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Not quite a one-knob plugin, Rob Papen’s foolproof mastering processor (VST/AU/AAX) is designed to tart up the top end in your mix and solidify the bottom. Apart from the preset management and master Volume controls, there are just two sections to MasterMagic: Air and the Mono/Stereo Split Filter.
Air is a very broad highfrequency shelving EQ with controls for applying up to 6dB of boost and setting the corner frequency anywhere between 30 and 40kHz. Yes, that’s obviously way out of the range of human hearing, but the corner frequency determines the response of the extremely wide band of affected frequencies below it, adding sheen, and… well, air! The Split Filter simply makes everything below the set frequency or MIDI note mono by outputting just the Left or Right channel, the sum of the two, or the difference, in order to centralise basses and kick drums (although the filter can go all the way up to 20.5kHz if required).
MasterMagic’s Air EQ sounds absolutely gorgeous, and its monoising features are more flexible than most. A great addition to any mastering chain.