Introducing Blackbox – a new affordable, standalone mastering solution from Nammick
There are all sorts of mastering options available to the aspiring producer these days. At the top end of the scale, you can pay to have your tracks lovingly polished by a professional mastering engineer – but unfortunately, those 'golden ears' charge by the hour, and they're not cheap! At the opposite end of the spectrum, there are a lot of different mastering plug-ins on the market - but these can vary wildly in quality. Alternatively, you can take your chances with one of several different online services.
Wouldn't it be nice, though, if there was a dedicated, standalone software solution available, offering professional-level mastering quality and hands-on control at a price that the average bedroom producer can afford?
That's where Blackbox comes in. Available for Windows and Mac, Blackbox is an easy-to-use but highly effective mastering tool that offers eight control parameters: Low Frequency Cut, Sub Enhance, Body Level, Clarity, Brightness, Loudness, Compression and Quality. The uncluttered layout makes the Blackbox software simple enough for even a beginner to use, but underneath the hood, some clever AI trickery plus filters, compressors, limiters and more – all faithfully modelled on classic analogue hardware from the likes of Neve – are working hard to give your tracks the professional sheen they deserve.
That groundbreaking combination of simple, expressive controls and content-aware AI means that all the user has to do is make a suggestion on how they want their audio to sound, and the software will do the rest – without the novice producer having to get to grips, at this stage, with all the intricacies of an audio mastering chain. Suitable for producers working in all styles, from rock, pop and indie, via hip-hop and R&B, to house, techno, trance and drum & bass, Blackbox will add punch, loudness and quality to your mix, while providing the overall balance found in many of today's top productions.