Discussion in 'Mastering' started by studiosound, May 17, 2011.
What are people using for mastering compression? Thanks.
Hardware or Software?
Hardware... I have the CharterOak SCL-1 that I'm just getting to know. I'm still too unfamiliar with it to give a solid mark. Having this plus something with big personality would satisfy my needs. Manley, API maybe next but a ways down the road.
For software, Sequoia 11 comps rock, but after I posted a reply I see this is posted in the Home Studio Mastering Forum so you must be talking plug-ins and I'm in the wrong forum.
Cranesong either one is cool with me
Plug-ins are most economical for you. I don't really master anything, but I try my best. I just bought the UAD-2 Fairchild 670 plug-in and the original Fairchild 670 compressor hardware is worth $30,000. For $99.99 (on sale) I thought it was a really good deal. And if I have 25 recorded tracks I can have 25 Fairchild 670 compressors in my DAW. That many hardware versions would cost me +$1 MILLION BUCKS !! Good value for $100.
I go for Waves
CLA Classic Compressors
Great comps about $500
I don't master but I'll sometimes throw my mixdowns into T-racks. I think I get fairly musical and dynamic results.
It's not so much about the tool as it is the one using it though, to a certain degree.
Lol. I love it.
Use the UAD II mastering suite: Precision EQ, Limiter, Multi-band and Maximizer. They work very well. I have not had the opportunity to use outboard gear other than preamps and compressors. I suspect that hardware including summing amps, etc, would all contribute to the sonic clarity.
The Wave emulation seems to add some harmonics and is not transparent enough IMO to be a good choice as a good compressor choice for mastering purposes, but I have never used it in that fashion.
Hardware vs Software
From what i hear, the difference between hardware and software is kinda like a tube amp and a solid state amp, hardware = Tube, software=solid state, coming from a guitarist, i think if you can afford it, hardware is the way to go
plugins are much cheaper, if you compare a great plugin,
for example PSP MasterComp (my fav. mastering plugin), to hardware compressor - well
plug costs 10x less then hardware, and remember - you can use as many plugs within project as you wish (until you kill you cpu power
I adore my Summit DCL-200, have a lovely enveloping ability.
When it comes to compression in mastering you need to ask what you are planning to achieve and have a very clear goal. This will determine equipment choices.
Summit is great compressor, but very 'slowly', hence not really usable on some audio content,
also it's nice piece of mojo, and not very cheap
I also use hardware compressors, but I think plugins (if you really know which one to use&when&how)
are absolutely great, and for many jobs, when budget is ...very tight - does wonders
Waves SSL 4000 comp can be good, and can be good for the low end tightening.
I prefer the PSP Master compressor.
I actually use hardware version of Waves ssl
and it's great for such a task
agree,<br>I actually use hardware version of Waves ssl<br>and it's great for such a task<br>
Well in many instances you want to apply a character from any given piece of equipment
that is not GR related. Vari Mu is also typically slow but plenty are used for mastering.
As far as SSL type I found this works for me only in parallel for mastering (and I have better options anyway), it's predictable control
of a very specific nature and that surely does not work for all music/genres.
online mastering studio
I used Waves for years, but I really like the Slate Digital FGX mastering unit. You really know when you're over-cooking it but it lets a nice loud master though with plenty of breathing space for transients. No EQ on it though.
truly fgx is interesting plugin,
it has a very good arranged metering - kudos for it!
and I like it's compressor with slowish att/rel settings;
it's also a winner in limiter competition for rock/guitar music - sounds very good
I have great success with Waves C4 and Oxford Inflator... also Waves L2 (TDM Pro Tools)
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