United Plugins Launches Quick AG
United Plugins is proud to present Quick AG — the first fruit of the first company cross-brand collaboration between FireSonic (with its always-searching-for-a-shortcut attitude) and SounDevice Digital (forever fine-tuning tools based on the longterm experience of mixing many recordings in its namesake SounDevice Studio), joining forces as Instant Audio to create a series of tools to instantly assist artists in achieving their desired sound, starting with an all-in-one acoustic guitar solution compatible with major AAX/AU/VST DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) applications on both macOS and Windows as a superlative shortcut to sought-after natural acoustic instrument sounds.
Ultimately, United Plugins’ Instant Audio brand is as aptly-named as its on point plug-in debut. After all, satisfactorily mixing acoustic guitar — or, for that matter, mandolin or ukulele — does not come naturally to newcomers and even experienced engineers can find it tough going as it is evidently easier said than done; doing it instantly is, of course, another story altogether — for both newcomers and experienced engineers alike. As such, Quick AG aims to set the perfect sound for those tricky acoustic instruments in seconds.
Quick AG Key Features
The aim of Quick AG is to set the perfect sound for your acoustic instrument within a few seconds. This plugin contains everything you may need to turn raw recordings into great-sounding mixes with a fantastic vibe.
Tuned for each instrument
The Selector window lets you choose an instrument you are about to mix and sets the hidden parameters of compressor and EQ to ideal positions. You can achieve audible improvement of your sound just by choosing the right preset.
Based on the Selector settings EQ is automatically set to particular’s instrument optimal settings. Still, you can tweak the body and spark to fit your recording. And you have access to Low Pass and De-Harsh to remove frequencies that may feel disturbing.
Perfectly fitting compressor
No matter if you just want to smooth the levels with clean compression or give the track a bit of analogue colour, Quick AG lets you do it easily. And you may even blend the compressor styles. Again, the internal setting of the compressor corresponds with the selected instrument.
Reverb is an essential part of the acoustic guitar chain. You can blend three algorithms perfectly tuned for acoustic instruments. Just set the desired length and amount. Astonishing sound is at your fingertips – Quick AG’s Reverb is set within a few seconds.
Starting with the Selector ‘porthole’, users can choose an acoustic instrument that they are about to mix. As a result, Quick AG automatically applies hidden COMP (compressor) and EQ (equaliser) parameters with optimal settings for the instrument in question. Quick AG makes it perfectly possible to achieve audible improvement to the resultant sound just by choosing the correct preset!
Presets are all well and good — all the more so in Quick AG’s case, clearly, but users can still tweak the EQ section’s BODY and SPARK settings to better suit their recording requirements, while access to the similarly self-explanatory LOW PASS and DE-HARSH controls are also available to remove frequencies that may be deemed disturbing.
Clearly compression is in the ear of the beholder, but whether users are simply seeking to smooth levels by selecting CLEAN compression or give their track some analogue colouration via its 1176 or VARI-MU selections, Quick AG allows them to do it instantly. It is even possible to blend the COMP STYLE with the AMOUNT control. Whatever way the user chooses to interact with Quick AG, the internal setting of the compressor corresponds with the selected instrument.
Reverb represents an essential ingredient of any acoustic guitar chain, and, again, Quick AG has it covered, courtesy of its three- STYLE — PLATE, HALL, and ROOM — REVERB selection. Those three algorithms are perfectly tuned for acoustic instruments and can also be blended; simply select LENGTH and the DRY/WET amount. An astonishing sound is at anyone’s fingertips as Quick AG’s REVERB is set within seconds!
An XTRA section applies an extra polishing touch to the acoustic guitar — or mandolin or ukulele — sound, so users can quickly add stereo WIDTH, DOUBLER, and TRANSIENT amounts to taste. The resulting acoustic guitar sound is sure to cut through any mix and sparkle like no other!
The Quick AG plug-in provides everything needed to turn raw recordings into great-sounding mixes with a fantastic vibe using internal 64-bit audio processing and any sampling rate, ranging up to 192 kHz (or even higher) — and all via a photorealistic GUI (Graphical User Interface) that looks like touching real hardware yet easily adapts to the user’s needs.
United Plugins’ first cross-brand collaboration between FireSonic and SounDevice Digital as Instant Audio certainly succeeds as a tool to instantly assist artists in achieving their desired sound. As a superlative shortcut to sought-after natural acoustic instrument sounds, surely Quick AG is all set to instantly appeal to both newcomers and experienced engineers alike.
Pricing and Availability
Instant Audio’s Quick AG is available to purchase for a time-limited introductory promo price of €19.00 EUR until August 31, 2020 — rising thereafter to €99.00 EUR — as an AAX-, AU-, and VST-compatible audio plug-in directly from United Plugins
A 15-day, fully-functional trial version for macOS and Windows can be downloaded for free.
Note that no iLok, dongle, or internet access is required for Quick AG activation. (All United Plugins software uses license files for activation and owners can freely use purchased software on all their computers as long as they are the user.)
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