Exonic UK AI Master must be the most minimalistic AI mastering plug-in yet. With only two buttons, AI Master promises to handle the complex task of mastering all by itself. Let’s hope that the mastering humanoid knows what he’s doing!
Exonic UK AI Master
Artificial intelligence is steadily transforming the world of mastering. That’s no coincidence. Mastering is an intricate task that takes people many years (sometimes a lifetime) to, well, master. But at its core, the complex process comes down to analyzing the material and making the appropriate choices, which is something that sufficiently intelligent algorithms and trained neural networks can be quite good at.
Over the past few years, several plug-ins have appeared that promise to give us magic mastering powers through the use of artificial intelligence, like the Eventide Elevate Bundle, iZotope Ozone’s Mastering Assistant or unconventional approaches like Zynaptiq Intensity. Many online mastering services rely on AI, as well. But most of these plug-ins and services still let you interact with the algorithms in one way or another or. At the very least, most let you choose from a variety of presets. That’s akin to letting a mastering engineer know what you want.
Mastering at the push of a button
Exonic UK’s new plug-in AI Master is different. The only thing it lets you do yourself is switch from the ANALYSE to the MASTER mode when it has finished listening to your track. Everything else takes place inside the mysterious web of algorithms, symbolized by the blank stare of a humanoid. The developer says that AI Master optimizes the dynamic range, spectral balance, stereo field and overall level, thereby preparing your tracks for distribution across multiple platforms. Which is typically what we expect when we hire someone for a mastering job.
Personally, I have a feeling that this might be taking it a bit too far. After all, a skilled mastering engineer may seem to work in mysterious ways, but he or she will surely listen to what you have to say. At the same time, I’m intrigued and curious. If AI Master delivers convincing results, why not give it a chance?
Price and compatibility
Exonic UK AI Master costs GBP 69. You can download a free trial version, which is fully functional but introduces intermittent noises and mutes. The plug-in runs on Windows and macOS in VST, VST3 and AU formats (64 bit only).