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mastering units

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by caine, Jun 5, 2005.

  1. caine

    caine Guest

    just wondered if any you guys could point me in the right direction ,looking for a mastering unit to finish my recordings off and give them some punch and volume, having a look at 2 units, 1st the tc finalizer, and also the tla 5050, any feedback/suggestions really appriciated
  2. caine

    caine Guest

    tla 5020 actually
  3. RandomGuest

    RandomGuest Guest

    Feb 10, 2001
    I've heard that the TC Finalizer's are NOT all the hype that the ad's suggest along with the talk at the local music store. One time I put a post one here @ RO and NOBODY I mean nobody wanted me to buy the Finalizer. So I didn't :!:
    I send my stuff off to be mastered still to this day.
    You must have some DEEP pockets to be thinking about getting into mastering gear. Wish I did.
    Good luck 8)
  4. caine

    caine Guest

    yeah, thought id seen some stuff about the finalizer, just want to bw able to finish it all here, as got all the time required, at my own pace,having said that, have considered sending to xarc or somewhere for the sake of someone else`s ear`s,heard some ones demo thru the tla 5020 though , and it sounded hot as hell ,any obne else have any experience of it
  5. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Distinguished Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    The Finalizer is a good and powerfull tool. Most people that have one don't know have the skills to use it correctly. Mastering is not like recording or mixing. It requires tools and skills that are on a different level. If the material you have is important to you and/or your client, take it to a seasoned mastering pro.

    I have the TC dbMAX, the 5-band pro/broadcast version father to the Finalizer and use it as one of my main tools for recording, mixing and mastering. Like all gear, you have to know it's strength and weakness in order to make best use of it.

    Good to great mastering also requires you have much better than average monitors and monitoring enviornment.
  6. RandomGuest

    RandomGuest Guest

    Feb 10, 2001
    :oops: Ohhh.
  7. eddies880

    eddies880 Guest

    Well put Gaff,Ive been using my TC Finalizer for about 3 yrs now,and am now just really "learning" how to use it correctly.
    Its a great 3-band compressor,and has great eq abilities,you just have to use it correctly-----its not a "magic box-cure all".
    Ive come to realize,that its better suited for mixing,rather than mastering.
    If I had more time on my hands,and didnt have to work for a living,Id spend hrs on end learning more about the proper uses of the Finalizer./
    I have fellow recording buds who bring there(what they consider)final mixes so they can run it through the Finalizer,once they find a preset they like and there happy with what they hear,it sounds a hole lot better than there final mix,but in my opinion-----------------its not a Real Mastered sound.
  8. huub

    huub Guest

    I do live broadcasting, so i'm forced to 'master' on the fly..
    the tc dbmax has some pretty nice presets that, after some treshhold tweaking give you a nice 'finished' sound..
    Apart from that i don't use multiband compression..way to complicated, and easier to make things worse than better..
  9. eddies880

    eddies880 Guest

    I know exactly what you,re saying as far as the multiband compressing of the TC finalizer,if not used correctly,it does make things too (squased).
  10. iznogood

    iznogood Guest

    use your money on professional mastering.... stay away from all in one boxes.......

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