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Slate - new products every month, still no FGX fix Dynamics Plugins
Old 3 weeks ago
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Yes, all of us have moved onto brighter pastures.
Fixed that for ya.
Old 3 weeks ago
  #212
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Fixed that for ya.
Haha
Old 3 weeks ago
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“Prince Charming, Prince Charming,
Ridicule is nothing to be scared of.”
Old 3 weeks ago
  #214
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Well the Slatebot himself has moved on to better pastures too....

But nevertheless... endless email about every other product and everything bundle hustle, if which I am a subscriber. It's a good deal but the fgx2 thing leaves a bad taste and I also just tried UAD's Distressor...

Oh dear.

Zz.
Old 2 weeks ago
  #215
I've read most of this thread and admit to having had a laugh or two at Steven's expense.

However in his defence, I have to say that the $14:99 per month "everything" bundle has been a total boon for me as an independent musician who has gotten serious about developing my production chops. About 2 years ago, I became completely frustrated trying to find a capable "producer" who could mix my ambient electro-acoustic instrumental music. As a last resort, (and I really do mean "last resort") I ended up doing it myself with Slate's everything bundle. People I showed it to were super impressed.

I then attempted to have this same music mastered and accordingly, sent it off to some mastering folks, to get a sample. What a disappointment that was. When you have the tracks come back with audible clipping on them you have to wonder what these guys are smoking. Again, I ended up having to master the tracks myself -- as a last resort. All told, I'm really happy with how it all turned out. I certainly couldn't have done it as economically as I did without Slate's everything bundle.

Anyway... Not here to kiss the Steven's @ss. Just telling you my honest opinion on Slate digital products. I have no affiliation with him and he doesn't know me from the proverbial bar of soap. Cheers!

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Old 2 weeks ago
  #216
BTW -- did anyone see this?

YouTube

NAMM sent their marching band past the Slate booth in the middle of a presentation...
Old 2 weeks ago
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About 2 years ago, I became completely frustrated trying to find a capable "producer" who could mix my ambient electro-acoustic instrumental music.
Should have hired a mix engineer as opposed to a producer to mix your music.

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I then attempted to have this same music mastered and accordingly, sent it off to some mastering folks, to get a sample. What a disappointment that was. When you have the tracks come back with audible clipping on them you have to wonder what these guys are smoking.
Then you unfortunately chose a bad mastering engineer.

I think I spend more time communicating and having a dialogue with my clients about what they're vision is and what sound they're after, than actually working on their masters.

It's both beneficial to you the client and to the engineer, as you'll spend less time futzing about and get exactly what you're after.

It's a shame that you had such a negative experience, but don't think we're all like that.
Old 2 weeks ago
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Then you unfortunately chose a bad mastering engineer.
Actually I tried three of them. The worst of the three was a guy working out of Abbey Road. When I wrote back and asked why there was clipping on the track, no reply! The best was a guy who advertised on here but when it came back I was convinced it wasn't anything I couldn't achieve myself.

I have no doubt there are amazing mix and mastering guys out there. I just don't happen to know any
Old 2 weeks ago
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I love the video, funny!

The best way I found was to send several mastering engineers a copyrighted song (yes, so they can't steal it) I mixed and it has to be the worst track out of the whole album. Then you see who has and who has not the skill. I don't accept the guy that wants to remix via "stem mastering" because after 35 years I know how to mix thank you. And the ones that request it are new, because they don't know how to master a low volume track. Its interesting what I get back at times when all they needed to do is to slam it into a limiter configured correctly. Out of the 6 I tried last, only Massive Mastering and Capital Mastering passed my test. of course, the mastering part is just one of several things in their mastering packages.
Old 2 weeks ago
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I don't accept the guy that wants to remix via "stem mastering" because after 35 years I know how to mix thank you. And the ones that request it are new, because they don't know how to master a low volume track. Its interesting what I get back at times when all they needed to do is to slam it into a limiter configured correctly. Out of the 6 I tried last, only Massive Mastering and Capital Mastering passed my test. of course, the mastering part is just one of several things in their mastering packages.
Great tips mate, thank you! Yeah as mentioned I tried three guys, one from Abbey Road, another guy who advertised on here (he was the best, just too "vanilla" for my tastes) and another ****** who shall remain nameless.

The "****** who shall remain nameless" had/has mastering packages on his website where he charges more for stem mastering, claiming it to be a "superior" product, with apparently more time spent on it.
Old 2 weeks ago
  #221
Wow... GS takes offence at the word d o u c h e ???
Old 2 weeks ago
  #222
Yeah it does! No luv for French hygiene!
Old 1 week ago
  #223
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Whats up with Mastering Engineers asking for stems???
WHY?
And...NO!

Why did I spend all that time mixing it, for you to mess with it??
These have to be young inexperienced people surely.
RED flag.
Old 1 week ago
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I use a guy that masters my stems. He cleans up my tracks and mixes to a reference mix. An experienced guy and a blessing to someone in a home studio. The results are very good and have been well received.
Old 1 week ago
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He cleans up my tracks...
What does that mean exactly? Cleans up your tracks how? Not sure about anyone else, but I would imagine that "cleaning up" would take place in the editing phase of a project ???
Old 1 week ago
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What does that mean exactly? Cleans up your tracks how? Not sure about anyone else, but I would imagine that "cleaning up" would take place in the editing phase of a project ???
Cleaning up can refer to frequencies and compression, too. Though, if he's sending stems, the ME could also be editing unwanted sound. In any case, mixing with stems isn't a terrible idea. It gives them more control.
Old 1 week ago
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What does that mean exactly? Cleans up your tracks how? Not sure about anyone else, but I would imagine that "cleaning up" would take place in the editing phase of a project ???
Yeah and that’s great if you have an ideal environment to record in. Did you miss the part where I mentioned home recording? He has much better equipment and ears/experience to balance tracks and clean up resonant frequencies etc. For nastiness he has more nuanced gating and filtering.

His equipment is far superior to mine and his sensibilities are different. Goes way beyond editing tracks.....
Old 1 week ago
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By the time FGX-2 come out it'll have the A.i to do all that stuff for you too I'm sure....

Zz.
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