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

PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:26 pm
by TheLegit
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

What settings do people use on the J37 - I just whack one of the Mastering presets on sounds great!

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

PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:40 pm
by CS70
I stick to one of the "as flat as possible" modes, usually the 15ips, and do some tweaks. My idea is not to get color out of the plugin, but something that one would get from printing to tape (I guess).

But if it sounds good to you, it's good!

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

PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:57 pm
by nathanscribe
Watchmaker wrote: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.

I used one of those for years until it conked out one one channel... using a Drawmer 1978 now, which has some very useful features and sounds great.

Harrison Mixbus has some useable saturation on the main stereo bus as well, it's been my favoured DAW for a while.

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

PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:17 pm
by Martin Walker
This has turned into an absolutely fascinating read, giving rise to lots of further on-line searches.

We all have our favourites it seems, and there are a host of different ways to add clarity, space and glue to the mix 8-)


Martin

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

PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:34 pm
by Andy McBain
Sonnox Inflator at default settings, and about 2% effect gives my electronic mixes a nice touch of extra density :thumbup:

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

PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 3:15 pm
by Watchmaker
nathanscribe wrote:
Watchmaker wrote: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.

I used one of those for years until it conked out one one channel... using a Drawmer 1978 now, which has some very useful features and sounds great.

Harrison Mixbus has some useable saturation on the main stereo bus as well, it's been my favoured DAW for a while.

Whew! I'm sometimes embarrassed to name my gear cause none of it says Neve, SSL, API, etc.

Good to know others are using the "modestly priced" gear too :-)

I've never even heard of Tegeler!

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

PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:53 am
by Rich Hanson
Very often I will have the T-Racks Opto Compressor on the main bus, doing a bit of light levelling (generally starting with the Transparent Leveller preset and working from there)

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

PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:57 am
by Zukan
That Opto is quite nice. Glues things well. White 2A also works some magic.

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

PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:09 am
by w oxo cube
Expensive thread :-)

I tend to write a lot on my laptop and then take it over to my studio to mix properly. When I'm on the laptop 99% of the time use the Waves SSL compressor followed by a Fabfilter Limiter.

If I get it into the studio and it sounds great, I'll print it digitally there and then but more often than not it will need a little rebalance especially at the low end (I write dancefloor based electronic music) I'll run it through the Drawmer 1978 bus compressor. I find this great for tightening the low end and generally give the mix more punch. The EQ section is very useful for a touch of lows or tops.