Kjaerhus MPL-1 Pro SE mastering plug in.

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by jm2, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. jm2

    jm2 Active Member

    I am reconsidering mastering my own mixes, at least for the time being. However I will need a mastering plug in. I was wondering if anyone here is familiar with the Kjaerhus MPL-1 Pro SE.

    For what it is worth, I downloaded trial versions of other Kjaerhus products like the compressor and EQ, and while my experience with plug ins is limited to those that came with Cubase LE4, the difference in quality was staggering, so much so, I am now wondering whether Kjaerhus is exceptionally good or Cubase plug ins are exceptionally bad.

    In any event, does anyone here have experience mastering with the MPL-1 Pro SE?
  2. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    Yes. I bought the MPL-1 Pro and then got a free upgrade to the SE version when it was released. Its an excellent limiter IMO, with particularly good stereo imaging (it uses a clever method of stereo linking which differenciates between RMS and peak levels.)

    I used it exclusively until I bought Izotope's Ozone plug recently... I now tend to use Ozone instead, but thats mainly because Ozone has one of the best dither algo's available.

    (MPL1 also inculdes a dither option, but its just a standard algo, very similar in quality to the free MDA dither plug. This might actually be better than the posh Ozone dither if the material is to be processed further, but for final dithering down to a CD master I prefer the MBM dither included with Ozone)

    You may also wish to consider Voxengo's Elephant at a similar price point. It is also very good although I don't own that one... as far as I can remember from demoing it Elephant was a little more aggressive sounding while MPL1 tended to be more transparent. (Both plugs can be tweaked to sound more or less aggressive of course.)

    I also use the MPL1 while mixing btw. It can do very nice things to a drum sub-group, and the mono verion included is very useful for things like bass guitars, or even vocals.

  3. jm2

    jm2 Active Member

    I appreciate the reply. Presumably, one could use another dither instead. I have Apogee UV22, which I think is well regarded.
  4. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    Yes. UV22 has a good reputation, though I never tested it personally. If you use another dither just make sure the MPL1 dither is turned off.

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