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Re: What's on your Master Buss if anything?

Postby Watchmaker » Fri Nov 13, 2020 9:04 pm

I run my master bus through a hardware compressor (right now it's an ART Pro VLA II) after I've got a rough mix. If I want a tape feel, I use UAD's Ampex ATR-102 or the Studer A800. Since I grew up using 456 I tend to use that model most often.

+1 for pink noise too though I tend to use that for rough in.
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Re: What's on your Master Buss if anything?

Postby ManFromGlass » Fri Nov 13, 2020 9:14 pm

Working at home I start with the Sonarworks as I use mostly headphones at this location. I might have the Melda AutoDynamicEQ (I think they call it) set to roll off from 50 Hz down just in case some lowness has managed to creep through. At some point I’ll get the Fabfilter EQ instead.
But I also keep anything on the master bus turned off (unless I’m under headphones) until I’m close to mix time.

I’ve been experimenting with the UAD versions of the Massive Passive and a Neve or SSL channel strip. They have presets that make the music sound fantastic but they are also like a foreign language to me that I’m slowly learning. If I had a bit more skill working on individual tracks I might not use them on the master bus.
For awhile I think I liked the Gullfoss plug. I say think because due to high frequency hearing loss I couldn’t really tell if it was doing the fantastic job so many people say it was.
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Re: What's on your Master Buss if anything?

Postby blakedirksen » Fri Nov 13, 2020 9:20 pm

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Re: What's on your Master Buss if anything?

Postby desmond » Fri Nov 13, 2020 9:26 pm

blakedirksen wrote:Discovering this forum a few months ago has gotten expensive. :thumbup:

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Re: What's on your Master Buss if anything?

Postby Watchmaker » Fri Nov 13, 2020 10:07 pm

blakedirksen wrote:Discovering this forum a few months ago has gotten expensive. :thumbup:

ditto, but now I have a much better understanding and shinier toys, so money well spent!
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Re: What's on your Master Buss if anything?

Postby Zukan » Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:23 am

I vary it depending on the genre I am mixing. I do like to try new products so never stay with one set of plugs.

However, as a guide, I tend to use eq for some mix corrective stuff, maybe a tiny bit of harmonic distortion or some form of glue, a tilt eq to check the balance of the mix or for anything that pokes out when tilted, a limiter to hone the LUFS info....
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Re: What's on your Master Buss if anything?

Postby Arpangel » Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:40 am

Right now, you mean, this minute!?
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Re: What's on your Master Buss if anything?

Postby Zukan » Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:59 am

Dude, no one puts a verb on the master bus. Remove it now!
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Re: What's on your Master Buss if anything?

Postby Arpangel » Sun Nov 15, 2020 11:42 am

Zukan wrote:Dude, no one puts a verb on the master bus. Remove it now!

:D :D :D

Iv'e even got a hardware compressor on my main mixer out, Sacre Bleu!

:D :D :D :D :D
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Re: What's on your Master Buss if anything?

Postby ore_terra » Sun Nov 15, 2020 1:06 pm

Tegeler Audio summing mixer and Klark Teknik pultec clones (x2), and back to Cubase I usually have an UAD SSL bus comp slow attack and fast release with the needle never beyond 2-3 db of compression and the Waves J37 tape plugin.

last week I bought the plugin alliance SPL Iron. I'll start trying it VS the SSL
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Re: What's on your Master Buss if anything?

Postby CS70 » Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:29 pm

ore_terra wrote:Tegeler Audio summing mixer and Klark Teknik pultec clones (x2), and back to Cubase I usually have an UAD SSL bus comp slow attack and fast release with the needle never beyond 2-3 db of compression and the Waves J37 tape plugin.

last week I bought the plugin alliance SPL Iron. I'll start trying it VS the SSL

How do you find the KTs on the master bus? Do you have them on, but bypassed, all the time?

I was toying with the idea of getting another one to do the same as you, but I still haven't managed to install the Dangerous Music D-Box that I got a couple months back, so I will refrain until that's settled (there's something in unwiring and replacing the monitor controller that screams "nooooo!" :D).
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Re: What's on your Master Buss if anything?

Postby Sam Inglis » Sun Nov 15, 2020 11:28 pm

I am another big fan of Acustica Taupe. I probably use it on 75 percent of my mixes, and if you choose the right tape preset you can often do without additional EQ. When EQ is needed it's usually Eiosis Air-EQ, FabFilter Pro-Q 3 or Acustica Diamond.

Compression-wise it can be almost anything. Sometimes I want fast attack and release to push the drums down into the mix, sometimes slow attack and fast release to emphasise the drums. If I want everything to sound smooth and gooey I'll quite often use the IK White 2A plug-in. A little-known plug-in that I really like is HOFA's IQ-Compressor, which has a really neat way of combining dynamic control and tonal changes -- it lets you 'dump' the gain reduction into specific frequency areas, or protect other areas from being compressed.

I recommend that anyone who doesn't want to be tempted into buying things should absolutely not try the McDSP APB system, and definitely avoid hearing the Moo-X mixer... once you've heard that on the master bus and a few select auxes, your life will never be quite the same again...
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Re: What's on your Master Buss if anything?

Postby Watchmaker » Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:49 am

Sam Inglis wrote:I recommend that anyone who doesn't want to be tempted into buying things should absolutely not try the McDSP APB system, and definitely avoid hearing the Moo-X mixer... once you've heard that on the master bus and a few select auxes, your life will never be quite the same again...

Oh, thanks. You should come with a warning sticker. :P
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Re: What's on your Master Buss if anything?

Postby ore_terra » Mon Nov 16, 2020 8:27 am

CS70 wrote:
ore_terra wrote:Tegeler Audio summing mixer and Klark Teknik pultec clones (x2), and back to Cubase I usually have an UAD SSL bus comp slow attack and fast release with the needle never beyond 2-3 db of compression and the Waves J37 tape plugin.

last week I bought the plugin alliance SPL Iron. I'll start trying it VS the SSL

How do you find the KTs on the master bus? Do you have them on, but bypassed, all the time?

I was toying with the idea of getting another one to do the same as you, but I still haven't managed to install the Dangerous Music D-Box that I got a couple months back, so I will refrain until that's settled (there's something in unwiring and replacing the monitor controller that screams "nooooo!" :D).

Really good!

I dont have them flat. 2-4 raise both ends, broad Q and the frequency varies for each project. I get it set at the beginning at 30 Hz and 16 kHz, and will touch it if I feel it doesnt work well at those frequencies.

Note: this doesnt keep me now and then from putting another pultec plugin back in Cubase :lol:

I started using them at the same time than the tegeler so I dont know who to blame, but I can say (and I’ve told so) that the deepness I get now I didnt get it before
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Re: What's on your Master Buss if anything?

Postby Arpangel » Mon Nov 16, 2020 9:23 am

If I suddenly got the news that I had some sort of fatal illness, god forbid, I’d immediately rush out and buy two things the Inward Connections Vac Rac compressor, and the Neve Master Buss Processor.
Just so that I could sit back in my remaining time and enjoy the 150% pure creamy goodness that these units can offer, totally OTT for my music, but nice, all the same.
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