Robomb wrote:Hey guys! Does anyone have any good tips for the mastering process? I know compression and limiting is key, but not sure exactly how to set it up on the master chain. Any tips or suggestions? Also for plugins, etc?
This is my basic masterchain set-up usually (sometimes more plug-in's depending on the project).1. Logic's Gain
For checking the track in mono.2. Logic's Multimeter
This is a simple meter in Logic which makes it visable if there are strange peaks in certain areas.
For more detailed analyzing I sometimes using the T-Rack's Metering Tool.
But since I'm not an expert in all these detailed meters I tend to use the Multimeter by Logic. Quick and easy.3. EQ - Logic's Channel EQ
For the last subtle cuts and boosts. I always cut 40Hz in the low-end en sometimes a bit of top end also.
No extreme settings here because I EQ every track and bus also.4. EQ - T-Racks Pultec EQ Emulation
I use the Pulltec emulation by T-Racks for some subtle boost in the high-end,
I saw Thomas Gold using the emulation by UAD in his In The Studio clip, and it also works for me.
Really good sounds, sweetens the track a bit!5. Compression - (Multiband) Compression
If I use Multiband Compression I use the Waves Linear Multiband Compressor,
If that's not the case I use one of T-Racks compressors or Cytomic's The Glue.
Which are all great in my opinion.6. Limiter - T-Racks Brickwall Limiter
Normally using the T-Racks Brickwall Limiter with the 4db Clean Preset.
I think it sounds better then Logic's Adaptive Limiter or Waves L2.
I also have the Sonnox Oxford Limiter which sounded great but it made my Mac unstable, lot of crashes.