Hardware compression, limiting, EQing

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by AllInRuins, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. AllInRuins

    AllInRuins Guest

    I am guessing that hardware compression, limiting and EQing at the mastering level will yield much better results than software, especially garageband. Are there any good hardware compressors, limiters and EQs that wont break my wallet?
  2. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    I would tend to disagree on a couple levels.

    1 - the "affordable" route, only plug ins will really get you close to the kind of quality necessary.

    For $1000 I can get some damn good EQs and modeled compressors which I could NEVER get for $1000 worth of hardware. Not to mention the capability of precision.

    2 - Maintenance of Hardware is expensive. If you have the money, fine. If not, plug ins don't degrade over time.

    If you have $25K, go get some good hardware and you'll get better results than with plugs. If you have $5K or less....go with plug ins. Or...better yet, hire a guy who has $25k or more of hardware.


  3. AllInRuins

    AllInRuins Guest

    Hm thanks for the input.
    I think I may look into getting them done at a studio.
  4. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Chicago area, IL, USA
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    Without trying to jump in sideways, there's a reason why there are mastering facilities in the first place.
  5. Jbrax

    Jbrax Guest

    I couldnt agree more 8) lets leave the Mastering to the guys who have the ears and the talent and the rooms and Gear for it..
    There the guys that make us Look Good! :wink:

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