MAATgo combines a variety of channel steering and blending controls with a balance adjustment and goniometer. The goniometer or “phase scope” quickly conveys global trends and troubles, with a visual out–of–phase warning built in. Plus, an optional autogain feature insures that you’ll see an understandable display with a wide range of input amplitudes.
See What You’re Hearing
Visualization has long been part of enjoying music on a computer, and MAATgo’s options are easy to like. Unlike an oscilloscope which takes up room in your equipment rack, MAATgo has a notable absence of knobs. Control over gain, focus, “phosphor” color, drawing style and persistence are all there in the preferences, and everything can be saved as a personal preset.
Another nice feature with MAATgo is the standalone or “native” version that’s included, native in that it runs on its own without the help of a DAW or player app. The standalone version let’s you really saavy geeks out there use MAATgo as a stream–through processor, just like component separates in the hi–fi hardware world. To use MAATgo standalone, you usually need a “virtual audio device,” an audio driver that provides a software “device” your operating system can use for patching. For Windows, we recommend VB-Audio’s HI-FI Cable. For macOS, we recommend Existential Audio’s BlackHole. Both are free.
It All Adds Up To Versatile
Better informed means better enjoyment…Whether you’re troubleshooting an issue, setting up a new system, or just exploring the nuances of your music, MAATgo makes it easier. With all of its functionality, it’s faster and more pleasant to track down a noisy cable or component, burn in new speakers or headphones, set up a new rig, or even figure out how a reissue sounds different from the previous generation. All that and more with just a button click.