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Which is the best mastering compressor plugin ?
Old 17th May 2012
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Which is the best mastering compressor plugin ?
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Old 20th December 2012
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The Glue

2nd choice: Klanghelm DC8C or Elysia Alpha
Old 23rd December 2012
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Great discussion! I really like the elysia alpha and brainworx vertigo vsc 2. Have some of the options others have mentioned, but I usually reach for one of these first.
Old 23rd December 2012
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I've become a recent convert to Paul Frindle's Dynamic Spectrum Mapper...

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It's a new concept instead of an emulation of something old. It is brilliant in its concept and application. It's also on sale now at Plugin Alliance. I use it on individual tracks too.

Check out his video...

http://vimeo.com/2365432

BTW, Paul Frindle was the lead designer on the SSL boards and the Sony Oxford digital console. He mentioned in a thread here that, knowing what he knows, he would never use a lot of the old SSL stuff, like the buss comp.
Old 23rd December 2012
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I often like T-Racks 1. there's 4 devices in that though but, they all work very well together. when problems arise in one compressor you can often counteract it with the other compressor or a little of it's EQ. to the point where you don't really hear any extra EQ but some mid or top might dynamically bloom and keep the compressor open just long enough to bring something to life in a very musical way.
Old 23rd December 2012
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The Dynamic spectrum mapper is really innovative and useful!
Old 24th December 2012
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My glue compressor for mastering is the Waves PuigChild 670!
Old 26th December 2012
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DSM and Alpha Compressor

This Dynamic Spectrum Mapper is a pretty crazy device after having watched the videos! Will have to try. I'm wary of "fix-all" devices (vocal rider et al). At the least, as a de-esser, DSM seems very powerful and as new/diff. as it seems to be, definitely warrants a good working over. Considering the source it can't be easily dismissed.

As for the SW compressors, I've grown to love the Alpha comp in a mastering context, for numerous reasons. Sidechain HP control is often crucial. M/S dynamics are extremely helpful when dealing nasty transients-snares, harsh vocals for ex. Parallel mix capability is major. It does nice-and-easy, and crushing, equally well. Up and down compression, too. The oversampling continues to surprise when picking up gain, pre-brickwall.
Much as I'd like to ditch (and do when I can) brickwall, it's comforting to get good average volumes up w/out having to rely on the limiter.
As for SW limiters I tend to go with the UA Precision for more open, acoustic work, the Pro-L for more dense applications.

Highly recommended, the Alpha comp, though it takes some time to get comfortable with, imo.

Cheers!

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I've become a recent convert to Paul Frindle's Dynamic Spectrum Mapper...

Pro Audio DSP - Professional Audio Plugins - Audio Units, Pro Tools and VST for Mac and PC

It's a new concept instead of an emulation of something old. It is brilliant in its concept and application. It's also on sale now at Plugin Alliance. I use it on individual tracks too.

Check out his video...

Dynamic Spectrum Mapper introduction on Vimeo

BTW, Paul Frindle was the lead designer on the SSL boards and the Sony Oxford digital console. He mentioned in a thread here that, knowing what he knows, he would never use a lot of the old SSL stuff, like the buss comp.
Old 26th December 2012
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The DSM takes a bit to wrap your head around setting up the profile, but after that it's straight forward. Go to presets and use the startup preset. It's exaggerated but it's used to set the profile for the loudest part of the song. Then save the profile and setup the comp like a regular comp and load the profile. He explains it in the video.

I recently replaced the UAD Precision Limiter with the Flux Elixir and it is much more transparent and clean/clear, which benefits my music much more.
Old 8th September 2014
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Favorite Mastering Compressor Plugin

Although there are great plugin which have been mentioned in this thread, I recommend the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor (UAD preferred). Once you use it its pretty hard to stay away from it

I also love the PSP Vintage Warmer lots of great attitude, character, and warmth!

Enjoy making music!
Old 9th September 2014
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+1 Cytomic's The Glue
Old 9th September 2014
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Old 11th September 2014
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I got some pretty invisible results with Tim Petherick's latest Nebula release, the Summit Audio TLA-100A compressor program. Not sure how accurate it is compared to the hardware but suffice to say that in Nebula form it's ridiculously transparent when used gently. Very nice indeed! Highly recommended for all Nebula users.
Old 11th September 2014
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I got some pretty invisible results with Tim Petherick's latest Nebula release, the Summit Audio TLA-100A compressor program. Not sure how accurate it is compared to the hardware but suffice to say that in Nebula form it's ridiculously transparent when used gently. Very nice indeed! Highly recommended for all Nebula users.
Old 14th October 2014
  #105
Logic comp
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The glue
The 3 have very nice sound and don't destroy the spectrum when well set up.
Old 14th October 2014
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Logic comp
Api2500
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The 3 have very nice sound and don't destroy the spectrum when well set up.
Old 14th October 2014
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I recently purchased a license for the Sonoris Mastering Compressor and it's even better than I remember from demoing it. I own a couple of very nice hardware compressors but the Sonoris has seen a fair bit of use since I purchased it. In feedback mode it really is more transparent than anything else I've ever heard, hardware or software.

Of course, transparency isn't always the ultimate goal, but when it is I've found the Sonoris to be an excellent tool.
Old 5th February 2016
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It's 2016, what everyone's favorite mastering compressor plug-in?

My go-to (for pop and rock) is the SSL Duende Buss Comp.

I'm looking to add one more to my arsenal, any recommendations?
Old 5th February 2016
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Hard to go wrong with Tokyo Dawn Labs Kotelnikov. Try out the free version and then consider buying the modestly priced but excellent GE version. The extra features are definitely worth it if you do a fair bit of mastering

Cheers

Conundra

Last edited by Conundra; 5th February 2016 at 11:58 PM.. Reason: Typo
Old 6th February 2016
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Hard to go wrong with Tokyo Dawn Labs Kotelnikov. Try out the free version and then consider buying the modestly priced but excellent GE version. The extra features are definitely worth it if you do a fair bit of mastering

Cheers

Conundra
Absolutely agree, the Kotelnikov GE is VERY clean with great features for mastering.

The Mastering Mode in Fab Filters Pro-C 2 is really nice too.
That is a new mode, not in Pro-C.
Really transparent compression if that is what you are after.
Old 6th February 2016
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[QUOTE=Conundra;11682676]Hard to go wrong with Tokyo Dawn Labs Kotelnikov. Try out the free version and then consider buying the modestly priced but excellent GE version. The extra features are definitely worth it if you do a fair bit of mastering /QUOTE]

Thanks for the tip! I wasn't familiar with that one. Just installed and playing with it, seems really nice.
Old 6th February 2016
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Kotelnikov GE
Old 14th February 2016
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i like the SG-X....
Old 14th February 2016
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Flux Solera
Old 15th February 2016
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My new mastering go-to compressor plugins are kotelnikov for trasparent macrodynamic process and/or molot with parallel for microdynamic.
But as usual, it's first a matter of taste.
Old 16th February 2016
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For a transparent sound, i like to use the FG Comp. A compressor that comes with slate digital limiter FG X.
Old 16th February 2016
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For a transparent sound, i like to use the FG Comp. A compressor that comes with slate digital limiter FG X.
This one is very underrated actually, and an amazing compressor plugin. Very very close to a (slow) hardware comp behavior. I guess everybody just looked at the limiter to see "how loud it could go before alteration", but IMO this compressor is worth the plugin price alone.
Old 16th February 2016
  #118
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Yeah I totally agree. Sometimes, i just bypass the limiter and only use this comp!
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