Curved Air

Computer Music - - Reviews -

The hard­ware HG-2 con­cludes its sig­nal flow with the Air cir­cuit – a 10kHz shelv­ing boost for adding high-end sheen and, well, air, ac­ti­vated by a but­ton on the front panel. The plugin ver­sion has the same but­ton, of course, but also brings the in­ter­nal trim con­trol out into the open, en­abling easy ad­just­ment of the amount of boost ap­plied.

Com­pletely ex­clu­sive to the soft­ware HG-2, how­ever, is the Cal­i­brate menu, of­fer­ing three set­tings: Dark, Nor­mal and Bright. The choice made here (Nor­mal be­ing the de­fault) af­fects the high fre­quency re­sponse of the whole plugin, with Dark tilt­ing things to­wards the low end and Bright em­pha­sis­ing the highs. The dif­fer­ences be­tween them aren’t any­where near as pro­found as the vari­a­tions brought into play by the three Sat­u­ra­tion modes, but Dark and Bright are cer­tainly use­ful op­tions to have when deal­ing with mixes and sounds that just need a lit­tle push in ei­ther di­rec­tion.

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