Mastering with waves?

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by sushifish, Aug 5, 2005.

  1. sushifish

    sushifish Guest

    Hello, I'm very new to mastering and using waves and was just wondering what other engineers are using out of the waves bundles for Mastering purposes. L2, Linear Phaser????? Any help, settings, or hints would be great. Thank you in advance! -matt
  2. Rider

    Rider Guest

    some might, waves is pretty decent, but theres better plugs out there (esp for limiters). i like their stuff, it makes for a good quick and dirty finalization. i wouldnt use it to master a production CD unless it was a small local type band.
  3. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    funny you should mention the limiters.....

    actually the L2 is the only plugin i use for pro work..... yet to find anything better....

    for home use the LP eq's are ok.... but stay away from multiband comp's.... if you need them to color your mix the mix ain't good enough.... you should eq the individual tracks and find appropiate levels for them...
  4. Rider

    Rider Guest

    would it not be better to use a good hardware limiter? or is a lot of this just preference. either way ive heard theres better limiter plugs out there that dont cost a ton either.
  5. TrilliumSound

    TrilliumSound Active Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    Montreal, Qc, CANADA
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    Which one are you reffering to ?
  6. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Chicago area, IL, USA
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    I use hardware for the most part myself, but UAD's Precision Limiter is a pretty fargin' schveet plug...

    IMO, YMMV, etc.
  7. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2004

    Yeah, sometimes I feel guilty abusing it, but it stays pretty nice sounding through it all. Absolutely transparent for just catching the quick peaks, too. Doesn't really make a mix sound better or anything cool, but it sure helps making things LOUD when that is required. :cool:
  8. Rider

    Rider Guest

    there was a discussion on another board regarding limiters (sorry i didnt post the plug names sooner, the forum was down) and a lot of people also recommended: Wave Arts (got most praise), final plug (ehh), and finis. also sony oxford inflator was mentioned. so worth checking all those out as well.

    i dont know personally about them, since i use waves L2 (havent had money to replace it and it comes in plug packs), but its worth checking out others.
  9. sushifish

    sushifish Guest

    If I import a wav (1 stereo track) into protools, do I insert my mastering plugs into that track or am I suppose to open a Master Fader and insert there? Thank you
  10. I-Quality

    I-Quality Guest

    which fish do you eat first the one on the right or the one on the left? ...
  11. sushifish

    sushifish Guest

    I've heard the left side is less stinky than the right, however, I wouldn't recommend the left side to the "texture people"
  12. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2002
    NYC New York
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    If I'm hungry, I'll eat both.
  13. mixandmaster

    mixandmaster Active Member

    Jul 13, 2004
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    The only plugs that are "important" as to where you put it are compression/limiting and dither.

    Dither should go post-fader no matter where you put it (if you're using a fader for any volume automation). So if you're using the track's volume fader to fade in or fade out, make sure you put the dither on the master fader. You want the dither AFTER the fades.

    And compression/limiting, in general, should happen PRE fader. There are exeptions, but if you're just doing a fade in/fade out, you almost always want the compressor to happen BEFORE the fades.

    Good luck.

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