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Slam Dawg by Beatskillz
Slam Dawg Product Link – What stood out to me most with Slam Dawg is the three knobs for getting an awesome kick drum and tight bass section to your mixes.
Slam Dawg’s Bass Knobs Hone in the Right Frequencies
Slam Dawg is a pleasure to look at!
It allows you to tweak your low-end, increase clarity, and even has dry/wet sliders to fine-tune the amount of effect you want.
When first using this plugin, I’m sure you’l be impressed with the knobs on the left like I was. They allow you to fine-tune and perfect the low-end of your mix:
- Mud Out – Adds a low-cut filter and boosts around 50Hz. This knob really helps your bassline and kick drum cut through and have major beef!
- Boom – Boosts at 60Hz; again focusing on your bassline and kick drum.
- Thump – This is where your kick drum hits you in the chest. It helps improve the audibility of your drums inside your mix.
These three knobs are by far my favorite part of Slam Dawg.
Slam Dawg’s distortion knob is called HEAT.
I honestly couldn’t force myself to like the sound of this distortion or the effect it had on my sound. With just reviewing Beatskillz REELight plugin, this HEAT knob didn’t meet up to the quality REELight produced!
I found it had a phasey/bit reduction sound, rather than a fattening and thickness sound like said in their user manual!
Clarity, Air, Brightness
Moving on, we come to the AIRZZ knob.
This is used to increase brightness and clarity in your mix. I found I had to push the knob quite hard to hear the effect, and the high-end of my mix became more on the side of harsh, in my opinion.
I would like to see a couple knobs on the high-end for further fine-tuning, just like on the low-end knobs, to make Slam Dawg a really versatile plugin!
Dynamics Section [CRUSH + POP]
Slam Dawg has both a limiter and compressor.
CRUSH is the limiter.
POP is the compressor.
I really liked the CRUSH knob! I felt it did exactly what a limiter is intended to do – make your track more consistent in volume. To push this plugin even further, it would of been nice to be able to adjust a ceiling, like to -1dB for example. (As is becoming popular to avoid MP3 distortion).
The workflow would still have to make you use a limiter or an actual meter to see where you peaks are within your track.
Whereas POP.. I found quite aggressive as a compressor.
It’s always good to have these types of tools in your producer tool bag, but even dialing in the tiniest bit on POP induced noticeable compressor pumping artifacts; a bit too aggressive for a mastering scenario, in my opinion.
But like I said, cool to have around for extreme effects at certain times!
Getting Wideness with Slam Dawg’s Stereo Knob
Slam Dawg also has a stereo knob to increase wideness, which they claim is mono-compatible.
I think this would be an awesome tool, if it didn’t effect your low-end.
Or, at least, give you an option to split frequency bands to keep your low-end mono, but manipulate your mid-to-high frequencies! (Whether this be a fixed or variable low-cut filter to choose what frequencies to start widening.)
This is just my personal preference, but that’s what I’ve seen with other plugins provide over my years producing!
Overall, I think Slam Dawg is a pretty cool plugin.
My favorite thing about Slam Dawg is the knobs which effect the low-end of your track. Even when trying to emulate these knobs with my own EQ settings, I wasn’t able to get my EQ sounding as nice as these knobs.
In regards to Slam Dawg’s other knobs, I didn’t find them overly useful, and at times, could even be harmful to the fidelity of your mix!
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