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Old 21-07-2017, 07:39 AM   #61
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FL Studio 64 bit automatically bridges 32 bit plugins.
yea but its shit, always use 64 bit plugins in a 64 bit os the bridgeing causes memory leaks.

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Elevate. I could sell Pro-L, bx_limiter and even Ozone 7 right now without looking back much...

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Re: VST Mastering Favorites? What do you use?

I'm still learning to master and due to this, I've been consistently chopping and changing plugins I use in my mastering chain..some fee-based, but mostly free.

I don't have any isotope stuff yet, but I'm certain something from them is going to be a must-have for mastering at some point, along with the [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]
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I think coupling the Hofa stuff with something from isotope would go a long way to giving you a pretty solid mastering chain, though I've sure there will always be other "options" that are going to be attractive down the road.

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Old 29-10-2017, 08:55 AM   #65
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Re: VST Mastering Favorites? What do you use?

A.M you know how I feel about your output, its damn good. I think you dont have too much to worry about mastering and you are on a similar path as myself.

For recommendations at the moment for the master chain I am getting satisfying results from a very mixed combo. However, Eventide's Newfangled Elevate is really worth a check and I think on offer till end of this month. Also Waves CLA Mix does some good stuff, but I find it's a little noisy on the drive.
A lot of Slates virtual rack on various groups (London, Stress, VCC, Trimmer and others).
Drum buss The Glue (Drum Parallel no gain) into Acusticas Sand.
Izotope Neutron gets a look in frm time to time if I cant get a channel to sit comfortably.

I think it's important to remember the basics. Some and not exhaustive that I try to keep tabs on:
Each individual track does is sound right, any plugins adding unnecessary gain or noise in each tracks gain,
Keep the track volumes down to around -6db, leave the end volume to the master channel.
Your listening and monitoring environment is going to have a huge impact.

Currently Im using The glue (with no gain), EQ Waves 30 band para for sorting out my old ears and frequency balancing (I have an issue in my room with poor midrange, seems a constant loss in that area), Limitless to balance it all out, Nebula with AlexB's 9k console (just sounds amazing), with elevate at the end.

MJUCs is good on groups if you dont have glue. There are so many options, looking through my plugin list I must have 40 plus dynamic comps of which I use a few!

Im still learning (as alwas) so just my pittance input.

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I'm still learning to master and due to this, I've been consistently chopping and changing plugins I use in my mastering chain..some fee-based, but mostly free.

I don't have any isotope stuff yet, but I'm certain something from them is going to be a must-have for mastering at some point, along with the [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]
from the German company [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]
. I've used some of their free software before in the past and it's always been top quality..and the System 2 Bundle seems to be every bit as good, too..plus it only costs €79.90, so it's a bit of a bargain anyway.

I think coupling the Hofa stuff with something from isotope would go a long way to giving you a pretty solid mastering chain, though I've sure there will always be other "options" that are going to be attractive down the road.

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sorting out my old ears and frequency balancing (I have an issue in my room with poor midrange, seems a constant loss in that area), Limitless to balance it all out, Nebula with AlexB's 9k console (just sounds amazing), with elevate at the end.
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We all do my friend, day by day, year by year

The irony is to be a master you would ideally be an elder with the ears of youth!

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Re: VST Mastering Favorites? What do you use?

I used to use Terry West's CS12m (channel strip 12 master) but it suddenly stopped working in all of my projects so I had to quit using it after all these years :/

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I used to use Terry West's CS12m (channel strip 12 master) but it suddenly stopped working in all of my projects so I had to quit using it after all these years :/

That's what you get for using pirated software.

Just kidding..

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That's what you get for using pirated software.

Just kidding..
Naw, it wasn't pirated, of course.
I use something like 97% freewares. I pay for the rest.
Maybe even more than that. I never really did the math.

There was a time a long time ago when I used a bootleg of CoolEdit 2000, but that got eclipsed by guilt and Wavosaur and Audacity and OcenAudio. It was damned good software though, ahead of it's time, yet probably not really quite worth the price.

By the time I tried to hunt down the makers of CoolEdit to pay for it, it was discontinued completely and the company had changed names.

And then more and more people were warning each other about malware, so I just quit that permanently.

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Honestly...not much.

Live's Spectrum, a stereoscope, and Live's EQ8...mmm...yep. That's typically it.
I don't use the EQ8 on the master; just on individual tracks.

On the master I usually just have a spectrum and stereoscope.

Recently I've started using Orban and a spectrogram, but I do this after rendering out to wav file.
I then check the loudness variables by analyzing a per-second log via Orban (I import that data dump into excel), and the spectrogram is nothing fancy (Sonic Vizualizer).
I just started using the spectrogram to check if I like the frequency saturation bandwidth (psst...more frequencies being gainfully employed "sounds" loud without actually being forcibly louder. - it's not loud; it's just fully ranged.)

I don't really ever use compressors (unless I'm hooking in a real instrument which I think I've done once in the past couple of years)...sometimes I'll use the multiband compressors on individual tracks to reshape the instrument, but I don't consider this using them for mastering...it's just more in my head like turning the tone nobs on a guitar.

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Honestly...not much.

Live's Spectrum, a stereoscope, and Live's EQ8...mmm...yep. That's typically it.
I don't use the EQ8 on the master; just on individual tracks.

On the master I usually just have a spectrum and stereoscope.

Recently I've started using Orban and a spectrogram, but I do this after rendering out to wav file.
I then check the loudness variables by analyzing a per-second log via Orban (I import that data dump into excel), and the spectrogram is nothing fancy (Sonic Vizualizer).
I just started using the spectrogram to check if I like the frequency saturation bandwidth (psst...more frequencies being gainfully employed "sounds" loud without actually being forcibly louder. - it's not loud; it's just fully ranged.)

I don't really ever use compressors (unless I'm hooking in a real instrument which I think I've done once in the past couple of years)...sometimes I'll use the multiband compressors on individual tracks to reshape the instrument, but I don't consider this using them for mastering...it's just more in my head like turning the tone nobs on a guitar.
Hey, Stumpy..you should edit the above and include a link to that excellent post you made about using Orban..I think it would really benefit those who didn't see it or know about Orban in the first place.

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Hey, Stumpy..you should edit the above and include a link to that excellent post you made about using Orban..I think it would really benefit those who didn't see it or know about Orban in the first place.
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FWIW (can't be much. ;P) I, being an eternal scrub, use a pretty standard mix of MautodynamicEQ->MJUC->SDRR->Elephant, so EQ-Comp-Saturation-Limiting. I am happy enough with the results. I have used other comps sometimes, but my experience here is limited anyway so this basically where I always start.

Oh, also worth mention I think is the Melda free pack that includes Mtools and the stereo monitoring tools etc so I can check my mid-side and mono compatibility and such. This is more done at the end of mixing though, so I can fix things per track before I burn a pre-master WAV, but I sometimes check things when mastering with them while mastering to avoid stupid mistakes.

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