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Kush Audio UBK-1 Plug-in Reviews

5.0 stars based on 7 customer reviews
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  • Tyler Berggren

    The Kush Audio UBK-1 plug-in might be one of my favorite compressors ever - hardware or software. It has a distinctly different workflow than any other dynamic tool I've ever used, with sonic results that are equally unique. As an engineer who loves to spend WAY too much time fiddling with attack and release times on normal compressors, I am always suprised how quickly I can find the sweet spot with the five preset compression curves. The built-in saturation section is superb and the density control is a cool way to add a different emphasis to your compression. This thing lives on my drum bus - always. Depending on the type of mix I'm working on, I just might strap this across the whole mix bus too, usually mixing it in parallel with the built-in wet/dry controls.

  • from Omaha, NE January 16, 2014Music Background:
    Mixing Engineer


    After you actually hear this crush drums, guitars, or room mics, you instantly get hooked. It acts and "moves" things in such a musical way. I have to admit, this may have slammed the door in the face of those who said plug-ins will never sound "analog". Beautiful.

  • from March 28, 2013Music Background:
    Musician and Music Producer

    Excellent Tool

    Surely, this was the best investment I could make, really improved the sound mix, sound great. . . . wonderful!

  • from Nashville, TN January 2, 2013Music Background:
    Alot of things, but currently mix engineer and sound designer



  • from Chicago June 1, 2012Music Background:
    Engineer, Guitar and Piano player.

    YES, YES, YES, Thank you, and One More YES!

    This compressor (errr.... Dynamic coloration Tool....., because its much more than a compressor) is amazing.

    It excels on every instrument that I have used it on. It adds thickness and weight to any an all things guitar, IS AMAZING on the drum bus or any individual drums. And it makes me weep a bit when inserting it on the master bus...(Well I only weep when I bypass it on the master bus ;)

    It actually beat out My HARDWARE Api 2500 for master bus duties on a few mixes.

    Now for the useful part of the review in addition to the gleaming admiration for this piece of software.

    1. it can thicken any source that you throw at it.

    2. The 5 different compressors are very different sounding and at least one of them will be just the Ticket for whatever audio you process.

    3. Parallel processing is awesome, and this plugin can parallel process both the saturation and compression sections. This makes some of the more extreme settings with this plugin possible... Just mix a bit of the "Crush" compressor into the signal on a snare drum awesomeness.

    4. Tons of USEFUL presets are included. Lets face it, sometimes you want to work fast, and tweaking a preset is faster than starting from scratch.

    really can't say enough good things about this plugin.

  • from Oregon April 23, 2012Music Background:
    Done it all for decades


    I play what could best be described as adult orientated rock.

    My set-up -> I work with a singer guitarist and I do all the instrumental parts (except guitars) on keys. Motif for bass parts and Superior drums with occasional percussion from RMX Stylus. With a lot of tweaking, I finally got Superior to sound like a real drummer. Motif bass - not so real until I started using the JJP Bass Plug-in. OK - Nice clean (sanitary?) mixes with a moderate amount of 'punch'. I get a good sound but Iíve never been really thrilled with it. I try to be objective and I think my stuff sounds as good as anything I have heard from any in-the-box project studio.

    Enter the Kush UBK-1. First let me say "it ain't pretty" but then, I don't think it was supposed to be. It can go from somewhat subtle to over the top. Plan on spending some time dialing it in and this thing just rocks. Using the UBK-1 on the drum buss and bass and now the drums are pumping, the bass is kicking, and the house is rocking. Finally, I'm in the groove and it's slamming. Yeah, Iím thrilled with my sound now.

    Highly recommended.

  • from Germany March 11, 2012Music Background:
    Audio Engineer

    Kush Audio UBK-1

    Absolut Great Sounding Dynamic Tool. My absolut Favourit.

  • from NC January 31, 2012Music Background:
    musician, producer

    Reinvent your workflow

    The interface and signal path is pure genius. Replaces so much of the sound-shaping that it used to take me several plugins and lots of parallel processing to accomplish, and is versatile enough to use on individual tracks, mix buses, and the stereo mix simultaneously. The sound is everything you could ask for, full of dynamic character and covering everything from smooth and subtle to biting and explosive with ease. The serial, parallel wet/dry faders let you dial in just the perfect amount of saturation and energy, and the headroom knob is a game-changer that dictates the way the rest of the plugin reacts. Endless sweet spots and creative potential!

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