Mastering, a world where every morning just before dawn grey bearded audio wizards get into their Hi-tech squiggly air driven speaker spaceships and collect the magical rainbow unicorn dust that falls across the spectrumlands each night as it is this dust that powers their magical analog mastering desks which makes anything that comes out of their towering speakers sound like the heavens themselves had blessed your track with divine auditory goodness and then finally your track blessed with all of its magical unicorn shine is finally done and ready to be shown to the world where it will become a chart-topping success all because of the secret mystical art of Mastering.
All joking and imagination aside in this review we are going to be going over Brainworx bx_masterdesk which according to owner Dirk Ulrich is an analog style solution for professional mastering in your own computer. So let’s get into it.
The GUI of bx_masterdesk is really intuitive it is laid out in such a fashion that it is extremely easy to use almost a bit too easy it seems for what is a mastering tool after all.
bx_masterdesk even tells you what to do and it is as easy as 1, 2, and 3.
0. Slap it on your master channel.
1. Adjust the volume to feed the plugin and get into the desired Dynamic Range.
2. Set the foundation of your track more bass centered to the right and more treble centered to the left.
3. Adjust the tone stack to preference.
Now just play around with the Compressor, Limiter, Resonance filters, M/S and the THD settings and you’re done.
Now that’s just too easy isn’t it? I really love it when a GUI is just that easy to work with.
We also find the meters in Masterdesk which can be set to show the input and output dynamic range levels so you know where you started and where you ended up this can help with some troubleshooting along the way.
The limiter is the last component your sound travels through in bx_masterdesk and is set to a default boost of 1dB however if you turn on turbo mode it goes up to 2dB resulting in a louder mix be it a bit more squashed which really works well on genres like EDM.
Brainworx bx_masterdesk reminds me of a quote I heard once which goes “if you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” And Dirk Ulrich really does understand it well enough because this plugin is so simple to use but so powerful in what it does to your sound that you can really tell that 20+ years’ experience in the mastering industry has been put into this plugin. bx_masterdesk is one of those plugins you must have in your toolbox even if you are a seasoned professional because if anything this plugin can save you so much time and time is money so.