2 types of compressors for mastering ?

Discussion in 'Compressors / Limiters (analog)' started by HMNP, Jan 4, 2005.

  1. HMNP

    HMNP Member

    Sep 10, 2004
    Hi guys. I read a while back about you guys using two compressors when mastering. A "colored" comp to add some flavor to the mix and then a Clean compressor to level everything out. Im just curiouse which compressors do you consider right for this type of jobs. Mention some brands and in what category would they fall ??

    -Mastering mainly heavy rock music.
    -forget about budget

    Thanks alot!!

  2. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Chicago area, IL, USA
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    It's definitely "sometimes" but it happens.

    The "colored" category can be pretty wide - Manley VariMu, Gyraf Gyratec X, SPL Qure...

    Actually, when it comes down to it, almost any compressor you want can sound "colored" if that's what you're looking for.

    Compressors with more transparency might inlcude the Crane Song STC-8, Massenburg, etc.

  3. HMNP

    HMNP Member

    Sep 10, 2004
    Thanks alot massive, like always very helpful
  4. badbear

    badbear Guest

    Let's not forget the Cranesong Trakker. Bob Katz just got two of them(they're mono units} for more 'edgy, colored' masters.
  5. markwilder

    markwilder Guest

    EAR 660's and NTP 179-120's.

    I don't really have a dirty or clean, they just work differently and I choose them for how they handle program over color.


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