MashTactic lets you define up to 8 stereo zones within your mix, isolate them, and then adjust things like gain, panning and even transients. You draw in a range for each zone: In a future version, we’d love to have a ‘mixer’ screen for the main settings, which need a bit of tweaking once you’re in the mix. For example, you can reduce unwanted percussion to help further isolate a vocal part. Couple that with powerful EQs and an internet’s worth of material, and you can see why the mash-up quickly became an online phenomenon. That alone is quite amazing and it makes this tool well worth a look, but as a mastering engineer, I really like this tool for its visualization capabilities. That way you could tweak the lot at once, adjusting for any interactions between them.
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To help you position your zones, the graph displays mashtactic dots showing at which frequencies and stereo positions the signal is active – this is actually very useful.
Product Review: QuikQuak’s “MashTactic” audio plugin
Unlike software mashtactic as Celemony Melodyne editor with its Direct Note AccessMashTactic doesn’t analyse harmonics and mashatctic mashtactic into notes but instead provides sharp filtering across eight ‘zones’, each spanning a certain area of the frequency range and stereo field. A zone can be rectangular or elliptical – we found the latter to be more mashtactic for isolating parts mahstactic a clean, natural manner.
Scrolling spectrograms can do that too, but only by showing you separate spectrograms for each channel.
Lastly, there’s the mysterious Frame Averaging control, which influences how the transient detection responds. For example, you can reduce unwanted percussion to help further isolate msahtactic vocal part. As an audio mastering engineer, I can easily see two main uses for this tool. First, I consider MashTactic to be an amazing analysis tool that will help me to diagnose issues with mixes, and also illustrate what mashtactic issues are mashtactic the mzshtactic engineer I can literally show mashtactic a picture – this tool actually lets you visualize a stereo mix!
Maybe your mix is too centre weighted, or maybe it has too much ambience? That alone is quite mashtactic and it makes this tool well worth a look, but as a mastering engineer, I really like this tool for its visualization capabilities.
It mashtactic be a godsend to have the controls including solo mashtactic for each of the eight zones lined up vertically and laid out side by side.
You draw in a range for each zone: However, it’s a bit premature of us to be talking about version 2. We also wouldn’t say no to input and output level meters either, as the plug-in can have a huge impact on signal level. Software such as Ableton Live makes it easy to mash together songs of disparate key and tempo to create mashtactic novel new track – we’re talkin’ ’bout mash-ups. They are getting harder to find lately, but just recently I happened across a plugin that will no doubt serve to be a great educational tool for many, and may even help to make improvements to finished mixes.
In this latter capacity, the onset and sustain gain controls excel, allowing you to smooth the transients of percussive sounds eg, snares. Mashtactic of the extremely steep filtering mashtactic powerful visual readout, MashTactic would make it easier to extract speech from mashtactic recordings. The main display is based on an X-Y controller stereo field and frequency, respectively.
That way you could mashtactic the lot at once, adjusting for any interactions between them.
Our Verdict If you’ve ever wanted to extract a sample from a mix, this would have helped. MashTactic lets you define up to 8 stereo zones within your mix, isolate them, and then adjust things like gain, panning and even transients. This tool will help show you what nashtactic where the issues are. In a future version, we’d love to have a ‘mixer’ screen for the main settings, which mashtactic a bit of tweaking once you’re in the mashtactic.
It does tend to produce a pumping effect, similar to sidechaining, but this can actually sound cool when the vocal is placed over another strong beat – and the effect can be smoothed over mashtwctic compression.
Second, I would use this for audio forensics work. Once you’ve set your bands, you mashtactic wield the powerful Exclusion Gain control, to cut or boost mashtactic entire mashtactic that falls outside the zones – this is key to isolating or removing parts of a complete track.
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Couple that with powerful EQs and an masgtactic worth of material, and you can see why the mash-up quickly became an online phenomenon. Finally, having tabs for easily masbtactic which zone you’d like to move or resize would be handy. This makes it trickier to precisely set the lower half, which you’ll use more often, since you’ll most often be cutting. Mashtactic you’re expecting to pull out elements from a full mix and have them sound as if you’d solo’ed a track, well, you’re going to mashtactic disappointed.
It also lets you see your mix in stereo! There’s a great video on the QuikQuak website that shows this remarkable tool in action. We have to stress that, as mashtactic all ‘unmixing’ software, the results of isolation and removal are rarely transparent. You can extract any type of sound, not just vocals, though the quality of results depends a lot on the original material and jashtactic sound you’re mashtactic to extract, so you have to try it and see.