Best mastering chain with plugins?

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66 posts since 21 Jul, 2021 from Over There.

Post Mon Oct 25, 2021 5:08 am

elysia museq
elysia alpha
elysia museq
L3 or XL2
SIR standardClip
OR
RS56
TG Mastering chain
SIR standardClip

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KVRAF
10710 posts since 4 Jan, 2017 from Warsaw, Poland

Post Mon Oct 25, 2021 5:15 am

mid/side EQ -> compressor -> limiter :)
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KVRAF
2698 posts since 25 Feb, 2005

Post Mon Oct 25, 2021 7:05 am

Can't say it's the best but it's working for me right now in my master bus template.
British Class A
Overstayer
PSP Saturator
Weiss EQ1
Weiss DS1 mk3
PA BAX eq

KVRist
50 posts since 15 Mar, 2021

Post Mon Oct 25, 2021 7:23 am

Two solid positions are:
bx_digital v3
elysia alpha comp
rest may vary, but it usually ends up in ozone limiter for minimal gain reduction and peak protection.

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KVRian
1391 posts since 11 Apr, 2008

Post Mon Oct 25, 2021 11:59 am

IK Bus Comp
IK Tape 80 or 99
Weiss Compressor
Weiss MM-1 Limiter
Ozone: maximizer with -0.5 to -2dB True Peak (because Weiss Limiter can't handle true peaks properly)
Beware! The software discussed in this topic has unacceptable aliasing at -386dBTP but it can be fixed by changing the sample rate to 12Bit

KVRAF
2995 posts since 5 Nov, 2014

Post Mon Oct 25, 2021 12:02 pm


KVRist
105 posts since 20 Jul, 2012

Post Mon Oct 25, 2021 12:47 pm

My go to chain for pretty much all masters that i do:

- uhe Satin for Tape Color
- Waves PuigChild with max. 1db of compression
- Pro-Q 3
- Plugin Alliance Shadow Hills Compressor
- Ozone (Exciter and Stereo Image Tool)
- brainworx bx_2098
- Waves L3-LL Multiband Limiter
(- Ozone Match EQ if needed)
- Fabfilter Pro-L 2

KVRian
1187 posts since 11 Sep, 2015

Post Mon Oct 25, 2021 1:32 pm

elysia alpha comp > VSM-3 > softube/ni Passive > sknote presence > sometimes softube Tape > limiter6GE

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KVRer
12 posts since 3 Oct, 2021

Post Tue Oct 26, 2021 2:20 pm

bx_digital v3 -> Inflator -> IK Stealth Limiter

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KVRAF
1559 posts since 30 May, 2003 from Milan, Italy

Post Tue Oct 26, 2021 11:41 pm

roman.i wrote:
Sat Oct 23, 2021 3:08 am
My choice:

bx_digital v3
Tone projects - unisum
Fabfilter L2

What is yours? Why?
I've only mastered one single track and one whole album completely ITB over the last 13 years, but if I had to do it now, it would probably go something like this:

Voxengo R8Brain Pro
Acon Acoustica Post Production Suite
TDR Slick EQ M
AirWindows Ultrasonic
Softube Chandler Germanium Compressor
TDR Slick EQ M
Voxengo OVC-128
Voxengo MSED
TDR Slick EQ M
AirWindows Ultrasonic
DMG Limitless
AirWindows NJAD
Youlean Loudness Meter

But I'm not gonna explain why, cos you didn't either. ;) I could probably do most of the work with any decent combo of a single Comp, EQ and Limiter, if I had to go minimal. WRT mastering, I think knowing what moves to make is much more important than the tools you use to get there.

KVRian
883 posts since 28 Jul, 2006

Post Wed Oct 27, 2021 12:41 am

No ToneProjects Unisum mentions seems crazy.

KVRAF
1883 posts since 2 Jul, 2010

Post Wed Oct 27, 2021 3:07 am

Hermetech Mastering wrote:
Tue Oct 26, 2021 11:41 pm
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Voxengo MSED
TDR Slick EQ M
...
I'm curious about this part of the chain. What is the single MSED instance doing? Slick EQ M covers stereo width pretty thoroughly.

KVRist

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382 posts since 25 Aug, 2019

Post Wed Oct 27, 2021 4:21 am

briefcasemanx wrote:
Wed Oct 27, 2021 12:41 am
No ToneProjects Unisum mentions seems crazy.
I mentioned it.

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KVRAF
1559 posts since 30 May, 2003 from Milan, Italy

Post Wed Oct 27, 2021 5:07 am

imrae wrote:
Wed Oct 27, 2021 3:07 am
Hermetech Mastering wrote:
Tue Oct 26, 2021 11:41 pm
...
Voxengo MSED
TDR Slick EQ M
...
I'm curious about this part of the chain. What is the single MSED instance doing? Slick EQ M covers stereo width pretty thoroughly.
Just force of habit with how I currently use a similar setup, but with the analogue chain in the middle. I have been using MSED since forever (long before TDR were a thing) and I like the fact that you can adjust the Sum and Difference separately in dB, whereas with the TDR stuff it's a very slightly more confusing "balance" control. But yeah, just habit basically, could just use the Slick EQ M to do it all.

KVRist
100 posts since 17 Oct, 2020

Post Wed Oct 27, 2021 2:47 pm

True Iron > bx_townhouse > Rule Tec > Black Box HG-2 > Softube Tape > Ozone 9 > TDR Limiter 6 GE.

Sometimes I use Softube Saturation Knob instead of HG-2, sometimes I don't use Rule Tec at all. But that's pretty much the chain. Thinking of buying Voxengo TEOTE, and that will go before everything else.

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