Mister Focus Sound Clips

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  • The following audio clips are processed through Mister Focus - STAGE II.  The front panel and internal settings are given in the right column.

    Drums

    Ambient Kick

    This is an ambient kick drum clip designed to work in an indie “stomp-clap” style rhythm track with no drumsjust stomps and claps.  Kind of in an X Ambassadors direction.  I needed this drum to round out the middle and add hugeness to the stomps, which were pretty trashy and a little thin sounding—they needed some size.  It should be noted that the dry drums are actually 0.1dB louder than the processed drums.  The processed drums are about 10 dB louder RMS, which is a testament to Mass Drivr and Super Filter's ability to elegantly clip transients and increase RMS levels.

    Dry Ambient Kick

    Mister Focus - STAGE II Ambient Kick

     

    Settings

    DRV: 4:30
    MIX: 3:00
    STAGE II: IN
    FILTER: IN
    FOCUS: 9:00
    PRE-STAGE II: IN
    Mass Drivr Module Settings: n/a
    Super Filter Module Settings: SAT, HPF = 23 Hz

     

    Twangy Electric Guitar

    These revisions are subtle, but, mellow out the attack of the notes in a beautiful way.  I wanted to add a little weight and heft to the sound of this twangy electric guitar.  You can really hear the pentode tube doing its work on the twangy attacks, and the sustained notes.  Subtle, but nice.

    Dry Twangy Electric Guitar

    Mister Focus - STAGE II Twangy Electric Guitar

     

    Settings

    DRV: 1:30
    MIX: 4:00
    STAGE II: IN
    FILTER: IN
    FOCUS: 8:00
    PRE-STAGE II: IN
    Pentode Module Settings: n/a
    Super Filter Module Settings: SAT, LPF, HPF = 23 Hz

     

    Acoustic Trio

    The original recording is nice, but I wanted to add some chime to the guitars and some overall weight, while also shaving off some of the transients that were not allowing me to get the recording as “loud” as I’d like.  Stage II really helped out in this regard. Even though the peaks on the dry track are higher, the track processed with Mister Focus sounds significantly louder.  The final result has more chime, a more solidified weight, shaved transients, and sustain across the strings.

    Dry Acoustic Trio

    Mister Focus - STAGE II Acoustic Trio

     

    Settings

    DRIV: 3:00
    MIX: 3:00
    STAGE II: IN
    FILTER: IN
    FOCUS: 11:30
    PRE-COMP: OUT
    Royal Blue Module Settings: Treble Boost IN
    Super Filter Module Settings: LPF, HPF = 23 Hz

     

    Bass

    Coming Soon

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    Settings

    INPUT: 3:30
    MIX: 3:00
    COMP: IN
    MEGA: IN
    FOCUS: 3:00
    PRE-COMP: IN
    Implode Module Settings: Default

     

    Vocals

    Male Vocals

    The dry vocal is spikey and kind of thin for my tastes.  I wanted to take it into more of a thick, indie-rock direction and put some hair on it.  The peaks on the dry signal limited me from taking the dry signal any louder.  Pentode is capable of going much further, however.  By setting the Colour Mode jumper on the main PCB to BOOST, the Pentode colored track could be driven into the Super Filter saturation circuit to increase the RMS level signficantly.  The amount of RMS gain is substantial enough such that I couldn’t even really get the files matched.  But the differences are pretty evident in terms of thickness, sustain, transient limiting, added harmonics.

    Dry Male Vocals

    Mister Focus - STAGE II Distorted Male Vocals

     

    Settings

    DRV: 1:30
    MIX: 5:00
    STAGE II: IN
    FILTER: IN
    FOCUS: 10:00
    PRE-STAGE II: IN
    Super Filter Module Settings: SAT, LPF, HPF = 23 Hz
    Colour Mode Jumper: BOOST

     

    Electronic

    Destroyed Electronica

    My goal in this clip was to “lo-fi” the music, increase the RMS punch of the track, and take the “fizz” off the extreme HF and move it down into the High Mids range.  I chose Stage II with Mass Drivr for the task.  This clip really shows off what Stage II acan do.  The dry track peaks 1.7 dB louder than the processed track, while the Stage II track has RMS levels 7.5 dB louder.  Amazing stuff—no compressors harmed in the process.  The increase in level was achieved more effectively here than with a compressor, and with less artifacts. I also like where the “fizz” moved down to in the track.  Meaty and punchy.  Quite different from a completely ITB Electronica track.

    Dry Destroyed Electronica

    Mister Focus - STAGE II Destroyed Electronica

     

    Settings

    DRV: 5:00
    MIX: 5:00
    STAGE II: IN
    FILTER: IN
    FOCUS: 1:30
    PRE-STAGE II: IN
    Super Filter Module Settings: SAT, LPF, HPF = 23 Hz
    Colour Mode Jumper: BOOST

     

    Mixes

    Trailer Music

    This Trailer Music track was murky. It needed to cut better and could stand a little more sub extension on the extreme bottom.  To do this, I chose the Stage II RB / SF combination.  The Treble boost on Royal Blue helped open up the top end, along with a tilt of the Focus Filter towards a brighter mix.  The resonant filter setting of 23 Hz on the Super Filter really lets the bottom shake.  This is especially noticeable with a subwoofer.  Adding a touch of saturation with the Sat setting on the Super Filter will help it cut thru the SFX onslaught when it gets mixed in with the SFX pre-mix.

    Dry Trailer Music

    Mister Focus - STAGE II Trailer Music

     

    Settings

    DRV: 10:30
    MIX: 5:00
    STAGE II: IN
    FILTER: IN
    FOCUS: 2:00
    PRE-STAGE II: OUT
    Royal Blue Module Settings: Treble Boost IN
    Super Filter Module Settings: SAT, HPF = 50 Hz

  • The following audio clips are processed through Mister Focus - COMP.  The front panel and internal settings are given in the right column.

    Drums

    Tribal Drums

    The initial track was sounding good, but I wanted to further bring out the tribal drums here.  The MF Comp effectively brought up the ambience of the track, added more distortion and aggression, and generally gave more sustain to the drums themselves.  As is evidenced by just looking at the waveforms, there is some significant transient clipping and shaping going on.  The end result is purposefully blown out in a fun way.

    Dry Tribal Drums

    Mister Focus - COMP Tribal Drums

     

    Settings

    INPUT: 5:00
    MIX: 1:00
    COMP: IN
    MEGA: IN
    FOCUS: 12:30
    PRE-COMP: IN
    Implode Module Settings: 4:1, slow attack, fast release

     

    Guitar

    Mandolin

    This mando really needed to compete.  I chose Implode for a longish attack and shortish release, bringing the spank right out.  Add Focus to bring the entire part right into, well, just what it’s named for, focus.

    Dry Mandolin

    Mister Focus - COMP Mandolin

     

    Settings

    INPUT: unknown
    MIX: unknown
    COMP: IN
    MEGA: IN
    FOCUS: unknown
    PRE-COMP: unknown
    Implode Module Settings: 4:1, slow attack, fast release

     

    Bass

    Coming Soon

    Stay Tuned

     

    Settings

    INPUT: 3:30
    MIX: 3:00
    COMP: IN
    MEGA: IN
    FOCUS: 3:00
    PRE-COMP: IN
    Implode Module Settings: Default

     

    Rock Bass Sample

    This is a nice little sequenced/ sampled rock bass line. Initially it was a little flaccid. The MF Comp track felt hugely louder, but the peaks were actually identical.  So I RMS matched, lowering just 3-4 dB.  While listening, I had to lower another 6dB to get them close.  The MF Comp bass still sounds twice as loud, and more aggressive with the comp/drivr combo. The Mass Drivr was useful here for transient clipping, and I left some distortion hair on it because it sounded great in the track.

    Dry Rock Bass

    Mister Focus - COMP Rock Bass

     

    Settings

    INPUT: 3:30
    MIX: 3:00
    COMP: IN
    MEGA: IN
    FOCUS: 3:00
    PRE-COMP: IN
    Implode Module Settings: 4:1, Dr. Pepper attack and release

     

    Vocals

    Coming Soon

    Stay Tuned

     

    Settings

    INPUT: 3:30
    MIX: 3:00
    COMP: IN
    MEGA: IN
    FOCUS: 3:00
    PRE-COMP: IN
    Implode Module Settings: Default

     

    Electronica

    Coming Soon

    Stay Tuned

     

    Settings

    INPUT: 3:30
    MIX: 3:00
    COMP: IN
    MEGA: IN
    FOCUS: 3:00
    PRE-COMP: IN
    Implode Module Settings: Default

     

    Mixes

    Coming Soon

    Stay Tuned

     

    Settings

    INPUT: 3:30
    MIX: 3:00
    COMP: IN
    MEGA: IN
    FOCUS: 3:00
    PRE-COMP: IN
    Implode Module Settings: Default

  • The following audio clips are processed through Mister Focus - EQ.  The front panel and internal settings are given in the right column.

    Drums

    Coming Soon

    Stay Tuned

    Dry Drum Overheads

    Mister Focus - EQ Drum Overheads

     

    Settings

    DRV: 9:30
    GAIN: 3:30
    EQ: IN
    SHEEN: IN
    FOCUS: 1:00
    PRE-EQ: IN
    Rogue-Tec Air Module Settings: 12 kHz, HF Boost = max
    Royal Blue Module Settings: Treble Boost = BYP

     

    Guitar / Strings

    Funk Guitar

    This sample is super thin and really sounds digital.  Maybe it seemed like a good idea when they made it, but it didn’t work for me.  I used the FET Filter and Royal Blue in EQ to punch it up, bring out some grit, and kill the Digititus.  Worked for me.  Again, Mister Focus showing off its ability to use a great analog signal path to up RMS levels without compression.

    Dry Funk Guitar

    Mister Focus - EQ Funk Guitar

     

    Settings

    DRV: 11:00
    GAIN: 4:00
    EQ: IN
    SHEEN: IN
    FOCUS: 10:00
    PRE-EQ: IN
    FET Filter Module Settings: FET = IN, DIRTY, Mid Gain = full CW, Mid Freq = 800 Hz, HPF = OFF
    Royal Blue Module Settings: Treble Boost = BYP

     

    Violin

    A nice warm violin track that I needed to cut a little more, and to make a little more muscular to stand up to the rest of the 8-9 piece Bluegrass band.  This is the sort of thing Mister Focus - EQ handles nicely.

    Dry Violin

    Mister Focus - EQ Violin

     

    Settings

    DRV: 3:00
    GAIN: 12:00
    EQ: IN
    SHEEN: IN
    FOCUS: 1:00
    PRE-EQ: IN
    Rogue-Tec Air Module Settings: 16 kHz, HF Boost = max
    Royal Blue Module Settings: Treble Boost = OFF

     

    Bass

    Coming Soon

    Stay Tuned

     

    Settings

    DRV: 9:30
    GAIN: 3:30
    EQ: IN
    SHEEN: IN
    FOCUS: 1:00
    PRE-EQ: IN
    Rogue-Tec Air Module Settings: 12 kHz, HF Boost = max
    Royal Blue Module Settings: Treble Boost = BYP

     

    Vocals

    Coming Soon

    Stay Tuned

     

    Settings

    DRV: 9:30
    GAIN: 3:30
    EQ: IN
    SHEEN: IN
    FOCUS: 1:00
    PRE-EQ: IN
    Rogue-Tec Air Module Settings: 12 kHz, HF Boost = max
    Royal Blue Module Settings: Treble Boost = BYP

     

    Electronica

    Dark Pad

    I wanted to brighten up this dark pad and bring out the beautiful “air” that I knew was hiding in the dark synths.  Rogue-Tec Air and a touch of Focus Filter did just the trick.  Royal Blue did a nice job of solidifying the track.

    Dry Dark Pad

    Mister Focus - EQ Dark Pad

     

    Settings

    DRV: 9:30
    GAIN: 3:30
    EQ: IN
    SHEEN: IN
    FOCUS: 1:00
    PRE-EQ: IN
    Rogue-Tec Air Module Settings: 12 kHz, HF Boost = max
    Royal Blue Module Settings: Treble Boost = BYP

     

    Mixes

    Coming Soon

    Stay Tuned

     

    Settings

    DRV: 9:30
    GAIN: 3:30
    EQ: IN
    SHEEN: IN
    FOCUS: 1:00
    PRE-EQ: IN
    Rogue-Tec Air Module Settings: 12 kHz, HF Boost = max
    Royal Blue Module Settings: Treble Boost = BYP

  • The following audio clips are processed through Mister Focus - RGB.  The front panel and internal settings are given in the right column.

    Drums

    Simple Drums

    I really wanted to process these very simple drums to illustrate how awesome the custom transformers and op amps sound.  There is no EQ, no verb, no compressors or anything else on these tracks.  Not even on the Mr. Focus tracks.  Just the raw drums — faders up and roll.  Between the two clips, the peaks have been matched exactly.  However the processed file is two to three times as loud:  RMS shows 7.5 dB louder.  This brings out the room, and adds punch, and gives the impression the drummer is now playing more forcefully.

    Dry Simple Drums

    Mister Focus - RGB Simple Drums

     

    Settings

    C-DRV: 5:00
    C-MIX: 5:00
    COLOUR: IN
    TWO-TONE: IN
    FOCUS: 12:00
    PRE-C: IN
    Mass Drivr Module Settings: n/a
    Royal Blue Module Settings: Treble Boost = BYP

     

    Guitar / Strings

    Banjo

    A great performance, but I think it was recorded with a ribbon mic, and it just didn’t cut in the track with enough authority.  I wanted more aggression, and an overall brighter sound.  I tried an 1176 and an EQ, but ultimately ended up with an RGB configuration of Mister Focus.  Hitting Mass Drivr hard to shave some transients into Royal Blue to add some HF lift and heft ended up working better than the compressor and EQ.  Sometimes transformers just work better.  And then other times, two work even better.

    Dry Banjo

    Mister Focus - RGB Banjo

     

    Settings

    C-DRV: 11:00
    C-MIX: 3:00
    COLOUR: IN
    TWO-TONE: IN
    FOCUS: 1:30
    PRE-C: OUT
    Mass Drivr Module Settings: n/a
    Royal Blue Module Settings: Treble Boost = IN

     

    Electric Guitar

    This clip should have everything going for it.  A great guitarist.  Amazing guitar.  Killer vintage amps.  But unfortunately it’s suffering from crappy converts and being recorded at 16-bit.  Disappointing.  Even after going through my usual solution for guitars like this - the Manley Vari Mu - it still wasn’t quite cutting it.  I wanted to add some size, some sustain, some aggression, and a little harmonic goodness to this track.  I used one of my secret weapons on this Mister Focus guitar Clip.  It delivered exactly what I was after.

    Dry Electric Guitar

    Mister Focus - RGB Electric Guitar

     

    Settings

    C-DRV
    C-MIX: 
    COLOUR: IN
    TWO-TONE: IN
    FOCUS: 
    PRE-C
    Top Secret Module Settings: n/a
    Top Secret Module Settings: Treble Boost = IN

     

    Bass

    Funk Bass

    Much like with the mid-range boost / cut of the Dark Pad, I wanted to try something similar on this bass.  I left the mid cut at 330 Hz, but added back in the saturation via the "dirty" jumper setting.  It’s subtle, but puts a little edge on this bass.  The 5th, 6th, and 7th notes of the clip come to life with huge vibrant bottom on the MF RGB clip.

    Dry Funk Bass

    Mister Focus - RGB Funk Bass

     

    Settings

    C-DRV: 10:00
    C-MIX: 4:00
    COLOUR: IN
    TWO-TONE: IN
    FOCUS: 9:00
    PRE-C: OUT
    FET Filter Module Settings: FET = IN, DIRTY, Mid Gain = full CCW, Mid Freq = 330 Hz, HPF = OFF
    Mass Drivr Module Settings: n/a

     

    Vocals

    Female Vocal

    This vocal suffers a bit from what I like to call “digititus.”  Some tubes and transformers were called for, and Pentode and Royal Blue delivered.  The final mix is sweet, more harmonically complex, better sustain and just all around smoothed out.

    Dry Female Vocal

    Mister Focus - RGB Female Vocal

     

    Settings

    C-DRV: 12:30
    C-MIX: 3:30
    COLOUR: IN
    TWO-TONE: IN
    FOCUS: 9:30
    PRE-C: IN
    Pentode Module Settings: n/a
    Royal Blue Module Settings: Treble Boost = BYP

     

    Electronica

    Coming Soon

    Stay Tuned

     

    Settings

    C-DRV: 5:00
    C-MIX: 5:00
    COLOUR: IN
    TWO-TONE: IN
    FOCUS: 12:00
    PRE-C: IN
    Mass Drivr Module Settings: 
    Royal Blue Module Settings: 

     

    Mixes

    Tension TV Cue

    When making a TV Underscore, I’m not a huge fan of heavy compression / limiting.  It makes it difficult to get the music to sit right under dialogue and narration.  So I use some other tricks.  I decided to try Mister Focus in its RGB config with some of my special secret sauce, and it turned out great.  This track was 100% ITB, and using Mister Focus added some bottom, depth, and made the little percussion stuff come alive and start dancing.  I’m quite happy with the result.  MF is the only Analog piece on this cue.  And it’s pretty obvious what it’s doing if you a/b back and forth.  The peak levels are actually higher on the dry clip, but the RMS punch is obviously louder on the MF clip.

    Dry TV Tension Cue

    Mister Focus - RGB TV Tension Cue

     

    Settings

    C-DRV
    C-MIX: 
    COLOUR: IN
    TWO-TONE: IN
    FOCUS: 
    PRE-C
    Top Secret Module Settings: 
    Top Secret Module Settings: 

  • The following audio clips are processed through the Focus EQ only.  The clip starts out with the dry track.  The next three repeats demonstrate the Focus knob being turned to the right towards "TREB".  The clip will return to the dry track agin.  Then the final three repeats demonstrate the Focus knob being turned to the left towards "BASS".  The dry clip is provided separately for reference.

    Drums

    50's Drums

    These two clips present an unprocessed dry clip, and a processed series that first emphasizes treble, and then emphasizes bass.  The meaty, yet balanced frequency spectrum of these drums really shows off how radically Focus can re-balance the energy of your tracks.  As the Focus knob is swept different parts of the kit are highlighted without the overall level changing as would occur with a more traditional EQ.

    Dry 50's Drums

    Mister Focus - FOCUS Sweep 50's Drums

     

    Settings

    FOCUS: IN

     

    Guitar

    Coming Soon

    Stay Tuned

     

    Settings

    FOCUS: IN

     

    Bass

    Coming Soon

    Stay Tuned

     

    Settings

    FOCUS: IN

     

    Vocals

    Airy Vocals

    These two clips present an unprocessed dry clip, and a processed series that first emphasizes treble, and then emphasizes bass.  The simplicity of the Focus EQ understates how powerful it is for completely re-balancing the warmth and air of the source material.  A little goes a long way, but it always sounds natural and organic.  As the Focus knob is swept the body and breath of the track is pushed and pulled forward and backward in the mix without any noticeable difference in RMS level.

    Dry Airy Vocals

    Mister Focus - FOCUS Sweep Airy Vocals

     

    Settings

    FOCUS: IN

     

    Synth / Keys

    Rhodes

    These two clips present an unprocessed dry clip, and a processed series that first emphasizes treble, and then emphasizes bass.  This demonstrates how effortlessly the Focus EQ can gently reshape your source to have the vibe that benefits your mix most.  As the Focus knob is swept different timbres of the Rhodes are brought into the foreground.

    Dry Rhodes

    Mister Focus - FOCUS Sweep Rhodes

     

    Settings

    FOCUS: IN

     

    Mixes

    Coming Soon

    Stay Tuned

     

    Settings

    FOCUS: IN

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