T-Racks - good better best?

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by audiokid, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Surfing around I found a thread about mastering with T-Racks. I've never heard of it:confused: I'm thinking, wow, I've got to check this out, maybe I'm missing the magic glue, fairy dust or something.

    Love the pictures of all those plug-ins. They sure look like the real deal.

    I'm posting this in the mastering forum rather than DIY Mastering because I thought it would give us something to rant about lol.
    How do you fix something that goes through this. And notice they say,
    The future pro audio jobs? Web designers that team up with coders making plug-ins.


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  2. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    i've used t racks 3 and ozone 4 at home in my project room. both decent, and i found ozone more transparent, t racks w/ a bit of character. that said, i've only used them to quickly boost rough mixes, or for clients who have no budget for professional mastering of projects from the studio. i'm just a rec/mix guy so i'd rather someone else master.

    if the $200 plug-inscame w/ a super sweet room, yrs of experience, and some great speakers, well maybe i would bite the bullet.
  3. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    I actually thought the T-Wrecks stuff was pretty cool for mixing...
  4. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

    At first T-Racks seems awesome but then you do some critical listening and ....no way. Ozone is a much preferred software especially if you only have one plug-in.
  5. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    I was turned onto IK Multimedia's, T-Racks, when it first came out, what was that, 13 years ago?? No it couldn't be that long? But yeah somewhere around 2000 I think? One must also realize there original release was designed to emulate tube circuitry. So, yeah, quite colored. And the Golden and purple glow of the tubes, would change with your settings and selections, which I thought was cute. And for an old analog crow, like myself, I rather enjoyed the interface. It was difficult to try and utilize it in a multi-tracks session because it was stand-alone software. I then also purchased their VST version when that was released. And that's great to use in your multi-track software.

    So while this is touted as mastering software, I found it more useful as something more like a rack channel? It's obviously designed to be rather colorful as opposed to the Ozone product designed to be purer. But still for my clients who have not had the budget for professional Mastering, I've utilize this along with parallel processing and LA-3 & 1176, DBX 165 A's & Orban 418A, through the Neve, API and/or both with very pleasing results. Nobody really gives a damn about colorless sound. So all color is good if it fits.

    Their new lineup looks really compelling. And it's Italian software and you know the Italians build in a lot of emotion into their musical arts. So I think they did this software quite well. It's wonderfully versatile yet still fairly simple and quite straightforward to comprehend the GUI. Because it looks like the stuff already in our racks and seems to work quite a bit like the stuff in our racks. I find their presets to be pretty darned awful however. Though they are good as jumping off points to tweak and refine for your needs as opposed to going through the whole process all by yourself. For some that's easy and straightforward, others not so much so.

    Let me know how you like it Chris? We already know Tommy isn't a big fan because he has the good stuff.
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  6. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Thanks guys, I'm not interested in it. I was more curious. I spend more time looking than ever buying stuff. Software isn't big on my list much anymore. I'm so fed up with it all but this one caught my eye .

    Glad to hear its working for some.
  7. e-mixmaster

    e-mixmaster Active Member

    As some one said earlier, that kind of tools are good for reference rough ideas for equing or compressing mixes and stuff, but not for serious tweaking. Just my two cents.

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