What gear do you use to master Rock albums ???

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by HMNP, Dec 9, 2004.

  1. HMNP

    HMNP Member

    This might be a wide type of question, but I would really appreciate your answers. I plan on starting to learn to master mainly rock albums. I have my own recording studio, but I dont intend on mastering what I record. Im going to master other people's work.

    What mastering compressor, EQ, limiter, summin bus, processors, monitors do you use or recommend?

    Budgetwise were talking about spending about $3000 for each unit. Not more. Thanks alot for your answers. You guys have been a great help in the past!!! :cool:
     
  2. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    Don't forget the most important part, the room. All of this gear won't mean anything if you don't have a good room to listen in.
     
  3. HMNP

    HMNP Member

    Yes, the room is going to be acustically treated by a recording specialist with test equipment and everything. He setsup recording studios all over the Island. thanks...but you didnt mention your gear.

    thanks
     
  4. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    are you looking for digital gear, or analog gear?
     
  5. HMNP

    HMNP Member

    Analog
     
  6. Ammitsboel

    Ammitsboel Member

    Be sure to use good gear :cool:
    It doesn't sound as good if you use bad gear :cry:
     
  7. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    all the usual suspects, manley, GML, Avalon, Maselec, Focusrite, cranesong, etc... Everything has it's own flavor. Most are more expensive than your budget dictates. It's kind of like asking what's the best car. What kind of flavor are you looking to get that you're not getting now? What kind of gear are you using now?
     
  8. joe lambert

    joe lambert Distinguished Member

    The nice thing about quality equipment is that it doesn't matter the style of music. What matters is having a proper variety of choices for each particular project.
    Even if you only master heavy rock. The recording, mixing mic placement, format.. will be different project to project. Those things determine what I use more so than the style of music.

    Today I'm doing a world music / jazzy record. It's great 96K Pro Tools HD. I'm using my Vari Mu compressor and a tuble line amp to warm it up Along with other anolog eq.
     

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