I commented on the bus compression thread over there and would like to share a thought here as well. Every move you make, however slight and whether for better or for worse, can make a huge difference to the overall sound. You name it, it will make it sound better. While it allows for some psychedelic coloration of your sounds, it can never tone down the palette enough for my taste to invisibly bind a mix together. They also expanded its versatility with some additional controls for the modern era.
But also, this Studer tape plug does a lot to the bottom end as well. Simpler than getting bogged down in multi-band processing, and very useful for fast but precise tone sculpting. This breaks down the selection to twenty sought-after analog modeled compressor plugins from a variety of companies. They can be a little hard to read. As a touching parting gesture to the audio community that encouraged and supported him during his illness, he and Nomad Factory decided to make Bus Driver free to download, with the option of making a donation to help Nomad Factory continue on. One of the reasons it took so long to develop the plugin is that it was clearly a labour of love, with many different variable-mu tube compressor designs analysed in order to come up with up with a plugin that incorporates all of the best aspects and nuances. Official site, download and optional donation.
We'll be using the , an , the compressor, compressor, the phase corrector, and the to bring this session to life. This softens the transients of digital workstations and gives me a more pleasing high-end and cohesiveness to my mixes. Take the compressors on this list as a round-up of the best options available in 2016, try out the demos or full versions, in the case of the free plugins on the list and decide which will make it into your regular go-to collection. Moreover, Renaissance Compressor serves a sound that is fairly transparent but yet warm and present. Whats the point if a limiter is going to be used on the master buss? Waves L-1 Limiter The , again is another staple for me. After all, mixing can be a slow and tedious process. Mix buss processing is an exciting approach to the art of mixing, and one well worth delving into.
Primarily designed for use in stereo mode over the mix buss, the two channels can also be split to process two separate mono channels with a single comp setting. I keep a relatively fast attack and release at about 4:1, and just touch the input at around -1 or 2 db. For whatever reason, this is an aspect of the mix that people get badly wrong. There are basically two ways to use mix buss processing: at the beginning of your mix session, or at the end. I activated the demo of the Neve 33609. For this particular track we wound up boosting with a bell around 90Hz, making a big, wide-Q cut around 450Hz, and adding a significant boost with a high-shelf around 8kHz. I use plugins from other companies like , and even the good old.
I use the first compressor that comes to mind and usually lean towards compressors that are easy to set quickly. When I record drums, I actually favor the color of a squashed room mic to fill up the sound of the kit and use the direct mics as the tight definition of the sound the kush ubk or pusher work very well for this application too. Should I Put Limiters or Other Effects on the Mix Buss? Remember that Waves is just one company that offers great tools for mixing. Thanks so much, but you are still evil, evil people. I find that is better suited for an aggressive situation. If more people would also like to see Universal Audio plugins included, let me know here! Win win for me, for sure! We want it just to get more presence, more mass in the mix, I guess you can think.
Moreover, this plugin does an excellent job of subtly taming transients and adding punch to a drum bus while also imparting a colorful compression character. Ideal for more gentle compression in situations where super-smoothness counts for more than in-yer-face aggressive processing. The plugin, which accurately models the response of the analog circuitry found in the legendary console of the same name, is an excellent choice for mix buss compression. Snares have less low-end and longer tails than kick drums, so we used a faster attack time and slower release time. Finally, we added a little compression to help control the transients.
Every Move You Make…: Be Subtle! Sometimes I can go up to 10:1 depending on how wild the source is. This dynamics processor works great a thickening the mid-range, tightening and rounding out the lows, and letting the top sparkle. The more gentle you are the better it performs. In a pinch, you can tame your drums, or turn them into metal beasts with how hard it hits transients. In many genres dance and hip-hop being the main exceptions , you may not need those low lows at all. And the same a little bit with the Neve preamps; I use Waves Scheps 73, which is basically just a preamp and you can drive it a little bit. All of my drum compression happens individually on a drum by drum basis.
The bottom line is that there is no right or wrong. Waves PuigChild 670 Unlike most of the emulations and hardware-modelled plugin compressors on this list, the PuigChild 670 looks to a slightly earlier era for its inspiration. This plugin is clearly optimized for mastering duties of the kind of styles where supreme loudness is the goal — with a transparent sound and default controls set up for wringing just a few additional dBs from a mix, its not for beginners but it certainly delivers. Sonoris Mastering Compressor I admit, at first glance it looks about as exciting as a grey box with a smaller black box in it could look. The renowned Variable Mu is known for being a gold standard among mixing and mastering engineers. Model Mk1 is based on the very early variable mu design from the 50s and is the most colored of the three models.
There is something wrong with this plugin, I'm not sure what it is. You might not know his name but you definitely know his work Mary J Blige, Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, Stephen Marley and many more. Its smooth character coupled with its ability to be transparent or extremely colorful has made it a renowned workhorse limiter. I primarily listen to music. I liked your suggestion from another post about automating reverb levels id like to hear the example of that sax solo you mentioned! Developed under license from Solid State Logic.
What are Analog-Style Compressor Plugins? Stems can be a good option, especially for mixes made in smaller, sub-optimal rooms, but then you should either stick to compressing the individual stems, or bring your buss compressor to the mastering studio and check the levels of the converters while your at it! When Should I Process the Mix Buss? It seems I use a very different method to Machinated but for the same effect. Quit using whatever device is doing that!!! Sonalksis Über Compressor An unusual way to implement compression, the Uber Compressor is part of a series of similar one-knob effects by Sonalksis the others being the Creative Filter and Digital Grimebox, both also well worth a look. Really got a lot of out of this article. I use mine every day for transparent narration: no music to hide artefacts! Not necessarily, you can set the threshold on the compressor so only the loud obtrusive snare hits actually trigger the compression. After all, the mix stage provides the last opportunity to adjust balances and fix any problems with individual parts. The thrust detector can be used to control how aggressively the each frequency band is compressed, similar to a multi-band compressor.