Discussion in 'Mastering Engineers Forum' started by jmm22, Dec 21, 2010.
Spot on... I would give the head inbetween some importance, too.
Appart from that and in the right hands:
various compressors, EQs, limiters, noise reduction and (careful!) sound enhancer ...
There is no saying what is more important. Important is what you need. Workflow is secondary to sound, always..and it differs all the time. Good monitors and correct room acustic treatment is mandatory, anyway.
Btw, to own a whole box of dynamic tools and Equalizers does not mean one has to use mulitple instances. It is the sound material that decides, what character the compressor, etc., should have.
Less is often more...
In that order?
I'm probably just GAS'd out. The ears are and will always be the most important tool other than the grey matter between them. I think it has been pretty unanimous that the room and monitors come next. Without these things no piece of gear is going to get you that last 10%. After that I leave it to the professional ME's predilections.
1) No matter what your talent, skill, etc., you will only ever hear as accurately and consistently as your monitoring chain allows you to hear.
2) No matter how accurate and consistent your monitoring chain may be, it will only ever be as accurate and consistent as the room they're in allows them to be.
Let's call the monitoring chain the monitors themselves, the amplifier, the controller and the DA.
If you've got your chain and your room in good order, everything else is up to you -- Freeware, shareware or the most expensive and exotic hardware, it's all your fault.
I assume we are talking audio equipment as opposed to biological attributes.
Every piece of gear you use is important.
Good and important angle.
SPL MixDream and Dangerous Master. Without those two, I wouldn't have gotten motivated in the first place. Until I got into hybrid audio, I didn't know what I was missing or have a clue why I was in the dark.
Then, everything else falls into place for me.
Room, monitors, converter, cable, hardware, Sequoia, power etc.
Gear that inspire you and fill you with enthusiasm is truly important.
I wish I had that feeling with the telephone and address book.
I absolutely agree with Dangerous Master. I feel no (or less if any) change in sound with gaining up or down as opposed to using makeup gain on many compressors. And t.c. System 6000 is also a great weapon for parallel compression.
True to some extent, but the monitoring chain (and the room) are the final arbiters of every other piece. Every decision, every gear choice, every setting is based on how the monitoring chain translates.
Just like in photography -- You can have the best camera on the planet - But your photos are only going to be as good as the lens allows (on any camera body).
True, without a good room/monitors you can't judge the other links in the chain.
You seems to know a thing or two about the visual arts too.
Your homepage looks great.
This is also an important tool, everything is connected.
Betty Edwards has some good and interesting techniques for developing your visual perception.
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