Every-Mix Tool !

Use it to clean samples, make room between dif elements by controlling attack and sustain with frequency flexibility! A must have and own for clean & punchy mixes! Very useful tool for drums, guitars, pianos, you name it! Even on reverbs to control the tail of a certain frequency - for example tight lows and open "sustainy" tops! Great use for removing unwanted sustain on drum samples, or use it before an 1176 on a parallel compression send to add amazing snap to drums! Endless uses! Go nuts! Great tool UA!

S. Tanner

March 20, 2016

Very usefull for critical material

I like every thing from Sonnox (Sony Oxford) very much.

The Sonnox Oxford Envolution Plug-In is the most advanced Plug-In in these category.

Really like on Drum tracks and so to give BD, Toms and Snares more Attack and so.

B. Munyon

March 16, 2016

Re Animator II

Transferred Black Face ADAT recordings of direct guitars, digital modelling amps of the late 90's, electronic drums... Great performances and bring out the detail/articulation, adding dimension that was never heard before. Giving a real shot at a great mix!!!

So many great uses including salvaging location recording. A great and flexible tool from subtle to extreme.

K. Tye

March 9, 2016

Best Transient plugin out there!

Spent a morning with the top 3 transient plugins put there. Tested the Oxford extensively against the SPL & NI Transient Master. The Oxford seems to give more punch to the dynamics that the other 2, and allows more control too. The NI Transient master was my 2nd choice, with the SPL coming third. With that said, because I already own the NI version, I couldn't make the case to buy this at full retail but will wait for a sale.

Order of favorites:

1. Oxford Inflator
2. NI transient Master
3. SPL Transient Designer

M. Spano

March 2, 2016

Perfect transient designer

Amazing transient designer for most everything. Specially what I like is the EQ and the programming. Is the hiding weapon for accuracy and precise shape, sustain, thickens and body ... Drums, ambients, OH..and more.

A. Yeats

February 26, 2016

Great on Drums!!!

A transient designer with bells on!!!

Brilliant on all kit mics but especially useful on room/ambient mics....can change the size of space of the room with one plugin!!!

D. Morin

February 18, 2016


To my knowledge, it's simply the most precise and versatile transient shaper out there. And it does it in a very transparent way, as compare to multi band shaper. The only transient shaper i would recommend.

U. Borjesson

February 17, 2016

Even the dullest Kickdrum is now in use

If you like and use the Transient designer but in those rare occasions where the Transient Designer does not do it for you, this Envolution will make your world go sunny.
I complete tool for envelopes on just about everything.
A mixengineers must have.

T. McKinnon

March 22, 2016

Even On A master Buss

I threw this in the master buss just to see want subtle transients I could affect in the mix... It works there too!!!

E. Reemann

July 21, 2019

Magic Maker

I'm sure everyone knows the feeling when loop just does not sound right or one shot
Then you throw this baby on and let him do hes magic :)
Love it

S. Hofmann

June 25, 2019

Very helpful! - The "Sonnox Oxford Envolution" plugin …

I have become very valuable and indispensable.
The possibility with this tool a complete drum track
to give more expression through dynamics, contours and transparencies
is very impressive. The manipulation of the space via "sustain" is ingenious.
A very well working plugin with which I save a lot of work.
A "must have" not just for remastering. - Absolutely test!

H. Zwarts

June 20, 2019

good results

Ik like the way this plug in deals with the transients. I get good results. Visual feedback is also great. Probably the best transient plug in available .

K. Babic

January 31, 2019

Transient Control

This is a really cool plugin. Now I got also the visual transient control.

P. Haas

January 2, 2019

One of the best "transient designer" I've ever used

Great sound
Simple operation
Good visualization
Applicable not only for drums (also for drums subgroup) but also for bass, guitar and other instruments or effects
Nice job!

J. Copeland

July 23, 2018

Attack is back

Stays on my drums to make them snap. Great for shaping tones on snare and bass. Love this plug and plan on experimenting more with it.


July 20, 2018

Sonnox Oxford Envolution .... I have only started to understand the depth of this useful plugin

Sonnox Oxford Envolution .... I have only started to understand the depth of this useful plugin. Amazing pre sets, easy to customize and tighten the envelope of any track , buss, or master. Brings the shine and fat to tracks so easily.