Mastering Tools


Well-Known Member
Mar 22, 2005
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Hey RO'ers, could anyone tell me what types of tools are used for mastering? I mean as far as compression, Eq, Limiters, etc. What can I use to get my recordings to have that professional sound? I ask because I am interested in what the pros use when they have a project to master for their client so that I can understand the process better and do some experimenting with some crappy songs that I have lying around. I am using Protools and all of my gear is basically in the box. I have used the Bombfactory optical compressor, T-Racks Eq, Maxim, and a Dither. Am I using the wrong tools? What other tools could I use to get a more professional sound? Thanks for any response and advice.



PSP do great plugs. Try the mastercomp for a great mastering compresssor.

Learn the tools you have inside out and youl be on your way.

Stay away from multiband.

Massive Mastering

Well-Known Member
Jul 18, 2004
Chicago area, IL, USA
I don't want to bring up the "don't master your own mixes" scenario, but I don't exactly get the results I expect when mastering my own mixes (which is exactly why I don't).

Could that be part of the problem...?

Other than that, I'd search out some M.E.'s web-sties (there are several here that have fairly comprehensive gear lists) if you're looking for specifics.

And it probably goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway - You're only ever be as good as your monitors allow you to be.


leave it to the pros

or not :roll:

the reason you are not having the same level of quality you want is probably the accumulation of a lot of things. make sure you dither right. dont cut the peaks off of everything. mix better (easier said than done right?). use less steps and/or process less severely per step. try mid-side processing instead of true stereo. Tools u may find helpful:
multi-band compressor
wideband compressor
devices that add warmth
spectral analyzer
restoration software for noise, fuzz, clicks, careful!

Michael Fossenkemper

Distinguished past mastering moderator
Well-Known Member
Sep 12, 2002
NYC New York
Like Brad said, The absolute best investment you can make is your room, then your monitors. You can have $1mil in gear, but if these two things aren't right then you will not get what you are looking for.