|Originally posted by palm |
if you would have to recommend only ONE mastering device (compressor, limiter, eq etc, analog bla bla bla), what would it be? compared to price also ofcourse
well it really depends on what you are looking for.
i'm not doing mastering usually , just a tight mix and then send it out to a mastering house.
But, what i like to do is mix all the tracks through a certain chain (master chain) that sometimes incl my compressor and eq (mainly for the color).
i use the compressor first with a very small low gain reduction just to tighten up thing a lil bit (u can call it glue compression) , afterwards comes the eq and a fast limiter only for very fast peaks.
******very important rule for me is to make the chain before i'm starting the whole mix not not in the middle or in the end of it.....from my own experience that's the way and not the other way around....
its nice for SOME of the mixes as it gives a warmer more tape sounding mix.
for trance , i don't think i'll use it that way.
i'll compress few parts in the mix to give it a unique color but will use the UAD the most as the "colder" sounds fits better for trance.
i would recommend u to take few analog (high end) racks for a day or two to ur studio and check out how it fits to ur music.
i also bought those racks mainly for recordings u simply HAVE to get some good gear to get that sound i wanted and it sure proved itself