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What are good mastering plugins?

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  • Mark Lord Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Jan 24, 2013 10:53 PM (in response to Pancenter)

    I defy anyone to not like the Slate FG-X, it's a truly amazing plugin - if I only had access to one plugin for level control that would be it. Sure sometimes I'll use a multiband as well - but you really have to know what you're doing with those otherwise you can go backwards... You can make the FG-X sound nasty if you go mad on the wrong kind of source, but it's very, very hard to...

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    Jan 25, 2013 1:06 AM (in response to Andreas - Gothenburg)

    Mastering is quite an expert skill - particularly when it comes to orchestral material. Many mastering engineers are far more reasonable than you might imagine. It's worth finding a good one - you may well learn a lot from their feedback (& get better results than you would on your own).

     

    Plug-in wise I'd take a look at the Sonnox Limiter - it's very versatile, sounds very polished & has some good classical / orchestral presets (though as with all presets, consider them as starting points only).

     

    http://www.sonnoxplugins.com/pub/plugins/products/limiter.htm

     

    Best of luck...

  • kcstudio Level 4 Level 4 (1,580 points)
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    Jan 26, 2013 3:47 AM (in response to Andreas - Gothenburg)

    Although I do agree, more or less, with all that has been said, you should have a very good look here:

     

    http://www.meldaproduction.com/

     

    Try it and you'll find out that it can withstand the competition of all the above mentioned plugins, including Sonox and most certenly the Slate FG-X.

     

    Have a nice day!

  • Pancenter Level 5 Level 5 (7,505 points)
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    Jan 26, 2013 4:05 PM (in response to kcstudio)

    kcstudio wrote:

     

    Although I do agree, more or less, with all that has been said, you should have a very good look here:

     

    http://www.meldaproduction.com/

     

     

    Again, more good stuff, thanks-

     

    Do they have enough plugins?

    I lost count after a while, it almost seems overkill.

  • octopi Level 3 Level 3 (755 points)
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    Jan 26, 2013 6:42 PM (in response to Pancenter)

    Lots of great advice in this thread.

     

    One thing I'd like to comment on is that I have been lucky enough to have music I have mixed mastered by some top ME's. None of them reach for a multi-band compressor by default. They have all said to me, almost without fail, that the only time they pull out multi-band compressors is when something is really wrong with the track and there's no chance of the Producer/Engineer taking it back to fix it in the mix.

     

    So it is a myth that Mastering Engineers typically use multi-band compressors but one I hear repeated a little too often.

     

    Of course, they have their uses like everything else. Just thought I'd chip in for people just getting in to mastering.

  • kcstudio Level 4 Level 4 (1,580 points)
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    Jan 26, 2013 10:27 PM (in response to octopi)

    Two thumps up plus my dog whirls his tail barking!

     

    Cheers.

  • kcstudio Level 4 Level 4 (1,580 points)
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    Jan 26, 2013 10:49 PM (in response to Pancenter)

    It took me a while to understand their philosophy, but once you get to know them it all fits! They are very open minded and you can have great discussions about anything with them, sensible comments on plugins behavior or functions are always addressed straight away. In other words it is a great company. If Apple could show only 1/100 part of their (Melda's) responsiveness towards us, we would be in heaven.

     

    Have a nice day!

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