Plugin Feature: KUSH Audio + Electra DSP
It’s been a little while, and I’ve got a new one here. We’re going to look at a new EQ plug-in from Kush Audio. It’s the Electra. It’s based off their hardware EQ. You’ve probably seen it. This one’s a plug-in.
So I’ve got a track here. It’s an indie pop kind of a thing. Female. Real sort of dramatic, lush, kind of huge track.
So let’s play it, and then we’ll get into the plug-in and kind of walk through the controls and my thoughts on it and whatnot.
So here we go.
So that’s the track. Here’s the plug-in. I just threw it on this lead vocal. It sounds like this.
Alright. So let’s get into this thing. This thing is, to my knowledge, built pretty much the same as the hardware counterpart, the 500 series. It’s a three-band plus a shelf, if you want to think of it that way.
Top band is up here. It goes from 3.8kHz to 20kHz. Then you have 250 to 5.4kHz for your mid-range. 30Hz to 730 for the low band, and then down here you have a shelf/high-pass filter, which is pretty cool.
It’s super musical, like all of Greg’s gear. You really have to use your ears to kind of dig around in it and find what you need, just because the bands are so wide.
So if you’re on this mid-range, and you want to find 700, you kind of have to know what you’re listening for to get it. Which isn’t a bad thing. It just sort of forces you to instinctually work from a different place other than seeing it on a plug-in.
But anyways, let’s twist some knobs. These things are built sort of the outer ring and inner ring. Outer ring, you select your frequency, inner ring you’re going to boost or cut.
I will say when you boost and/or cut, at least these mid-bands work — The Qs work similar to the API curves-ish. I guess.
So the more you boost or cut, the narrower the Q gets. So you don’t have this huge, wide bell. It kind of narrows up, which adds sort of to the musicality of this thing I think.
So anyways, top band, we’ll grab some whatever this is.
That’s maybe 10kHz.
This one is a shelf by the way.
Alright. So it’s that. Reset it. Then you have 250 to 5.4kHz on this mid-range.
[vocals, adjusting mid-band]
Okay, and really musical. You really can sort of fish around and just kind of — you’re going to make decisions based on what you hear, which is a good thing. Pretty cool thing.
This is the low band.
[vocals, adjusting low band]
So there’s the top three bands, and then the shelf.
So outer ring is going to be your high=pass filter, and inner ring is going to be the shelf.
[vocals, adjusting high-pass and shelf]
So anyways, pretty musical. It can be super subtle, it can be super aggressive. I have used it on strings, I have used it on pianos, and I really liked it. Like, orchestral stuff. Guitars are really fun to use it on.
Just like all of Greg’s gear, you really have to use your ears to appreciate this plug-in, I think. It’s really great. It’s cool. It forces you into sort of working a certain way.
Some people kind of bitch about the bands being so wide, but I don’t know. I think that’s sort of what makes this thing so unique and forces you to work a certain way.
It would be nice to sort of have like an output gain knob so you can back stuff off or whatever, but I’m not going to bitch. I get it. I get why it’s not on there.
I think it’s a cool plug-in, like all of Greg’s stuff. Super musical. It sounds great. Go check it out and demo it.
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