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What do you use on the master fader?

Postby dennisgamalej » Thu Oct 01, 2020 9:54 pm

Hey guys,
I have a question so i have an inspiration. What plugins do you use on the master fader?
Thank you! :)
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Re: What do you use on the master fader?

Postby RichardT » Thu Oct 01, 2020 9:59 pm

Magic Death Eye Stereo Compressor
Fabfilter pro-q3
Fabfilter pro-l2
Sonarworks reference 4

But lots of other plug-ins would be as good. Or better.
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Re: What do you use on the master fader?

Postby blinddrew » Thu Oct 01, 2020 10:01 pm

It will depend on the piece, but generally there'll be an eq with a lo-cut just to clean up any stray LF rumble that might have made it through.
Normally a compressor doing a bit of glue work, i'm currently using one of the free Klanghelm ones in this role unless i find it needs something else.
A loudness meter (courtesy of Melda).
And that's my starting point generally.
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Re: What do you use on the master fader?

Postby shufflebeat » Fri Oct 02, 2020 1:30 am

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Re: What do you use on the master fader?

Postby resistorman » Fri Oct 02, 2020 2:57 am

Usually EIOS EQ, PSP Master Comp and/ or Stilwell Bombardier, Gullfoss, PSP Xenon if it’s a one-off or a rough. If the mix is part of a compilation or album project, I’ll save all that for later. For some reason, I favor channel and sub processing in studio and master processing for live sound.
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Re: What do you use on the master fader?

Postby awjoe » Fri Oct 02, 2020 3:18 am

Ozone. It's got everything I want on a master bus, all in one plugin.
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Re: What do you use on the master fader?

Postby Arpangel » Fri Oct 02, 2020 7:28 am

ReaComp ReaEQ and Valhalla Vintage Verb, I’m not a big fan of plugs, let alone paying decent money for them, fifty quid for Vintage Verb made me wince a bit.
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Re: What do you use on the master fader?

Postby Alba » Fri Oct 02, 2020 8:27 am

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Re: What do you use on the master fader?

Postby ore_terra » Fri Oct 02, 2020 8:55 am

Arpangel wrote:ReaComp ReaEQ and Valhalla Vintage Verb, I’m not a big fan of plugs, let alone paying decent money for them, fifty quid for Vintage Verb made me wince a bit.
what use do you give to the reverb as insert in the master bus??
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Re: What do you use on the master fader?

Postby Mike Stranks » Fri Oct 02, 2020 9:04 am

Not really relevant to most of you, but as a 'radio' man mixing both commercial (licenced) music and voice I have a different approach.

Music tracks have nothing done to them - apart from normalising to -1dB.

Individual voice tracks can have all sorts of stuff depending on the source quality. They will have a selection of: Hi-pass, intelligent NR, de-ess, de-mouth-click, and gentle voice-centred EQ. On occasion I use time stretching/compression which is independent of pitch. Then normalised to -1dB.

The master-fader usually just has a Broadcast Processor set to a very mild setting and also with level set to -1dB.
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Re: What do you use on the master fader?

Postby Luke W » Fri Oct 02, 2020 9:44 am

As little as possible for me usually! The only thing I use on almost everything is FabFilter Pro-L2, mainly for the loudness metering.
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Re: What do you use on the master fader?

Postby Arpangel » Fri Oct 02, 2020 10:28 am

ore_terra wrote:
Arpangel wrote:ReaComp ReaEQ and Valhalla Vintage Verb, I’m not a big fan of plugs, let alone paying decent money for them, fifty quid for Vintage Verb made me wince a bit.
what use do you give to the reverb as insert in the master bus??

I often use it for giving a wash to a whole mix, or to a piece that may end up as an element of a bigger mix. Sometimes a mix that I intended to work as a finished piece isn’t successful, so I’ll store it in my "compost" folder until I can find a use for it as part of something else, something bigger, the reverb is often just a sound shaper, that makes a particular texture, or blurs things that didn’t work so they just become one one big mass, and you don’t hear the faults.
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Re: What do you use on the master fader?

Postby James Perrett » Fri Oct 02, 2020 2:07 pm

Only a LUFS metering plug-in and a limiter that is bypassed (but available at the click of a mouse if needed). Everything else depends on the material I'm working on.
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Re: What do you use on the master fader?

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Oct 02, 2020 2:28 pm

mda TestTone (only enabled with -18dB pink noise during initial pink noise mixing setup)

TDR Slick EQ M (for small, final EQ tweaks)

TDR Kotelnikov GE (for typically 1 to 2dB gentle overall compression, to 'glue' everything together)


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