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Artist Spotlight

Heba Kadry

I'm a mastering engineer
Tell us about projects that you enjoyed or that you're proud of.

Most recently mixing Bjork’s incredible new album “Utopia”.

Mastering work: Slowdive’s first album in 22 years, John Maus new album “Screen Memories", Ryuichi Sakamoto’s score for “The Fortress” and Diamanda Galas’ latest album “At St Thomas The Apostle Harlem". I’m a huge fan of all those artists, so it’s a total dream come true to work with them.

How did you first hear of DMGAudio?

I think I read something about it online and it piqued my interest. I remember liking how simple the user interface was…I have a deep aversion for plugins that try to look like the real thing. Also there’s something unbiased and pure about the simplicity of the design. Makes you work harder on getting a cooler more interesting sound instead of a preconceived notion of what it’s supposed to sound like.

How do you feel about DMGAudio plugins?

DMG EQuilibrium is a plugin I simply cannot do without. My favourite software EQ. I was on an AES panel this year demonstrating my automation EQ techniques strictly using EQuilibrium with Sequoia! So I think I qualify as a super fan haha.

How would you describe our plugins?

Super clean, precise and no frills but can also be incredibly detailed if you want it to. I love that there’s a collapsable simple and detailed GUI view of every plugin.

What are your favourite DMGAudio plugins and how do they integrate with your workflow?

EQuilibrium and Compassion plugins are almost always on my mix bus to shape up and “prepare” the source mix coming out of my DAW before it hits the Mytek DAC into my console.

I also use EQuilibrium extensively when I’m automating a track in Sequoia to pull out or tame certain frequencies within particular regions in a stereo mix.

For example, perhaps in the choruses the snare got a little lost as a result of over compression during the mixing process but is really loud in the verses, I’ll always resort to EQuilibrium to readjust the snare balance within each region I create and save different snapshots of it to quickly pull up the EQ as I’m working throughout the track. Just allows you to take a mix a little step further and be a little creative.

The Spectrum Analyzer on EQuillibrium is really clever too. You can set up the 1st and 2nd source to be virtually anything you want. So 1st can be mids and the 2nd can be sides for example...even niftier is setting the 2nd source on the analyzer to be a track you are EQing around so you can really see (through the graph overlay) how it’s affecting it.

Essence is also my go to de-esser. I’ll also use Essence in other ways for example, to reshape a really bright/brash snare or tame really harsh over compressed cymbals.

Are there any tips for using our plugins that you’d like to share?

Use the IIR mode in EQuilibrium if you want to save some CPU power- they can be a little greedy with your CPU. Take some time to learn the plugin, some of them have a steep learning curve and can seem intimidating at first like Limitless but, it’s worth reading the manual first before you dive in. Sometimes it's tempting to just figure it out but I think there’s a lot of detail and intention behind the design of the plugins.

What are you hoping to see from us in the future?

A saturator/harmonic content generator would be cool.