Whcih comp. for mastering poll

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by eddies880, Aug 5, 2005.


Which comp. for mastering?

  1. Manley Vari Mu

  2. Millenia TCL-2

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  3. CraneSong STC-8

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  4. Chandler LTD-2

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  5. Alan Smart C2

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  1. eddies880

    eddies880 Guest

    which comp.would you prefer for mastering?
  2. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    Feb 9, 2004

    i cannot emphasize this enough.... you need to LISTEN!

    if your local gear-pusher isn't OK with lending you several devices to compare look for another supplier!

    you cannot buy equipment of this quality on reputation alone...

    don't be scared.... it's not rocket science :cool:
  3. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Chicago area, IL, USA
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    On top of that, one compressor is rarely enough.

    That being said, if I could only have one, it'd be the STC8. Probably the most transparent and flexible unit I've ever heard, and options for a little "flava" when needed.
  4. eddies880

    eddies880 Guest

    Its not that Im scared-------I just wanna be well informed---------------------Id rather look like an ass by asking too many questions,than feel like an idiot , by not asking.
    I realize I cant have all of them,but I just feel inclined to pay attention to guys who have used the comps before.
    Thanks dude :cool:
  5. eddies880

    eddies880 Guest

    Thanks for the advise,----be as it may,looks like the STC 8 is the ticket
  6. TrilliumSound

    TrilliumSound Active Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    Montreal, Qc, CANADA
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    Not necessarely, but a heck of great gear. You might look for something else also... if the money permits it :wink:
  7. Masteringhouse

    Masteringhouse Active Member

    Apr 14, 2004
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    The 3 compressors that I use most often are:

    The Weiss DS1
    Chandler LTD-2
    Crane Song STC-8

    Of these the Weiss is the most transparent, STC-8 second, and Chandler 3rd.

    However transparency can be boring. I find it a bit odd that many are looking for that "fat, warm, punchy" sound but would choose something that's transparent. Particularly if recording digitally.

    If you're mastering Jazz or classical you're very likely going to go for transparency. Rock on the other hand usually favors a comp with a bit of character.

    Since most of the material I master is Alt Rock, I usually use a combination of the Chandler and Weiss, Chandler for punch (and a GREAT rock character), Weiss to get things up in level a bit more without very many artifacts.

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