Safety Harbor, FL (March 27, 2014)—Veteran mixer Tony Maserati used Metric Halo ChannelStrip, HaloVerb, and Multiband Dynamics plug-ins recently on Beyoncé’s self-titled “surprise” release.
“The sound quality of Metric Halo’s classic plug-in, ChannelStrip, is what first caught my attention and made me aware of the company,” Maserati said. “I often see ChannelStrip on the sessions I get handed; in fact, several of Beyoncé’s tracks came in with it. ChannelStrip is still my go-to plug-in for routine and extreme equalization and dynamics. There’s something psychologically appealing about having six EQ bands at the ready, and the presets get me where I need to be quickly.”
Maserati has used HaloVerb on guitars, vocals and percussion, and one of his new tricks is to run a dry signal through HaloVerb and then send HaloVerb’s output into a distortion box. “The stress of that sound is really interesting to me,” he said. “Sometimes I’ll automate the send so that I get that stress only on certain notes. It’s great.”
These days, he’s using an HD Native card, and the fact that all of Metric Halo’s plug-ins are AAX works well. “Metric Halo has a long history of solid performance that uses surprisingly little DSP resources. A testament to Metric Halo’s stability is the fact that I’m now using Metric Halo’s Multiband Dynamics plug-in on my mix bus.”