DIY Mastering - OTB vs ITB?

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by innerbooty, Apr 14, 2003.

  1. innerbooty

    innerbooty Guest

    Greetings,
    I'm finishing up a CD project with a client, and I'm starting to think about mastering. There's little to no budget - or time before the CD release - so a mastering house is out. The project was trackewd on a Mix+ system with a Rosetta AD @ 44.1K 24-Bit. I have the software L2, Waves Gold bundle and McDSP Filter & Compressorbanks. I'm obviously hoping the mixes sound good enough so that just a little compression and the L2 should be all we need. However, in the past I once had great results with a project that I had to get down from 48K DAT masters to 44.1K with renting an Apoge DA1000 & AD1000, and sending the mixes through a Neve 33609. I don't need to do an SRC this time around however, and I'm wondering if the benefit of going through the 33609 for a couple of db of overall compression is worth the extra conversion step. I'd probably rent a PSX-100 for the DA, then back in through the Rosetta. Is there another compressor I could/should rent that might be better than the Neve? Or should I just keep it in the box...?
    Thanks for any tips you guys have! - Steve
     
  2. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

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    as the old saying goes, let your ears decide. I have no problem going through a conversion if the piece i'm using makes it sound better.
     
  3. Doug Milton

    Doug Milton Active Member

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    Steve,

    The single RU SSL compressor is pretty nice. Also, the PSX goes both ways so you could use it for both D/A and A/D avoiding any clock issues…
     

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