This is my secret weapon on drums, vocals, and mastering. You cant go wrong with this puppy. The power and ease of the air added, and the EQ, are simply amazing. I love this compressor and the only downside is that its not size adjustable and too small for my widescreen. Bah! Otherwise a worthy addition to my arsenal.
Fantastic-sounding plugin with dated GUI/control issues.
This is a common issue for Plugin Alliance that completely baffles me: A wonderful sounding plugin that stays stuck in the past with some of its GUI and feature set. The good: The Magnum-K is a beautiful-sounding compressor with lots of tweaking ability and unique features. When I first got it I wasn't impressed but once I started to delve into it, it turned out to be a unique compressor among the multitude that I already own. I love its sound, truly. Punchy and flexible, especially with the EQ options. The bad: PA insists on limiting the use of its plugins in ways that should not be Iimited in the modern plugin world. Firstly, you can't see values of things like attack and release. For film scoring to song production we often need to be able to time attack and release to tempo, or at the very least SEE what we're doing in addition to hearing. The fact that you can't in the analog world is irrelevant. Secondly, you can't get good compression amounts without increasing the input gain controls, which can compromise the sound and add clipping. This needs to be changed, without a single doubt. VERY often I want compression without overloading or pushing the input, and I should be able to get that like I can in all other compressor plugins I won. The gain staging is off here. Thirdly, you can't enter values, which afflicts many of PA's plugins. I don't care that you can't do that on analog gear, its irrelevant -- we're on DAWs on need to be able to do that. PA has added some great features to original hardware, so they should take that further in all of their plugins in these ways.
by Alex Picciafuochi
Honestly I had no expectations from this plugin, at a previous and fast listening it seemed to me that it sounded rather thin, instead it is a real game changer, a unexpected surprise!
the hig end is but one of its tools
by PMT Studio
I had to do some HD (192000hz32fb) to do and the top end was so clean when I added Magnum-K the AirBand was so evident it seems to revive and disclose its effects in an undeniable fashion
Nice sound, multiples and usefull options, I love it, and I use it very often. A great plugin if you want something transparent and with character
by Ted Clayton
The Mäag Audio MAGNUM-K compressor is a tool that I see myself using in practically every mix moving forward. The level of control and character this plugin has is unparallel. Compression is amazingly powerful and transparent - not to mention the K COMP section providing a unique deesser. Also, the signature AIR BAND™ brings clarity to any mix that cannot be compared to any other EQ. Ideal applications would be drums, vocals, and mastering.
Great,great and great, so good tool in any situation
One of the best
by BBB Man
I rarely review these things, but I had been wanting for a pair of the hardware version since they came out. When I demo'd this, I bought it that day. I have racks of very nice outboard, and since getting this a few months ago now, I find myself using it (mostly mix buss / mastering) over great hardware I have sitting 2 feet away from me. It has that wonderful balance of warmth, clarity, with just the right amount of saturation that adds some texture and excitement. Just engaging the EQ section, with no boost can add some wonderful weight and / or sparkle (much like the EQ4). It's also often my preference next to the UAD SSL or API models, and it seems to play so well with other things in my signal path. Often some plugins show their weakness when feeding into other things down-stream, getting either muddy or edgy. (Although also good, the UAD API 2500 can be dangerous that way.) This one seems to be less susceptible to that kind of thing. I do offer some quibbles that would've put this unit over the top (not worth deducting a star though!) 1. I would've loved to have seen fine resolution available for the Soft Limiter Threshold control. It's digital! Why not allow fine control there?? The steps are too coarse most times, and I end up just not using it on mix buss. Drums maybe. You can adjust the Headroom control, but that changes the response of the whole unit, making you have to reset all your controls. Not ideal. 2. I love that they added a GR meter at the bottom. It would've been nice if that was switchable to view GR for the K Comp as well, or if there was a 2nd GR meter for that. The little flashing light doesn't tell us much. 3. Fine control for "BX Section." Again, why limit these to coarse steps?? You don't do that in other plugins. Most of the time, these work fine, but especially the Stereo Width control is much nicer with fine adjustment, as it can be easy to go too far. This was one of my favorite plugins in the past year, easy. Also great on vocals, bass, instrument busses. Whatever. And... AND... Thanks for the DSP version! We HDX folks still appreciate that. That's all from me. Enjoy.
I like placing the Magnum-K on busses. It helps to glue multiple instruments and vocals together with subtle compression. The EQ can be used to add weight and/ or air when needed. The other features like TMT channels, mono maker, stereo spread also come in handy. I'd recommend this plugin.
Maag Audio = good
This is a huge plugin!! Cpu heavy but is so great for crafting your sounds. Having Airband is always good. I also own Maag Eq2 & Maag Eq4