If you mixed and mastered something at home and excited as a kid on Christmas-eve patiently waiting for the DJ to drop it in the club and when he finally does, with the volume cranked up to 11, it sounds like someone hitting a hammer on an anvil and you see people with bleeding ears everywhere, then you might need this…
How and why it works
Fletcher and Munson measured the human ears frequency response on different levels and created an average curve from a test with many subjects. They concluded, roughly speaking, that the midrange is more prominent at lower levels and the response flattens out at higher levels.
At low monitoring levels, you will hear the mids clearly but you will miss the high and low-end. That’s why we often see a smile curve on EQ’s and if you listen to a bedroom produced track they almost always have too much low-end and are slightly too bright. All that excessive low- and high-end mask the mid area and when you get rid of that excessive high and low-end you have a mid sharp as a knife. Fletchy-Muncher exaggerates the ears’ frequency response and makes us aware of the mids in a badly balanced mix.
You could compare using Fletchy-Muncher with having a pair of so-called ‘Grot Boxes’, a secondary monitoring system that focuses on the mid frequencies. However, Fletchy-Muncher is by far cheaper and easier to setup!
How to use
Put it last in your chain and slowly start to move the knob against the ‘Default’ position. A good balanced mix/master should survive all the way to ‘Default’ with just a little increase in harshness. If you find your mix too harsh halfway through you’ll have to go back to the mix/master and use EQ, MB compression or other tools to soften it a bit.
Remember to put the plugin at ‘Flat’, bypass it or remove it before bouncing your new mix/master.
- You only need this if your mixes/masters are too harsh when played elsewhere then in your studio. If that’s not the case this method might cause more damage than good to your tracks.
Composing gloves demoing and explaining Fletchy-Muncher better than we do.
- The Fletcher-Munson Curve
Changelog v1.2 – v2.0:
- Added 64bit VST2 and VST3 versions
- Added Mac version, AU 64bit
- Added bypass-button
- Added oversampling
- Windows 32bit VST2
- Windows 64bit VST2
- Windows 64bit VST3
- MAC OSX 64bit AU
The FREE version will be available in a couple of weeks, it will be exactly the same as the donation one but with a recurring nag-screen.
Good to know:
- Windows users: Our plugins depend on Microsoft Visual C++ 2015, you can get it here: Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable
- By downloading any of our plugins you subscribe to our mailing list. You will be able to unsubscribe at any time either here or with an unsubscribe link in the e-mails.
- Mac versions (if present) are still considered as test-builds, they seem to work perfectly but we’re still testing.
- We currently don’t support OSX Catalina, however, users have reported that our plugins work by bypassing Apples Gatekeeper.
There are two ways to do this:
- In your DAW, hit ‘Cancel’ to the message, then open System Preferences/Security & Privacy, you should see the plugin mentioned at the bottom. Click ‘Allow Anyway’ to enable it.
- Open Terminal. Type the following three commands, hitting ‘return’ in between.
sudo spctl –master-disable
sudo spctl –master-enable