Because compressing cymbals can make them more brash, especially in the 3-to 5kHz range, I engaged the K-Compressor and dialed in the reduction to taste. Each band is switchable and can be separately blended into the signal that comes after the Compressor and K-compressor. Interestingly, the compressor is also switchable between feedback and feed-forward routing, the second option taking its sidechain signal before the gain reduction stage and thus being much more aggressive than the first. You can , or on the video below. This one seems to be less susceptible to that kind of thing. But with the range set to 16, the ratio range goes from approximately 3:1 up to limiting and is much more aggressive.
For processing vocals, bass guitar, solo instruments the Magnum-K is definitely worth looking into, for mastering though, as good as this sounds, I would look at alternatives that are better value for money. Thanks to our friends at for kindly lending Pro Tools Expert a Maag Magnum-K for this review. I would've loved to have seen fine resolution available for the Soft Limiter Threshold control. Modeled from the Cliff Maag Sr. In between these, though, are four more fixed-frequency filters: a 2. Once I heard what this did for my drum tracks, I ended up using the Magnum-Ks a lot for this application. The compressor Sidechain is a very useful control that focuses the compressor.
First Impressions Before I took delivery of the unit I did a fair amount of research to find out what the Magnum-K is all about. A turn to the right provides more attenuation at a fairly wide Q centered around 3 kHz. The Air band in particular, I found myself wanting to use on almost every source, often set at 20 or 40kHz with a generous boost. A second Magnum-K unit can be linked giving users stereo processing but that pushes the price up to around £4,600. A fully functional 14-day trial version can be downloaded after registering. With all the stereo processing options, I can see it doubling as a capable mastering processor, too.
The original single-channel unit houses two compression circuits Magnum Comp and K Comp , a bespoke parallel equalizer, and a soft limiting function. Looking at the plug-in, you get to choose between the 20 models for the Left and Right output channels, with an optional Digital mode and a random channel assignment button. Again, I could imagine this working well on full programme material, or on a drum bus. More information: When you visit any website, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. But why wait til the mastering stage? I do offer some quibbles that would've put this unit over the top not worth deducting a star though! It usually takes patching two to three processors to accomplish this when I go à la carte, but the Magnum-K had all I needed inside the box. It can be as aggressive or as subtle as you want. In cooperation with Brainworx this design was turned into a convincing plugin, whereas the concept was taken to the next level.
Because I was using two Magnum-Ks as a pair in most cases, I first linked the units. The information does not usually directly identify you, but it can give you a more personalized web experience. At the start of the chain, the Input Attenuation and Input Gain knobs offer up to -12dB and +12dB of starting level adjustment. Musical and magnificent, Magnum-K is a plugin that every serious engineer needs to check out. This was one of my favorite plugins in the past year, easy. Finally, introduce the limiter, remembering that it absolutely adds distortion to your signal. For this application, I used fewer of the options, leaving out of the K-Compressor but using some mild overall compression, parallel Air and a bit of 1k to bring up the bite of the pick across the strings.
Adding sheen and presence to anything sent its way, the effect of the Air Band is felt way below the corner frequency thanks to the shape of the slope. The little flashing light doesn't tell us much. The steps are too coarse most times, and I end up just not using it on mix buss. Why not allow fine control there?? The Magnum-K could take that crucial midrange band right up to the point just before discomfort and controls it, making tracks sound much more powerful as a result. I had a pair that I used in many sessions at Blackbird Studios, and it never failed to make me stretch my workflows and create new sonic plateaus. I just wish this was a stereo device.
I put my hand on my heart when I say this: I use it all the time when I'm producing music in Pro Tools. I patched the unit directly before the Pro Tools inputs and used it like I would another serial processor. The main compressor is also very versatile. This pairs common Threshold, Ratio, Attack and Release settings across both processors. Was it wise for me to finally meet an audio processing hero of mine? No-one in their right mind leaves any 10Hz anywhere in their mixes deliberately; it's a headroom-hogging, speaker-ripping part of the spectrum that you can't hear! And they all sound great.
Priced at well over two grand for a single mono channel, the Magnum-K is obviously out of the reach of most producers. The Maag Audio Magnum-K dual compressor plugin is truly innovative and something definitely worth checking out. This can also be set to external should you want to patch in your device at the back of the unit. What I like is the ability to audition the various bands from 10 kHz up to 40 kHz. I rarely review these things, but I had been wanting for a pair of the hardware version since they came out. At the very end of the signal path, up to 15dB of make-up gain is dialled in, and a soft limiter provides a final stage of compression. .