The Clariphonic Parallel Equalizer is a mastering grade, parallel shelving EQ matrix with a new filter shape that allows a single band to lift both the top and the bottom, simultaneously but asymmetrically. The top gets lifted at about a 3:1 ratio compared.
The signal path is super minimal - it's primarily a capacitance network made up of Wima and Panasonic caps - but the switching architecture is extremely cool and allows for a lot of new possibilities. I wanted to create an EQ that was artistic and right-brain in nature, to get you to think about sound in terms of textures and colors rather than numbers.
To that end, there are two engines per channel, the Focus Engine and the Clarity Engine, each of which can have one active band. I call them engines because they work on both ends of the spectrum despite being a single band. Anyway, there are four unique bands to choose from in each engine, each with its own slope and corner on top and bottom. So essentially it's a dual channel two-band EQ that behaves like a four-band hi/low EQ, with eight available filter shapes per channel which, because of the switching network, can be configured in 16 possible combinations.
Sonically, the filters are insanely smooth up top and do crazy cool things to the bottom, but the general idea is tighten/define the lows and lift/open the top with minimal coloration or phase smear. Each engine does that in its own way.
The Focus Engine is more of a broad push that totally clears the mud from sounds, lifts them up and forward, and can be aggressive at max boost but is always easy on the ears; combined with the tight lows it brings a new level of detail and immediacy to the picture.
The Clarity Engine works further out in the spectra, with the highest band's corners being somewhere in the 40hz area on the bottom and the 40k range up top (!). I've never heard air or shimmer like it. You have to be careful, the top on the Clarity Engine is like crack, it's highly addictive and really easy to do more than is wise because it always sounds good, it just takes the lid off the sound and opens it up. Use with caution!
Klanghelm MJUC Kush Audio Clariphonic DSP mkII Waves Butch Vig Vocals I'm sure there are a lot of great new plugins out there but these are the ones I have actually bought this year. :)
...emulation) - TDR Kotelnikov (usually on the mastering tight preset, adjusting the threshold accordingly to achieve 1dB of reduction) - Kush Audio Clariphonic (just a notch on both bands) - Waves Centre (lows a bit towards the mids, highs a bit to the sides, sides knob +1dB) - Slate VTM (taking around -1.5dB of bass alignment and pushing...
Stereo EQ focused on the high frequencies, mastering quality. This is the last thing in my chain before my buss compressor. This unit sprinkles a touch of money on your top end making your mixes sound taller. It sounds great, it looks cool and its easy to use. I just leave the knobs at 1...
I've been trying this unit out for about a week now and it's never going to leave my rack.
The Clariphonic is a great device if your mix needs a little lift and some air or some punch in the mids. Just like the other reviewer wrote the Clariphonic is always strapped on to my 2bus.
KuSh Audio Clariphonic for mastering
RRP USD $1,749
The Clariphonic is a dual mono parallel equalizer that splits up the signal into a series of parallel chains. You can use up to two simultaneous parallel chains per stereo side: one chain is called Focus and the other is...