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Workflow suggestions - Waves SSL to Manley MU Equalisers (HW)
Old 18th August 2007
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Workflow suggestions - Waves SSL to Manley MU

I was wondering if anyone might offer their opinions about using these two items together for mix bus compression.

Manley first followed by the Wave SSL?

Just really interested in workflow ideas using these devices with a DAW.

Thanks for any feedback!
Old 18th August 2007
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I would think ssl first, then manley since many engineers would mix through an SSL board with the buss compressor and then take it to a mastering house which would add the manley vari mu.
Old 18th August 2007
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I don't use the Waves SSL (tried it, didn't like it) but I usually run a Smart C2 before the Manley Mu when I daisy chain them.

But usually I will use the different compressors for different buses, for ex. Mu on drum bus, C2 on master bus or vice versa (well, actually now the Zener is permanently parked on drum bus...).
Old 23rd August 2007
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these posts were helpful. I've really enjoyed the sound of the Waves SSL bus. I've been hitting it pretty hard so i was curio9us if i should put the mix "gently" through the variable MU before hitting it harder with the SSL.

These two posts make sense. Of course, i realize every situation is different, but since I'm mostly working with just one artist, i can imagine finding a decent workflow situation.

Again, thanks for the feedback.
Old 23rd August 2007
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A famous client of mine uses the SSL comp in the console first, but gently, then goes into the Vari-Mu for heavier compression before going to a GML 8200 for EQ. This is his final mix chain before it goes to the ME.

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