Mastering chain.

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by danielb, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. danielb

    danielb Active Member

    Dec 22, 2010
    I find that you are not a pro if you dont use a multicompressor, but where should it be used best?? i like to do some subtracting eq'ing first, then to run it through a opto compressor, then eq'ing again for boosts and some cuts, then through another compressor before i put it through a multi-compressor/limiter to finish off..and i havent experimented with different compressors for tonal changes but i think this way has worked for me. what do ya'll think?? is there a chain that i should use and why?
  2. LittleJohn

    LittleJohn Active Member

    Oct 31, 2007
    Houston, Texas
    Hi, I'm not sure what you mean by "mastering." What is the purpose of that ?
  3. sachit

    sachit Active Member

    May 20, 2011
    I don't have the statistics to prove it, but I'm sure that there's been pro mastering engineers who've not used multiband compressors. Good mixes don't necessarily need multiband compression. In fact, a really good mix might not need compression at all. If a song doesn't require it you don't use it. There aren't any rules or anything of that sort, the tools you use are totally dependent on what you're working on.

    You use the appropriate mastering tools when you find deficiencies in the mix. Or when you want to add some sparkle to it, or when you feel that the mix will greatly benefit from some kind of tool, like character compressors which are sometimes used at the mastering stage.
  4. Angel Enemy

    Angel Enemy Active Member

    Apr 28, 2012
    Chains are situational and you will need to rearrange the order of the line to get the best sound out of each individual song you are working on. Also different sorts of compressors and EQs will be needed as things vary. If you are looking for a chain setup that works best 100% of the time you are out of luck. Hence why audio engineering is a profession and a science.

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