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Best mastering effects chain?
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my_big_ego



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:26 am    Post subject: Best mastering effects chain? Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hi, just wondering if anyone has any tips, vst's and advice on effects chains etc for final production on a song?

My production is coming along, I still can't seem to get my final mixes how I want it. Half the problem of course, is that i don't quite know what it is i want! If you want to see what I mean, check out some of my songs at the links below... I quite like some of them, but I just want my production to be in your face, attention grabbing, bowel loosening and tight and crispy...

I am looking for both advice on any good effects and settings but also a good sequence of mastering devices eg: eq > compressor > master.

Any advice, tips or good (preferably cheap or free!) VST's or hardware would be much appreciated.

peas and love

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I dunno - the stuff I've heard sounds pretty good. Of course, I've not heard un-lossy compressed versions yet.

I tend to use my old hardware Finalizer nowadays, which I love for its tweakability. On the software side, Ozone does the job for me, combined with Waveburner.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:58 am    Post subject: cheers Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

cheers for that, going to look into getting Ozone now, and eventually moving off PC into Mac land, as it is blatantly better!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Shhh... don't want to start another platform war... Wink

They're nearly as pointless as the digital vs. analogue or plugin vs. hardware wars! Razz

But I do agree with you, Macs rule!

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Jyoti wrote:
They're nearly as pointless as the digital vs. analogue or plugin vs. hardware wars! Razz

jeepers, hardware wars is keen
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

haha didn't realise the battle lines had been drawn and that I shouldn't mention 'the war!' an uneasy peace continues... ;-p
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:16 pm    Post subject: Mastering
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Unfortunately there is no direct advice anyone can give you on your productions, other than help you understand what plugins will help you achieve certain effects. The first thing to do is to compare your productions to an artist that is closest to the sound quality your looking for, this will help you identify in your own head what elements you maybe lacking (ie tighter sound, levels, dynamics etc) after you establish the fundamental differences you then have some direction, the next step is to thoroughly learn your signal processors (EQ, compressors, Limiter etc). Aim to choose sounds that you don't have to use much processing on, as too many people use too much which usually leaves their productions very lifeless (less is more). learn how to use your hardware and software (make sure you understand what each knob does) and you will know what signal processor you need to add. It's a long but rewarding road to great mastering, so it pays to share info.

Learn your tools and compare.

I have some posts on STN which might help you, so feel free to check them out too.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Get Ozone... it will make your music loud.
(If that's what you're after)
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Mastering comes with patient and alot of experience, here is a good little video but to help:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1EW2v-ikc8&feature=related Shocked
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