The House of KUSH brings upon thee a new mastering equalizer plug-in called BLYSS. By its description, it’s as much of an EQ as it is a “soundgoodizer” that makes things sound expensive. Mastering EQs tend to be on the surgical side, but there’s always a place in the chain for plug-ins like this.
BLYSS Mastering equalizer
The plug-in architecture employs multiple cascaded saturators, a 6-band EQ, and a mastering-grade compressor. Getting around them is as straightforward as possible, owing to KUSH’s product philosophy: “less is more, choices are limited but comprehensive, and all sections are designed to work together”. Couldn’t have said it better! For example, the saturation stage includes modeled input, interstage, and output transformers plus 3 discrete op-amp stages – but all it takes to get a good sound out of them is two knobs (saturation, blend) and one meter.
The equalizer section has switchable low (40, 80, 120Hz) and low-mid (200, 400, 800Hz) bands, high-pass filter (30, 40, 50Hz), high-mid (1.5, 3, 5kHz) and high (8, 18, 28kHz) bands, low-pass filter (16, 18, 20kHz). Likewise, the compressor has a timing switch (fast or slow), threshold, make-up gain, and a in/out switch (bypass). The BLYSS user interface is complete with a preset browser and input/output gain control with metering. With these facilities, BLYSS is practically a self-contained mastering chain. Judging by early bird user reports, this is another solid KUSH release.
BLYSS Master Channel EQ – Price and availability
The BLYSS Master Channel EQ is sold for USD 99. It’s also part of the USD 10 / mo KUSH Complete subscription bundle. A 10-day trial version and the user manual are available for download. The plug-ins work under macOS 10.13 or later and Windows 8 or later. A free iLok account is required for authorization (paid USB dongle is not required).