Year/Date of Issue: 09.2021
Developer: United Plugins & Instant Audio
Developer site: unitedplugins
Format: VST, VST3, AAX
Bit depth: 32bit, 64bit
Tabletka: present | R2R
System requirements: Host with support for VST, AAX format plugins
Description : United Plugins Quick AG: the perfect acoustic guitar sound.
Getting acoustic strings to sound right during recording can be tricky, according to the developers of the new Quick AG plugin. Mic selection and placement, EQ and compression settings, levels… Quick AG is a plug-in that gives you a versatile set of tools for mixing acoustic instruments such as guitar, ukulele and mandolin.
At first glance, the plugin looks rather cluttered. But upon closer inspection, the color interface is laid out quite logically. So navigating through the various sections will probably be quick, unless you’re new to making music.
First in the chain is the variable compressor, which simulates FET, Vari-Mu and Clean style compression. Next up is a guitar-optimized EQ with Low-Cut, Body, De-harsh and Spark controls so you don’t have to search for the right frequencies. Next up is the “Xtra” processor with Transient, Doubler and Width controls that add nice touches of presence, weight and width to the instrument.
Finally, a three-way reverb (Plate, Hall, Room) with Dry/Wet and Length controls helps complete the sound with ambience.
Placed in this way, the plug-in is accessible to beginners as well as those with a little more experience. No doubt experienced mixing engineers already have proven signal chains set up in their DAWs and this type of plug-in is probably not necessary. But for beginners, there are presets for various instruments that developers consider “ideal” settings.
Overall, the concept is interesting and detailed, as well as a realistic user interface. This plugin simplifies a lot of things that are hard to say about most typical studio effects. Adding some analog color, revitalizing a dry acoustic track, lightening up a guitar with old strings, there are many uses here if you want to quickly improve your acoustic performance.