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Cut everything below......??? Equalizer Plugins
Old 2nd April 2010
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No probs chief

Personally I choose a HPF (or not) based on what it does to the rest of the stuff I am hearing, rather than trying to get little bits of headroom back. Generally saggy low ends often get better with MinPh, just chopping crap off the bottom is probably a LinPh job, but generally I leave it alone. Mind you, the Gyratec has a gentle built in roll off below about 50 or so, which can be just the ticket for saggy bottoms.

Then there's which HPF to use, another thing to consider, sometimes the UAD precision EQ (which gets a bad rep round here really) HPF is perfect, sometimes LP10's felxible shape and variable phase is the one... but usually it's nothing.

Horses for courses innit
Old 5th April 2010
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As with most things, this is a balancing act. But as a general rule, the shallower the filter, and the lower the resonance on it, the higher up you can have it without things sounding weird.

At 20 hz, you can go for a 48db/octave, or as close as you can get to a brick wall with your equipment without normally encountering any problems.

If you're going for something between 40-80, then a 12-24/db/octave one with a bit of resonance on the lowest notes can give you a tight, punchy low end.

Or if you want something a little unusual, a 6db/octave one can sometimes be put up to 200-500hz to really lighten up a muddy track, allowing you to get high perceived volume without the low end disappearing at some arbitrary point, and relatively little phase shift. As usual, it's a matter of figuring out what works best for an individual song.
Old 6th April 2010
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Originally Posted by mastertone View Post
Yes, there is no room for humour in mastering, i should know,
added a bongo track to some songs the other day, apparently not ok!?
ha !
Old 7th April 2010
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It´s up to the song, style.... but I wouldn´t say this is a rule, even more, I find myself adding one or two db in 48 Hz with my analog eq (when it´s necessary) a lot of times!!! This days of DAW the lows aren´t firm and punchy as before, so a good analog boost in lows (yes even in 40 or so) helps a lot.

Old 7th April 2010
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Originally Posted by Ben F View Post
Another mastering myth!

no shortage of these!
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