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Old 7th May 2006
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Bob Olhsson's Avatar

When used on an entire mix, "character" gear reduces the contrast between elements. Sometimes that's called for but other times there may not be enough contrast resulting in the "character" piece just mucking things up unless you have control over the separate elements of your mix. For this reason stuff that's absolutely the greatest 2 buss processing for mixing often really sucks for mastering.

You can think of this a lot like color filters. When shooting, a filter over the lens combined with different ones over each light can create a wonderful effect. When printing, the same filter over the enlarger lens would be useless because you don't have control of the filters over the lights.