TK Audio TK-lizer by Chris900
First a word of caution: This is not your ordinary review (I don't mention all the frequency points etc), but rather a description of how I worked with this unit plus some audio clips that those interested can listen to in hope that somebody might find it useful).
Since I'm a firm believer of "action speaks louder than words" or to be even more blunt "to talk about music is like dancing about architecture" I thought I'd upload two snippets of a track: one unprocessed and one processed. This is far from a scientific shootout, so if you're looking for that sort of thing you'll have to look elsewhere. And since I don't really like doing shootouts for the sake of shootouts, I decided to use the TK-lizer in a real-world situation. In this case it's a song that I recorded and mixed a couple weeks ago. I really liked the mix but felt the it would definitely benefit from a little mastering. Enter the TK-lizer. What was bugging me the most about the mix, was that I found it a little bass heavy, especially in the sub area. Therefor I engaged the high pass filter of the TK-lizer at 30hz to get rid of some of that excessive low end. I also took out half a dB at 132 Hz to clear up the track further. Since I had put the TK-lizer in m/s mode I added just a touch of 16 kHz to the middle, since I felt the acoustics panned left and right really didn't need any more top (I wasn't really aiming for a super bright sound). Using the gain controls I widened the track slightly to make the vocal sit a bit better in the mix. As icing on the cake I added yet another product of TK's, namely VintageDesign Cl1. Ratio set to 2:1 meters barely moving, not compressing more than 1 dB or so. Voila! There you have it. You be the judge whether you like what the TK-lizer plus Cl1 brought to the table on this specific track. All I can say is TK knows what he's doing, that's for sure.
The only thing I miss feature wise would be a low pass filter like the Dangerous BAX EQ has, but at this price pont you really can't complain.
Download the files (16/44.1) here:
References | Analog Sweetening