Heba Kadry is a Mastering engineer based in Brooklyn, NY. Clients include Slowdive, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Deerhunter, Beach House, Hayley Williams, Cate Le Bon, Alex G, Battles, John Maus, serpentwithfeet, Blonde Redhead, Diamanda Galás, Lightning Bolt, Black Lips, Lucy Dacus, Cass McCombs, Princess Nokia, and The Mars Volta to name a few. In addition to mastering original soundtracks for films such as “Midsommar”, ” Jackie” (Oscar-nominated for best original score in 2017), “Paterson” and “The Dead Don’t Die”.
The moment I heard about the Black Box harmonic saturation unit in M/S mode, I was on board! It’s not something you see very often with saturation units; a depth in subtleties which I’ve long sought after. Saturation plugins are usually extremely heavy-handed or too basic, where the first click is barely doing anything, and the next click is just too extreme, particularly for mastering applications. The Black Box M/S is perfect for riding those subtleties. The extremely fine controls make it a joy to experiment with and really elevate the dimensionality of a track; especially things like the saturation filter shape & frequency selection options, mid/side vs. stereo, and the general tonal calibration of the plugin is a game-changer. I’m seriously blown away. I can really fine-tune the tone and the harmonic depth to such a high degree. This plugin is staying in my toolbox for a long time.