LINEAR phase x Minimum phase

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by Alécio Costa - Brazil, Jul 5, 2003.

  1. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Distinguished Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    Hi folks

    Seems Waves linear phase EQ is a very interesting plugin and approach. However, I have seen some pro mastering guys complaning that subtracting at the mids shall make the sound a little weird.

    How do you deal with linear phase x minimum phase eq choices? Of course Hi-Q filters shall introduce a much bigger phase shift.

    For example, when you master a rock album x classical stuff... which artifacts are acceptable when going from linear phase to "normal-minimum phase" mode?

    I imagine I should be commenting and referring this post to analog equalizers separately from digital ones.

    As GOD BOb KATZ comments on his nice book, it would be cool that manufacturers allowed us to to select filter types per band.

    Let us see your nice (much deeper)comments about it.

    Nice weekend
  2. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Distinguished Member

    Sep 12, 2002
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    I have a Weiss digital eq which doesn't really suffer from artifacts in linear phase mode, but it does have a "sound". It allows you to switch from linear to minimal phase much like the waves eq. I find that I bounce back an forth between the two before choosing which one I'm going to go with on a particular song. with linear phase, I can get a cleaner more detailed sound. with minimal phase I get more of a musical sound. depending on the song, I find that one or the other works best. It all depends on how it was tracked and mixed. With all digital projects, I tend to go with the minimal phase setting which tends to smooth out the mix and blends the instruments a bit. If I need more "blending" or "smoothing", I'll run it through some analog compressors and eq's. On all digital projects i'll also run the mix through some transformers which I find to really gell the mix together.
  3. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Distinguished Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    Thanks Michael. Yes, Bob Katz also gives nice comments about the Weiss. Waves master bundle seems to have some strange behavior in the mids.

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