The 6050 Ultimate Channel Strip is arguably the most feature laden product in McDSP’s 18 year history. The 6050 is a combination of all the modules from the 6030 Ultimate Compressor and 6020 Ultimate Equalizer plug-ins, plus many additional modules, in a 3-bay lunch-box style interface.
Modules, Modules, Everywhere…
The 6050 has no less than 28 modules for EQ, filtering, compression, downward expansion, saturation and outright distortion. The near excessive range of options in the 6050 is managed by easy drag and drop, on the fly module auditioning. Modules will also retain settings between various EQs, Compressors, etc. as much as possible so A/B-ing different options is fast. Module selection can be changed by either using the Module Selector panel on the far left of the interface, or by choosing from the popup menu on the upper right of every module. Each module can be individually bypassed as well. To arrange the order of the modules, just click and drag the module itself to another slot – the other modules will automatically move out of the way.
Input and Output metering, along with input and output gain controls (and phase buttons !!), are included in the 6050. Side chaining is available for any of the three modules, all processing is double precision, and at ultra low latency.
If you want to know more about the EQ or compressor modules, check out the articles about the 6020 Ultimate EQ and the 6030 Ultimate Compressor. The EQ modules in the 6050 are the same as those found in the 6020 Ultimate EQ. The compressor modules are also identical, with the exception that each compression module in the 6050 has its own makeup gain.
For the low down on the new modules included with the 6050 Ultimate Channel Strip, read on…
The digital age of audio seems to long for the days of analog when it comes to saturation. Digital clips are just plain bad. Saturation is oh so much better. To that end, the S671 module gives the user control over just how much saturation they can impart onto a track. The S671 has the added bonus of a tone control. Sure to put some nice ‘accents’ on any track, the S671’s ability to shape the tone of the saturation takes things to a new level of flexibility.
Variety of the spice of life, and by golly we’ve all over done it now an then. So if your mix has too much ‘hot sauce’, maybe its time to mellow things out with the ‘creamy goodness’ of tube overdrive. Like the S671, the Moo-D module includes a tone control. The additional Low Cut control helps focus the overdrive on the mid to high frequencies, which is generally a good plan.
If you need serious sonic destruction, the D-100 is the ticket. Tone and Low Cut controls are included, and have the same application as the Moo-D module controls of the same names, but are focused on the D-100 distortion circuit and interact differently. Not exactly the effect for a classical recording. Unless that is what the client asked for!!
Plenty of mix engineers know its a good idea to band limit your tracks – remove the low and high frequencies that are just not there to keep the mix cleaner. But what to do with the stuff in the middle? Bring on the MEF1 – the Mid Emphasis Filter (MEF) by McDSP. Band limiting of the track is done with the Low-Cut and Hi-Cut controls and operates as one might expect a well crafted filter by the company that brought you FilterBank way back in 1999. To accentuate the space in between the lows and the highs, simply turn on some Emphasis control amount. The boost will be subtle, but will track with any adjustments from the Low-Cut and Hi-Cut controls. A pretty simple idea that you’d think you have been done in a vintage piece of gear back in the 1950’s. Well, wait no longer!
Speaking of FilterBank, the original wildly popular plug-in included a configuration called the E4. The original specs of the E4 are recreated in the E404 module – high pass filter, low shelf EQ, parametric EQ, and high shelf EQ. Award winning way back in 1999, and still sounding as good in today’s productions.
Noise, noise, noise. We know you don’t want it, but how to get rid of it? A versatile gate can go a long way to cleaning up a track (or live sound feed!). The EZG gate module makes it, well, easy! Nothing too out of the ordinary in the EZG module – threshold, range (how much the signal is cut once below the threshold), attack, hold, and release – round out the control set for the gate. Additional high pass and low pass filters allow the gate to focus on a portion of the spectrum (presumably the part you want to clean up!!) and not falsely trigger from extreme low or high frequency events.
What can go better with some great (green!!) EQ and Compression than a similarly styled and voiced upwards/downwards expander ? Yeah, its better than frog legs. Ok maybe a lot better. In any event, the FRGX module is a great way to push down unwanted low levels, or conversely bring up said low levels. Like the other expander and gate modules in the 6050, a set of high pass and low pass filters are included. Next time you’re crushing the track with heavy compression to bring up room tone, instead try some upwards expansion, inserted before the compressor. If that gets too noisy, put a gate (or downwards expander) in front of the upwards expander, to clean up the signal before you attempt to pull out some room tone.
Another variation of downwards expansion is available in the iX module. Like the FRGX, the iX module has threshold, range, ratio, attack and release controls, and additional high and low pass filtering. But the iX module is specifically designed for downwards expansion, and thereby has a much greater gain range (albeit downwards!!).
Wait There’s More
If all the module options, controls, and routing possibilities leave you a bit overwhelmed, maybe you just need to check out some of the presets included with the 6050. In addition to settings from the folks at McDSP, the 6050 also comes with Artists Presets from the likes of Mike Dean, Kevin Churko, Bob Horn, Lovy Longomba, and more.
Choices are great, but so is working quickly. The 6050 delivers on both counts – plenty of processing options in a intuitive, easy to use interface. Demos are available 24/7 at mcdsp.com. Click here to request one today!