|Genres||Metal, Djent, hard rock|
|Recommended retail price||$10|
Score: 7.5 / 10
Audio Assault “The Punch” seemed like something I needed to try. I don’t always mind the one knob type plugins if the one knob actually does something cool. It was $5.00 when I bought it and I bought it because $5 plugins are hard to resist.
Plugins that add punch can be used all over your mix. Sometimes in metal tones we try to limit the punchier areas of the guitar tone to ensure it doesn’t overtake a mix. However in this situation, we are going to use it sparingly and specifically. We will try it for bass and for guitar to see how it works out.
You can sneak this plugin into your signal chain in a few different places to add some more realistic qualities to a thinner guitar or bass tone. We used it directly in our signal chain but I personally had the best results using it on the master guitar bus sparingly.
One knob plugins aren’t meant to be a huge factor but instead to be tone-shaping tools used later on in the game to enhance or refine things. I wouldn’t put a one-knob plugin in any signal chain full time but I like having as many of them around as possible during the mixing stages of recordings.
For guitar it helped round things out and create a bit more response in the picking. For bass the punch plugin was a huge help in filling things out and giving a more compressed bass tone some more beef.
UPS / DOWNS:
This plugin is a simple and effective way to add some warmth or “weight” to a number of tracks in any mix. It can help fill out the thin edges of some amp sims which can be a huge deal. Amp sims always need a little or a lot of help to sound more realistic, the punch can help out.