Compressor VST used most for Mastering?

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by rfahey86, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. rfahey86

    rfahey86 Guest

    Nice, another mastering thread. I'll make the first post then.

    What compressor do most of you use when mastering? Do you use a transparent compressor or an analog simulated one that adds some color?

    I tend to use the Waves SSL and then if I need to compress more I use a transparent compressor.
  2. dxmullin

    dxmullin Active Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    I have recently been using T-SLEDGE, a free 4 band compressor that I am impressed with so far. I add a little gain for the higher frequencies. I also use x cita, an analog simulated coloring tool, in line before T SLEDGE to raise the high mids just a bit. Then again I am using a cheap CAD mic set for the drums. I don't think they pick up as much high end as a good set would in a good room. If the mics being used were high end in a good room, I would probably end up coloring the sound quite a bit less.

    Making good sound in less than ideal situations is an art in itself. :)
  3. manman

    manman Guest

    I use Neve 33609 from UAD, and from free once? waves SSL, or Sonalkasis MK315 or API 2500

    Also i like Liquid mix compressors
  4. Seph

    Seph Guest

    I am a big fan of all the URS plugs

    I use it at a 1:51 or so ratio. Very light for mastering. Normally won't go higher than 2.0 on my master channel.

    It tends to be the first plug in my chain( URS 1970 Compressor) followed by eq's
    (nuendo 10 band native and URS N Mix EQ Native for its nice lo and high pass filters.
    Then a Waves limiter/ditherer.
  5. Adler

    Adler Guest

    I've been getting great results with FLUX Solera. It has four sections - Compressor, DCompressor, Expander, DExpander - all of which may be run separately or in parallel.

    Chris Adler
    Mindtree Studios
  6. vashuba

    vashuba Active Member

    Jul 14, 2009
    St Louis
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    what about for logic users? i have used the presets kinda..
  7. barrythave

    barrythave Member

    Sep 29, 2010
    UAD Precision Bus Compressor
    UAD Neve 33609
    UAD Fairchild
  8. JOE2010

    JOE2010 Active Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    I heard the Fairchild compressor is amazing from the JJP section from Waves....
  9. Tizone

    Tizone Guest

    the uad mastering bundle is a great investment. I've mastered some great records with it. the limiter and eq is really amazing.
  10. stevesmith

    stevesmith Active Member

    Oct 5, 2004
    If your record doesn't need to lose its dynamics, consider merely ducking the loudest portions of each track with the volume envelopes. This can yield a few more dB without mangling the mood, or altering the attack of subtle or delicate instruments.
  11. Laurend

    Laurend Active Member

    Mar 23, 2010
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    I like the FLUX Solera.
  12. Frankabq

    Frankabq Active Member

    Mar 7, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
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    I use either T-Racks or Izotope Ozone for most of my mastering.
  13. PeterPav

    PeterPav Active Member

    Dec 21, 2009
    Izotope Ozone 4
  14. twobob

    twobob Active Member

    Aug 23, 2011
    Uk, Australia
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    This is a very broad area as there is so much out there. I found T-rax to be a bit "coloring", the Ozone was simple to use and had nice dithering abilities, the Waves C1 compressor is useful per channel but I'm not 100% on it's mastering performance, the native compressors in FL and Live are pretty decent now.
    UAD-1 Fairchild 670 Software Compressor is impressive if you can afford it. I liked liquid mixes 60 compressors but found the lag added by the hardware a PITA during mastering. I now favour the Welcome to Antress Modern Plugins modern range of compressors for free projects.
  15. Red Mastering

    Red Mastering Active Member

    Oct 17, 2011
    South London
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    interesting, since I upgraded my audio chain, and did some other 'homework' with my setup,
    I manage to use minimal to no compression during mastering,
    a touch of corrective eq - if needed
    a hair of saturation - culture vulture LE - with pentode
    limiting and dithering
    job done,
    it really depends on the mix,
    recently I master EP for a fantastic female singer, from London,
    her material was top recording, top performance, top mix;
    jazzy stuff with elements of hiphop, drum'n'bass, bossa nova, etc
    the material I got (except 1 issue) was a first league,
    I did almost nothing, very little - everything sounded right and great!

    but I must say, I used to abuse processing before:)), so
    as they say - wisdom comes with the age:wink:

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