W.A. Production – KSHMR Essentials v1.2.0 – MORiA (AU, VST, VST3) [OSX]


Year of manufacture: 2023
Version: 1.2.0
Developer: W.A. Production
Developer’s website: W.A. Production
Platform: Intel/Apple Silicon Universal
Interface language: English
Tablet: The program has been treated (does not require data entry/enter any data)
System requirements: macOS 10.15+

We all have our favorite plugin chain that we use before we try anything else…
those essential instruments that provide the special sauce for each track.
Now KSHMR Essentials is your first choice in processing. Whether you tune the bass,
drums, kick, synth or vocals, this plugin has a custom signal chain for each with 8
specially selected modules for these different applications.

With a variety of included presets, you can easily find the perfect starting point for shaping your own sound. KSHMR personally selected these presets so they are easy to browse and listen to his personal favorite presets. There are specially designed presets for bass, drums, kick, keys, synths and vocals.

The main focus of most tracks, you need bass that will fill dance floors, and this plugin does just that. 8 Harmonics, Fuzz, Pressure, Excite, Sub, Side Cut, Width and Compression modules combine to give your low end all the power and punch you need to stand out from the crowd. The first step in the chain adds upper harmonics to define the bass, which is especially useful for translating to small sound systems. Next, Fuzz adds a layer of shape distortion. Multi-band compression is processed by the Pressure module and then fed into the Exciter for top-end sizzle and saturation. Set the Sub control to the root key of your track to create a subtle layer of sub-bass. The Side Cut control adds definition to the center channel, or widen it with the Width module and then feed it into the final compressor to glue everything together.

With 8 flexible modules to fit all types of drums, you can quickly shape your drums to burst out of your speakers. Air, Body, Details, Pressure, Transients, Tape saturation, Width and Glue modules combine to bring the rhythm section to life. The first two modules, Air and Body, add shine and weight to the sound. Boost the volume of quiet percussive elements with the Detail knob and add multi-band compression with the Pressure knob. Make your hits stronger by increasing the Transient level, then boost the analogue warmth with Tape saturation. The Width module determines the stereo field before feeding it to the Glue compressor.

Dedicating an entire bank of modules just to drum processing shows how much effort goes into KSHMR’s individual drum tracks. With 8 controls for sub-bass, mid, air, transient, tape saturation, pressure, compression and width, you can say goodbye to flabby hits and easily dial in a tight and defined sound. The initial sub-frequency generator adds more low frequencies once you tune the drum key. Use the next knob to concentrate the midrange signal, then add sparkle to the highs with the Air knob. The next control, Transient shaping, enhances the initial impact of the kick, and the Tape module can be adjusted from subtle saturation to complete distortion. The Pressure module processes specially selected multi-band compression and then feeds the signal to a regular compressor for smooth processing. Finally, with the Width control you can center the shot or make it wider.

You need a powerful synth line to get your hands up in the air, and this plugin knows how to hit the buttons. 8 modules here are designed for sparkling stereo processing: Body, Presence, Air, Exciter, Details, Pressure, Expand and Glue. The top line of controls determines the frequencies and harmonics of the synths: Body pumps up the lows and mids, Presence applies a magic EQ curve to minimize mud, Air adds treble sparkle, and Exciter saturates the upper harmonics. Next, Details highlights the subtlety of your synth’s line, which is then fed into the Pressure module’s multi-band compression. Generous use of the Expand control expands the stereo field, and finally the Glue compressor gives everything cohesiveness.

Vocal processing can be one of the most time-consuming parts of music production. KSHMR Essentials solves this difficult task much faster with 8 modules for adjusting Gate, Body, Clarity, Air, Compression, Pressure, Spread and Glue. No matter how great your vocalist is, you’ll need to eliminate uneven breathing and room noise, so use the initial Gate setting to do this. Then shape the tone of your singer’s performance using Body for weight, Clarity for clarity, and Air for shine. Then suppress the dynamics so your vocals cut through the mix using the Comp control. Multiband compression is processed by the Pressure module before creating a wide stereo image with Spread and adding subtle saturation and drive with the Glue control.

Visual feedback:
The processed audio can be selected as a waveform or frequency display at the top of the interface. This real-time feedback makes it easy to see exactly what’s happening with your audio when using left, right, middle, and side monitoring or playback modes.

Auto-Gain and Clip:
These two controls mean that no matter how much you control the plugin, all your changes can be automatically volume-matched. Auto Gain can be set from -12 to +12 dB and will maintain a constant gain running volume so you can accurately compare before and after processing. Use the Clipper controls to force the signal into a soft, variable clipper while maintaining the dynamics of the outgoing signal.


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