Anybody mastering with Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor
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17th April 2009
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Anybody mastering with Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor

Hi is anybody using Shadow Hill mastering compressor for mastering.
I plan to demo It in NYC but wanted to know how you guys feel about it.
Very little info on this.

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Same here. Please let us know what ya think.
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I'm afraid of it
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its cool.
its far more transparent then ppl think.
it can do color, and can do transparent. its all in the application.

the optical section is used far more then the discrete.
i never switch the xformer matrix away from "nickle"
i never do more then 1dB of GR.
the trick is to hit it so you are using the make up make up gain between 4 and 10. they are in smaller steps between there... much finer control.

its great for mixing tho (which i don't do alot of, but the SHMC is great on many things there)

its not the fastest comp.. but well suited for bus duties.

also, its very fragile and fickle.
shadow hills is quick with fixes to any problems tho
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its cool.
its far more transparent then ppl think.
it can do color, and can do transparent. its all in the application.

the optical section is used far more then the discrete.
i never switch the xformer matrix away from "nickle"
i never do more then 1dB of GR.
the trick is to hit it so you are using the make up make up gain between 4 and 10. they are in smaller steps between there... much finer control.

its great for mixing tho (which i don't do alot of, but the SHMC is great on many things there)

its not the fastest comp.. but well suited for bus duties.

also, its very fragile and fickle.
shadow hills is quick with fixes to any problems tho
yeah i think people see the way it looks and expect it to color the hell out of the sound. which it can do if you need it to. i also rarely take a db off. that is actually a lot with this compressor. i'm not a mastering engineer but track, mix, and put mine on the 2mix all of the time. it's one of my favorites. hit me up if you're in nyc and you can check mine out.
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It's more a mixing compressor than a mastering compressor.
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I don't master with it but I do mix with it -- it's on my master insert.

I use it for the transformer options it's got and usually only knock off 1 db at most! I can't get it to hit harder like the STC-8 which I can bravely compress heavier without negatively affecting the mix.
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Used it for mixing and liked it. Tried it for mastering a couple of times and found it to be too heavy-handed overall. So, +1.
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Why do you find it more for mixing than mastering?

I heard it and it has a great sound. 1db of GR is enough to have the song unmoved and the gain is really nice until 10.
About the attack is not so fast but in mastering most of times is not a problem,there are other comp for that.
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had one on order, went & demo'd one in a good recording studio near where I live & was very disappointed. Conclusion -> looks amazing, sounds ok. Much preferred the API 2500 & for the price of a SH MC you could buy a vari-mu style & a vca style comp & still use up less rack space
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I`m intending to buy SH MC. For sure that looks good and works great but all we have to learn and spend hours and weeks and rotating knobs to find what we were looking for. There is no magic hand and ears to get in second all what we wanted.
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