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build your own with linear phase filters and good clean compressors like the oxford
one of the reasons that multi-bands are hated so much by many is that most/all the MB plug-ins around suck.
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Cool

waves linear phase MB is rather nice...

psp vintage warmer does have multiband capability too and is nice sometimes...

those are the only ones i use...
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See if you can find a demo of Roger Nichols Dyman-izer or for a multi-band limiter there's digital detailer. He's very highly regarded so it may be worth a test drive.


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The Dynamizer (previously Neodynium), is not the kind of multiband compressor you are talking about. It sounds like you want bands separated by frequency. Neodynium is novel because the bands are separated by volume.

I have Soniformer. It is not that challenging. It does not have to be. Of the others you list, I've liked DQ1, but have not purchased. Wavearts seems to be the most user friendly, but I have yet to buy one of their products.

BTW--DQ1 is more of a dynamic equalizer. If you're comparing it to the other Multiband dynamics, try/get the CQ1. Of course, you could get both. They seem quite pricy IMO, but if you need an equalizer too, that DQ1 is quite nice. You can turn dynamic effect off and use it as a regular equalizer.
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Thanks taturana. I also use VW2. I find it is very good for coarse general fixes, but I am looking for something a bit more precise.

Sonalksis DQ-1 seems very good so I may just go with that. It has very little discussion surrounding it so it is hard to learn from others' experiences.
i have tried the sonalksis dq-1 and found it very nice but i thought the interface was confusing... mabe i should try it again sometime...
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What about the Wave Arts isn't good enough for you? I actually like it alot, I don't slam my mix hard with it but I find it extremely useful especially when I get bands with rather flat sounding stereo files that need a little help(I won't call it mastering, just helping).
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I remember Neodynium from EA days.

I agree DQ-1 is not cheap. I have also tried out CQ-1. From what I can tell, DQ-1 can do much of what CQ-1 can do, but in a more subtle fashion. If I am missing something with CQ-1, please let me know.

Soniformer is a good tool, but the several tabs of settings and means of manipulating the parameters is not as useful for me compared to wavearts or sonalksis equivalents.

The CQ1 is a multiband compressor/expander.
The DQ1 is a dynamic equalizer.
That's the difference. I do like the DQ1 better, but with multiband compression, I would think you would be wanting to have more significant effect.
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The CQ1 is a multiband compressor/expander.
The DQ1 is a dynamic equalizer.
That's the difference. I do like the DQ1 better, but with multiband compression, I would think you would be wanting to have more significant effect.
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I was thinking--I liked the DQ1 but went with GlissEQ from Voxengo. You might find that to be a cheaper (and I think as good) alternative to the DQ1. That would still leave you good money for the CQ1.
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Sonitus multiband, $79 from Cakewalk. 5 discreet bands with every parameter you can think of.
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Is the mention of WAVES C4 being avoided because its, well . . . WAVES?
I've been using it for years for both music and sound-design and think it's pretty useful. Though, other than the PSP, I've not tried any of the other MB's mentioned.
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+ for Waves Linear MB. Very good sound quality IMO but the Masters bundle is over your budget. Soniformer is very good, and not hard to use. Reaper now has a MB comp in it, ReaXcomp, that has good sound quality, and is simple.
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Have you had a look at the new Roger Nichols Spl-izer plug-in?

aussie_techie suggested a similar approach, but it's not expensive ($129) and then you could use any great comp on the divided bands...
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Well For $250 (Technically) UAD Precision Multiband. But you'd have to purchase a UAD-1 card firstly.
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Is the mention of WAVES C4 being avoided because its, well . . . WAVES?
I've been using it for years for both music and sound-design and think it's pretty useful. Though, other than the PSP, I've not tried any of the other MB's mentioned.
C4, great for vocals too. Alot of pro ppl i know use above all else.
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Here"s a link the the Sonitus MB, not sure if a demo version is available. I've been using it for mastering on the last few projects I've done, about the only feature it doesn't have is M/S capability.

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but I'm just not getting the broad smooth tonal correction I need.
I'm not sure your using the right tool for the job. I try to compress without broad tonal changes. On my own recordings I never use multiband for tonal correction. That's all done at the track level.

I'm not sure who's matirial you are working on? Do you have access at the track level?

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Voxengo Soniformer 2

Oh but you allready tried it -

hmm, I would try again!

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Have you had a look at the new Roger Nichols Spl-izer plug-in?

aussie_techie suggested a similar approach, but it's not expensive ($129) and then you could use any great comp on the divided bands...
There is currently a deal going on - it's $99. I tried the demo - playing with putting different dynamics processors on each band - very easy to use.
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The CQ1 is a multiband compressor/expander.
The DQ1 is a dynamic equalizer.
That's the difference. I do like the DQ1 better, but with multiband compression, I would think you would be wanting to have more significant effect.
To me the CQ1 also looks more like a dynamic EQ. I know they say "Multi-Band Compander", but it's still using dynamic equalization to achieve the results.

Never understood, why they are offering two tools with slightly different options, which basically do the same thing.
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I read an article in SOS this year on Parallel compression. As a result I made a preset in EnergyXT VST plugin that is a kind of parallel compression/multiband thing with 5 instances of Magnus' Nyquist eq and a collection of various free compressors: Digitalfishphones' Blockfish; Christian Budde's Fast Soft Knee Compressor; Audio damage's Rough Rider; Buzzroom's Buzcomp andhonic XPressor. All set around 2.0:1 to start.

As highlighted in the SOS article the sound is very open with excellent transients and with reduction in the weaker characteristics of any of the separate compressors. The Nyquist eqs smoothly and subtly maintains level and provides multiband separation.

Compared to other free and commercial MB's I've used, I am getting some excellent results. I've been putting this XT preset in as frequently as I've been using my UAD 1076LN and LA-2A.
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