helping with some STC-8 settings and more

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by audiokid, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    I have been using the STC-8 H for a year and there was times I felt like selling it until today. Wow, is this thing right on!

    To John Script, I followed your settings on the slutz thread and get it now!
    For the last year, I thought it didn't work that well because I wasn't using it aggressively. I've never been one to over use compression but the settings on this are so gentle, its hard to kill it once you understand that. Most of my work is never spiky either, so its not like I need to control stuff that is out of hand. And thats where this thing is a monster. I see what everyone loves about it now. Silky smooth.

    How does my song sound? Thanks for listening.

    PS, I'd like to get this a bit louder now. Is it just a matter of snipping (limiting) a bit more off the top?
  2. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    PS, I bought this used and it came with ( note from the previous owner)

    What does that HPF do. Just roll off the bass or not compress those freq? I can't hear a difference when I plug it in.
  3. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    On the STC-8, the side-chain has an insert loop, so assuming the filter is wired on to a 15-pin D connector, the effect of it will be a high-pass on the side-chain loop for the compressor only (not the limiter). It will reduce the compression of low frequencies, with the starting point depending on the component values in the filter. Effectively the high-pass filter is your inserted device with the main signal as the source (insert send).
  4. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    So that 15pin D connector is acting like an inserted device? Which is allowing freq below 150 hz to go uncompressed?
  5. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Yes, although a first-order roll-off is very gradual. At 150 Hz, the response is 3dB less than at (say) 2KHz, and at 75 Hz it's only 6dB down. So you would observe compression on most things, but the low end of a kick drum would not see as much. Personally, I would have thought that could give problems at the mastering stage, but maybe that's where the limiter section comes in.
  6. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Thanks Bos, I get it now. I wasn't hearing those subtitles and I know why now.
    What a revelation this week. I have been using one of my EQ's in the wrong order. Following some recommendation , I had my BAX before the STC-8 and it just became one of those things I didn't move. Thought it was the last problem I would have. Now I know why I had battles fighting a mushy mix. I put it after the STC-8 and its night and day. Punchy and right. Its a good week! What an awesome EQ and comp.

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