The HG-2 plugin is destined to become a classic. The hardware unit seduced its way onto all my mixes for the last couple years, and now the plugin is finding its way onto multiple tracks like guitars, synths, vocals, drums and the stereo buss. The HG-2 plugin is a winner and should be in everyone’s arsenal.
21st Century mixing is now totally dependent on controlled distortion and overdrive techniques. The Black Box HG-2 spews out harmonic warmth and crispy tones in bucket loads without the need for you to ever swap out a valve or bother your repair person.
Most saturation plugins drastically change the sound of your source material without giving you any control over the coloration. You either like their sound or you don't, so you're stuck with one option. The HG-2's tonal controls are incredibly flexible and useful, giving you the ability to dial the saturation in to be exactly what you need. The plugin is great for thickening up thin guitars and making them sit well in the mix.
Valve distortion plugins that actually sound like the real deal are very rare but this one nails it! Sounds fantastic on clean 808s and drums in general, as well as guitars, pianos or anything that needs more bite and character.
It's like being able to move the mics around after you've done the recording. A great tool for emphasis, clarity, highlighting and allowing your sounds to be where you need them in a mix.
I’ve used the HG-2 hardware extensively in mastering for nearly two years and I can say that, without question, the plugin version captures what makes the hardware so magical. The additional controls are extremely useful and add a level of functionality and versatility not found in the analog version. This code has soul!!!
Black Box Analog Design HG-2 plugin is a remarkable emulation of its hardware brethren multiplied by additional control afforded only in the digital realm. From subtle harmonics, air and width on the mix buss to full-on saturation for thick cutting snares, the HG-2 plugin offers that elusive 'magic' that eq and compressors alone struggle to achieve.
I’m always looking for ways to create harmonic content and the Black Box HG-2 plugin is a great new tool. Really flexible and works on individual tracks as well as the whole mix. I like it!
I used the HG-2 on a record; it blew my mind and the minds of everyone who was there to witness it. It’s the glue that holds the mix together before making it huge. It’s so fat and rich. It reacts like hardware, and not like a plugin.
The HG-2 is one of the best plugins I've ever heard in my life. Plugin Alliance have a monster on their hands.
Soundprank/Colin E. Fisher
This thing now lives on my two buss, and is one of a very few select saturation plugins that gets extreme repeated use in every project. I don't know how they did it, I don't know where they did it (or what they did), but I am extremely thankful they decided to! This thing is crazy.