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Old 03-03-2016, 06:13 PM   #21
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Re: VST Mastering Favorites? What do you use?

Fabfilter Pro-Q2
Ozone 4 - just for the multiband compressor, probably could get by with something else
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Sonnox Limiter -- closest thing to a Magic Wand
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Ozone 7 and the R2R Nebula libraries. I've barely scratched the surface of Ozone though. Don't know how to use a multiband compressor so I have not touched it, will much around with it soon though.
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Re: VST Mastering Favorites? What do you use?

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All you Ozone users, what modules do you typically like to use and what order do you put them in?
It depends on how the mix came out, really. I actually render a 24-bit audio file and master that by itself to save on cpu and RAM. The only things I find myself using every time are the distortion unit (usually tape sat), followed by the eq to cut out the lowest rumbling subs that I can't actually hear on my system, and then the IIRC limiter with mbit dithering to bring up loudness (I mix at -10 to -20 db, so it needs to come up a ways). I run gain on input so that I don't have to limit as hard, just make sure you do that before you set everything up or it could throw the sound way off.

If I have a lot of instruments and they're not playing together as well as I'd like, I'll run light multiband compression after the EQ just to glue it up a little, but I don't like to adjust balance or dynamic range that way. After that, if the mix is a little sparse or feels empty to me, I use a VERY light reverb to fill in the gaps (I'm talking 5-10% mix). Just enough to make the melody and mid-range percussion take up a bit more space.
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Old 04-04-2016, 04:00 PM   #24
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CS12M (freeware) by Terry West is pretty good for New York style compression and some simple EQ.
I don't like the built in limiter though, so I use LookAhead Limiter (freeware) instead with really minimal settings for transparent use. I will also typically use whatever good EQ I'm in the mood for, before the limiter. Also, sometimes I will insert MSED before the limiter if the mix needs widening and is hitting a bit too hard; I just drop the mid by about a decibel or two (to make the side stronger and to reduce the overall amplitude). It can make a very big difference and is really easy to do.

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Old 05-04-2016, 08:20 AM   #25
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I use independent plugins (TDR, VoS, Slate, DMG, Sonnox, Voxengo, etc) rather than all-in-one plugins like Ozone. More control and variation.
Now, you can use Ozone as an all-in-one plugin, but it is also possible to use each individual component in a custom chain. I'm not a very advanced user, but comparing similar modules with FabFilter (MB compressor, limiter, EQ) they do sound fairly comparable. Tbh, Ozone was the ideal solution for me as I could try on some presets to get some pointers of how I might enhance my mix. Proper gain staging and EQ on each bus did far more to the mix anyway, as I found out, and then Ozone just adds that final sparkle.

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Old 09-05-2016, 05:19 PM   #26
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Re: VST Mastering Favorites? What do you use?

Elephant limiter by Voxengo has a ton of useful controls that allow you to dial in settings suited for your track. For instance, it allows you to set the transient response time as well as the shape (soft-hard) of the transients.
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Old 09-05-2016, 05:37 PM   #27
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Re: VST Mastering Favorites? What do you use?

As a FL user i'm a huge fan of Maximus, overall the separate Low/Mid/High diverse parameters and all the power you have within each separate section, i highlight the "saturation" one which enables you to brighten up any of the freq range sections previously mentioned. Although sometimes (kinda outdated i know) I use the OZone5 too, the harmonic exciter comes really handy as well. Only use the EQ modules here to cut below 30hz and above 18khz since everything else is mixed up already. I don't know if this is illegal but i add a Fruity Soft Clipper on the master when i go for the OZone5 doing the master, somehow it pumps up the percussion so good. Can't really decide between the Maximus or the OZone5 tho, it all depends really on the track i'm working on.
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Old 09-05-2016, 07:02 PM   #28
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Re: VST Mastering Favorites? What do you use?

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CS12M (freeware) by Terry West is pretty good for New York style compression and some simple EQ.
I don't like the built in limiter though, so I use LookAhead Limiter (freeware) instead with really minimal settings for transparent use. I will also typically use whatever good EQ I'm in the mood for, before the limiter. Also, sometimes I will insert MSED before the limiter if the mix needs widening and is hitting a bit too hard; I just drop the mid by about a decibel or two (to make the side stronger and to reduce the overall amplitude). It can make a very big difference and is really easy to do.

+1 on the Terry West stuff..though I'm pretty sure he's moved from the Freeware model to Donationware..meaning you have to pay something ($8 min I think) before you can download..but then you're free to download everything he has to offer..still basically free when you think about what you're getting.

I think his units are real gems that are overlooked by many..shame..they could save themselves a ton of cash.

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Old 09-05-2016, 07:11 PM   #29
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All of them and then some.. All depends on the project..from free ones to quite expensive ones.. all depends on what type of signal chain I use..sometimes I use anywhere from 2 to 4 different signal chains..If I mixed the project then I take as far along to a mastered sound as the artist will allow..then it goes off to an ME..I prefer to one or the other on a track..doing both (mixing and mastering) is not a favorite thing to do..mostly prefer to go from tracking to mixing then off it goes to the ME..just how I roll ..

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Old 10-05-2016, 04:05 AM   #30
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Re: VST Mastering Favorites? What do you use?

1) Fruity Limiter. It has a pretty great compressor!
2) Ferric TDS: Gives it a bit of saturation, makes the song fatter and a bit louder
3) Parametric EQ 2: Lets me sculpt the song so that it matches a lot of commercial tracks.
4) TLS Maximizer: Pretty simple but power limiter that lets me achieve loudness.
5) Voxngo's SPAN: Analyzer plugin that let's me... analyse my tracks EQ spectrum, RMS and peaks. Pretty great plugin, tbh.

Though, I should point out that I also use reference tracks to help give me an idea of what my music should sound like when I'm done.
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Old 10-05-2016, 06:12 PM   #31
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Re: VST Mastering Favorites? What do you use?

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1) Fruity Limiter. It has a pretty great compressor!
2) Ferric TDS: Gives it a bit of saturation, makes the song fatter and a bit louder
3) Parametric EQ 2: Lets me sculpt the song so that it matches a lot of commercial tracks.
4) TLS Maximizer: Pretty simple but power limiter that lets me achieve loudness.
5) Voxngo's SPAN: Analyzer plugin that let's me... analyse my tracks EQ spectrum, RMS and peaks. Pretty great plugin, tbh.

Though, I should point out that I also use reference tracks to help give me an idea of what my music should sound like when I'm done.
I use some of these tools as well, but isn't that more mixing than mastering? I mean, you can achieve a lot with good mixing, mastering is a science in itself and pro's use whole programs as complicated as a DAW itself to properly master tracks.
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Alloy shouldn't have any advantages over Ozone really.
Ozone has a lot more modules, but I think only Alloy has a multiband transient shaper and also a de-esser. I could be wrong since I don't have Ozone, but I guess hardly anyone uses these effects for mastering...

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Ozone has a lot more modules, but I think only Alloy has a multiband transient shaper and also a de-esser. I could be wrong since I don't have Ozone, but I guess hardly anyone uses these effects for mastering...
True..I think it would have to be a pretty shit mix if you were still reaching for a de-esser in the mastering phase..though that's not to say there aren't times when you will legitimately need one.

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Re: VST Mastering Favorites? What do you use?

If I was to choose just one tool for mastering it would have to be Ozone.. its an incredible all-round plugin...lots of modules and highly versatile!

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Seems to be one missing..I do not see a mention of one of the go to of quite a few of the A- listers that I know (personally) use... man no T-Racks love up in here.. lots of Ozone love as expected with the types of music usually written here.... T-Racks is actually pretty tasty... lots of good plug in listed that work well though.. ..personally wish more would spend time on the mix getting that right before they jump onto mastering..at least with my clientele.. nice to see Slick EQ get some love though.. tasty also..

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Seems to be one missing..I do not see a mention of one of the go to of quite a few of the A- listers that I know (personally) use... man no T-Racks love up in here.. lots of Ozone love as expected with the types of music usually written here.... T-Racks is actually pretty tasty... lots of good plug in listed that work well though.. ..personally wish more would spend time on the mix getting that right before they jump onto mastering..at least with my clientele.. nice to see Slick EQ get some love though.. tasty also..
Talking of Slick EQ..have to second you on that..and mention again my own personal favorite, TD's own TDR Kotelnikov mastering compressor..either the free or the fee-cased version..both are equally as good.

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i use t-racks and ozone!as well as au!
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Ozone my man. Great sound, if you know how to use it.
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Re: VST Mastering Favorites? What do you use?

man lots of people who do their master themselves here, sorry for the intrusion but do some of you have links to good tutorials on mastering?

I've done my research but there are so many, and most of them are long, so if any one is any better than the others from your experience, I'd appreciate if you could send a few links (by mp if you prefer not to get too off topic in here)

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