What's the best Melda plugin for compressing bass guitar?

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sirmonkey
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112 posts since 26 Sep, 2014

Post Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:59 pm

I've tried a few ways of compressing bass guitar.
Method 1: Editing individual wave forms, and making 100's of slices at the zero crossings, and reducing peaks. This is obviously crazy (hours and hours of editing, but I wanted to try it, at least once).

Method 2: Using several compressors run in series, with each stage set to just barely catch the peaks.

I also messed with a few transient designers, but that didn't work so well (yes, weird idea...I know)

But which Melda plugin is best for very dynamic bass guitar parts? MDynamics? MModernCompressor? MTurboCompLE? Maybe MAutovolume, at least as an initial stage? Seems like MSpectralDynamics could work, too.
* I'm thinking about a real bass guitar, in a rock song.
So many choices! Maybe I should just throw a dart and pick one!

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Fourstepper
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205 posts since 22 Jun, 2018

Re: What's the best Melda plugin for compressing bass guitar?

Post Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:20 am

It's much more about what you wanna do VS. what plugin is the best for it. Depends what problems with the bass guitar you are having.. I would try two compressors, one with lower ratio and low threshold to bring the overall dynamics closer together and second to tame shorter dynamic problems (peaks).
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KVRAF
10859 posts since 15 Mar, 2008 from Czech republic

Re: What's the best Melda plugin for compressing bass guitar?

Post Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:43 am

I'd go for MAutoVolume and/or MTurboComp, easies ways ;)
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steve2KVR
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591 posts since 2 May, 2015

Re: What's the best Melda plugin for compressing bass guitar?

Post Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:02 am

...fwiw...I've used MDrumLeveler on occasion to "tame" some base stems, workes quite well when the part was created using a pick...ymmv though, so don't let the names fool ya', experiment...hth.../s~
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10859 posts since 15 Mar, 2008 from Czech republic

Re: What's the best Melda plugin for compressing bass guitar?

Post Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:42 am

Uuu, MDrumLeveler for bass? Well, hey, why the hell not :D
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steve2KVR
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591 posts since 2 May, 2015

Re: What's the best Melda plugin for compressing bass guitar?

Post Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:04 am

...tried everything else...(sigh)...desperate times and all.../s~
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sirmonkey
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112 posts since 26 Sep, 2014

Re: What's the best Melda plugin for compressing bass guitar?

Post Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:27 pm

I gave MTurbocomp a spin, after watching the intro video. The video mentions that it has 4 followers and 4 dynamics processors...and more (then the video says "We're not even go touch it" -Doh!) Anyway, it seems that the 4 dynamics processors are like 4 compressors? In series? I did a quick test on a bass guitar track, and this seems to be the case :party: I set processor 1 so that I saw small, quick gain reductions on the meter. Then I did the same with processor 2...and then processors 3 and 4.
Before MTurboComp, my VU meter was jumping at each bass guitar note played (normal- as expected).
With MTurboComp, the peak levels were greatly reduced, and the performance sounded exactly the same (as desired!) Yay! More headroom! A lot more! Just with MTurboComp.

So, with the 4 processors, that is 4 stages of compression then, right? It sure seems that way from my quick test. I suggest that this should be highlighted as a feature. This was sitting right under my nose for quite a while, and I didn't even know it!

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10859 posts since 15 Mar, 2008 from Czech republic

Re: What's the best Melda plugin for compressing bass guitar?

Post Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:33 am

Cool!
It's actually really 4 lever followers, which are fed into the final transform graph, which does the actual leveling. But in fact it can easily work as a parallel compressor too. Then there's MTurboCombMB, if you want to get extreme :D :D
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mevla
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1931 posts since 3 Nov, 2015

Re: What's the best Melda plugin for compressing bass guitar?

Post Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:36 am

A series of videos on practical mixing/mastering techniques using Melda plugins could be quite nice for all levels of mixers. A good 'mix' of plugin exposure and technique.

Cheers.

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