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Black Box HG-2 HARDWARE review and VS the PLUGIN comparison by Dom Sigalas - The MAGIC BoxRead More
While most things these days are made over seas in huge factories with the singular goal of maximizing profits by cutting corners and using the cheapest components, Black Box Analog Design does things differently. In fact we take a different approach to most things. We are not interested in creating clones of old gear or building derivatives of popular gear. We are interested in creating gear that does something that hasn’t been done before, addresses a need we come across in the studio and takes a new approach to a problem or design.
We didn’t start out as gear designers. We come from the studio world and years ago, our quest to solve certain problems we came across lead us to begin tinkering with circuits of our own. Since we came from an audio engineering background and not a circuit design background, we weren’t influenced by standard designs or restricted by thoughts of what we “should” do. Instead we allowed our ears to lead us in the right direction.
Every part of our all analog circuits is assembled by hand and every component is painstakingly and precisely matched. We use a real, high voltage, linear power supply, custom wound transformers and the best quality components made.
This old school approach to creating something is MUCH more labor intensive and costly, but the end result is truly a work of art that looks, feels and sounds incredible!
Outside Black Box, Eric is a platinum mixer, engineer and producer working with some of the top artists in the world like Katy Perry, Pharrell, Lil Wayne and many more. Robert is an award winning film mixer and engineer with a background in satellite and microwave communications.
This new Black Box HG-2MS is a welcomed upgrade with its new flexibility. The additions like TMT, Density, Mono Maker, Stereo Width, calibration, MS capabilities, and selected frequency saturation, this plugin checks all the boxes for me. It’s my new go-to for acoustic guitars, percussion, drum loops and has been used on the last 20 mixes I’ve done (not gonna name drop).
I love that you can really dig into the different parameters of width and tone to achieve pretty much anything your creativity desires.
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.