Minimalist high quality mix & master plugin chains you'd recommend?

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861 posts since 9 Aug, 2018

Post Tue Nov 29, 2022 7:07 pm

Or, better yet, that you actually use?

On the heels of picking up SlickEQ M, which is very nice indeed, it occurs to me I should set up once and for all a simple, effective chain of excellent plugins for mixing, and likewise for mastering.

Physical and digital instruments, sometimes vocals included, is what will be going into it all.

842 posts since 15 Jul, 2016

Post Tue Nov 29, 2022 7:43 pm

iZotope Ozone

177 posts since 11 May, 2020

Post Wed Nov 30, 2022 2:31 am

For mastering I tend to just use one mastering compressor (tdr kotelnikov or similar) , an eq (usually proq3) and a limiter (usually pro L2). Most of my work I go back to the mix if it's not right at the mastering stage.

I'm self taught and still learning myself though so appreciate others with more experience may be able to give you better insights.

729 posts since 30 Oct, 2003 from Pacific NW, USA

Post Wed Nov 30, 2022 10:44 am

If you already have effects that you like to use, one option would be a plug-in chainer like StudioRack from Waves - ... in-chainer

I have a template set up that uses various effects from iZotope, Waves, Fabfilter, Eventide, etc. It's a very useful way to use plug-ins when mixing. Another useful plug-in that comes to mind is PatchWork by Blue Cat Audio - ... PatchWork/

406 posts since 1 Jul, 2021

Post Wed Nov 30, 2022 10:55 am

Daw Stock eq Reaeq or... free TDR Nova
Free TDR Kotelnikov Compressor
Free Loudmax Limiter

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238 posts since 1 Jan, 2021

Post Wed Nov 30, 2022 11:48 am

+1 Loudmax Limiter (even it needs bigger UI)
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1396 posts since 21 Nov, 2015

Post Wed Nov 30, 2022 12:34 pm

EQ4 & Barricade,
could work fine.
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2872 posts since 26 Mar, 2002 from london

Post Wed Nov 30, 2022 2:24 pm

Klanghelm SDRR
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Post Wed Nov 30, 2022 3:05 pm

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2976 posts since 1 Sep, 2016

Post Wed Nov 30, 2022 3:14 pm

Difficult to recommend a mixing FX chain because it's so specific to instrument and genre. But for mastering I quite like some subtle tape emulation and/or saturation with Reelbus 3 or 4 and HG-2, SlickEQ M, MagicDeathEye on compression duties, maybe some Newfangled Saturate for clipping/loudness, and a final limiter, usually Barricade 4.

8788 posts since 6 Oct, 2004

Post Wed Nov 30, 2022 5:28 pm

Harrison Mixbus daw, load a .wav and tweak the famed console producer's defaults.
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861 posts since 9 Aug, 2018

Post Wed Nov 30, 2022 7:24 pm

Not looking for a new DAW, but otherwise not the worst idea.

And thanks y’all. Great suggestions all ‘round. I went ahead and bought SDRR for a start. That plugin looks to be da bomb, seriously. That and what I have already is almost enough, really.

93 posts since 9 Dec, 2018

Post Thu Dec 01, 2022 10:52 am

TB EQ4 -> Reelbus 4 (glue setting / preset) -> Barricade 4 (soft clip, compression and limiting).

This is a great simple setup that yields quick results.

2 others I often throw in between there are Ozone’s Exciter and Imager.

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5269 posts since 29 Sep, 2010 from Maui

Post Thu Dec 01, 2022 2:26 pm

You can't go wrong with the Toneboosters stuff, though I wouldn't call them minimalist. One of the best values in the industry imo.

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861 posts since 9 Aug, 2018

Post Thu Dec 01, 2022 7:44 pm


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