Best Mastering Compressors

Discussion in 'Compressors / Limiters (analog)' started by studiosound, May 17, 2011.

  1. studiosound

    studiosound Guest

    What are people using for mastering compression? Thanks.
     
  2. audiokid

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    Hardware or Software?

    Hardware... I have the CharterOak SCL-1 that I'm just getting to know. I'm still too unfamiliar with it to give a solid mark. Having this plus something with big personality would satisfy my needs. Manley, API maybe next but a ways down the road.

    For software, Sequoia 11 comps rock, but after I posted a reply I see this is posted in the Home Studio Mastering Forum so you must be talking plug-ins and I'm in the wrong forum.
     
  3. Link555

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    Cranesong either one is cool with me
     
  4. mdb

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    Plug-ins are most economical for you. I don't really master anything, but I try my best. I just bought the UAD-2 Fairchild 670 plug-in and the original Fairchild 670 compressor hardware is worth $30,000. For $99.99 (on sale) I thought it was a really good deal. And if I have 25 recorded tracks I can have 25 Fairchild 670 compressors in my DAW. That many hardware versions would cost me +$1 MILLION BUCKS !! Good value for $100.
     
  5. tayzin

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    I go for Waves
    CLA Classic Compressors

    Great comps about $500
     
  6. Ripeart

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    I don't master but I'll sometimes throw my mixdowns into T-racks. I think I get fairly musical and dynamic results.

    It's not so much about the tool as it is the one using it though, to a certain degree.
     
  7. Ripeart

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    Lol. I love it.
     
  8. rickschweitzer

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    Use the UAD II mastering suite: Precision EQ, Limiter, Multi-band and Maximizer. They work very well. I have not had the opportunity to use outboard gear other than preamps and compressors. I suspect that hardware including summing amps, etc, would all contribute to the sonic clarity.
     
  9. Audio Alex

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    The Wave emulation seems to add some harmonics and is not transparent enough IMO to be a good choice as a good compressor choice for mastering purposes, but I have never used it in that fashion.
     
  10. matthewty

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    Hardware vs Software

    From what i hear, the difference between hardware and software is kinda like a tube amp and a solid state amp, hardware = Tube, software=solid state, coming from a guitarist, i think if you can afford it, hardware is the way to go
     
  11. Red Mastering

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    plugins are much cheaper, if you compare a great plugin,
    for example PSP MasterComp (my fav. mastering plugin), to hardware compressor - well
    plug costs 10x less then hardware, and remember - you can use as many plugs within project as you wish (until you kill you cpu power:)
     
  12. SASman

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    I adore my Summit DCL-200, have a lovely enveloping ability.

    When it comes to compression in mastering you need to ask what you are planning to achieve and have a very clear goal. This will determine equipment choices.

    cheers

    online mastering
     
  13. Red Mastering

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    Summit is great compressor, but very 'slowly', hence not really usable on some audio content,
    also it's nice piece of mojo, and not very cheap:)
    I also use hardware compressors, but I think plugins (if you really know which one to use&when&how)
    are absolutely great, and for many jobs, when budget is ...very tight - does wonders
     
  14. Crystal Mixing

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    Waves SSL 4000 comp can be good, and can be good for the low end tightening.
    I prefer the PSP Master compressor.

    G
     
  15. Red Mastering

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    agree,
    I actually use hardware version of Waves ssl:)
    and it's great for such a task
     
  16. Red Mastering

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    agree,<br>I actually use hardware version of Waves ssl:)<br>and it's great for such a task<br>
     
  17. SASman

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    Well in many instances you want to apply a character from any given piece of equipment
    that is not GR related. Vari Mu is also typically slow but plenty are used for mastering.

    As far as SSL type I found this works for me only in parallel for mastering (and I have better options anyway), it's predictable control
    of a very specific nature and that surely does not work for all music/genres.

    cheers

    online mastering studio
     
  18. sickfiction

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    I used Waves for years, but I really like the Slate Digital FGX mastering unit. You really know when you're over-cooking it but it lets a nice loud master though with plenty of breathing space for transients. No EQ on it though.
     
  19. Red Mastering

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    truly fgx is interesting plugin,
    it has a very good arranged metering - kudos for it!
    and I like it's compressor with slowish att/rel settings;
    it's also a winner in limiter competition for rock/guitar music - sounds very good
     
  20. balsampillow

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    I have great success with Waves C4 and Oxford Inflator... also Waves L2 (TDM Pro Tools)
     

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