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A little confused... Dynamics Processors (HW)
Old 3rd January 2011
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A little confused...

Hey all I have been working on several albums all of which at this point i'm very happy with an they are ready to be mastered. I know mastering is a huge topic so. Well here is my question. I know that it would be a great idea to send them off and have them proffesionally done but, i'm going to do it myself. I have several tools at my disposal and am definitely not knew to working with them. What i am doing right now is pulling up each session in PT HD 9. Running the whole track threw my dbx 162sl, then through a 7 band eq. Then into Waveburner and using the multi-band compressor in the software itself. I have levels all over the place though... Do I use a limiter? With the tools that I have listed what would be the proper signal chain to get a decent overall final mix?

dbx 162sl Stereo Compressor

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Old 3rd January 2011
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You use what you need. If you don't know what you need, no one can really tell you. Listen to the mix, do what the mix is asking you to do.

And if the mix is asking you to use maul-the-band compression, maybe revisit it and find out why...
Old 3rd January 2011
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From what you're saying and how you're saying it I think you should have a ME do it and save you a lot of time and trouble
Old 3rd January 2011
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On one side the experience of 'rolling your own' would doubtless be a good learning one for you, although it could take some time and the result may not necessarily be what you want. On the other, the cost of going to a reputable ME for a more assured result driven by you might be less than you'd think.

It's been said before, but when my toilet breaks I hire a plumber: the fact that some of the tools I own may be similar to his doesn't mean I have his skills.
Old 3rd January 2011
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If you want to DIY, research and reading can definitely help. Then spend time experimenting. I stay away from a "default" approach of using the same settings or sometimes gear on each song. Listen to what each song needs.
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