Nashville, TN (July 13, 2012)-Grammy-nominated, Juno-awarded producer/engineer David Kalmusky recently acquired Metric Halo's new Production Bundle of plug-ins.
"I initially hesitated to shift to in-the-box mixing because my console-mixing workflow was so well established and efficient," explained Kalmusky. "I have great sounding outboard gear, and I can pull up a decent mix in just 15 minutes. That's a fast workflow. It was about a decade ago that I found Metric Halo's ChannelStrip. I hadn't imagined it was possible to have that same fast workflow in the box, but ChannelStrip made it possible. To this day, I always start a session by inserting ChannelStrip on every channel across the session." Currently, about half of Kalmusky's work is executed entirely in-the-box.
Kalmusky has used the new Metric Halo Production Bundle on sessions with Journey, Vince Gill, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, The Wilkinsons, Neal Schon and Robin Zander of Cheap Trick already this year. The Production Bundle includes ChannelStrip 3, Character, HaloVerb, Multiband Dynamics, Precision DeEsser, TransientControl, and Multiband Expander.
Kalmusky uses Transient Control on all of his drum tracks, and he also likes to use it to tame the transients of small stringed instruments, such as mandolin. He uses Multiband Dynamics on bass guitar and vocals.
"The Multiband plug-ins are smooth and transparent," Kalmusky said. "The whole Production Bundle seems to be as well thought-out as ChannelStrip. HaloVerb has quite a different sound from other plug-in reverbs. It has a useful character that almost sounds like a vintage echo chamber to me."