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Old 05-30-2006, 10:49 PM
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Default mastering plugs other than waves

I am sure this has been covered...but what are popular mastering plugs other than the waves L2/L3?
Like the L3, but am looking for a non-wup replacement for further down the road.

thanks for any suggestions

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Old 05-30-2006, 11:15 PM
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Default Re: mastering plugs other than waves

To replace the L2, you might want try the Sony Oxford Limiter. Higher up the price scale, you should check out the TC MD3 as a alternative to the L3. If you don't necessarily need a TDM plugin, the Izotope Ozone is a good one to try.
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Old 05-31-2006, 05:44 AM
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Izotope Ozone
In PT's 7.1cs7 and in Waveburner it's been a very clean plug-in.
At first it's easy to get carried away but once your aware of it's power and keep to subtle changes...well it's quite good.

Note:
1. it was a dog on a G4 dual 1, but a G5 dual 2.7 it's as it should be.

2. Not yet optimized for 7 but indications are that this will be coming.
(Still it works fine as a RTAS on the Master)

Try the demo! Ozone 3
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Old 05-31-2006, 10:19 AM
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Default Re: mastering plugs other than waves

Just used Ozone to master a CD project for the first time. Have been using the Waves plugs but decided to try Ozone out since many have been pleased with its results. I was pleasantly surprised how clean it sounded. I A/B'd it to my previous mastered projects using the L3 but for this price and sonic quality, I was very happy. Used in moderation, one can produce a masterpiece with this intuitive and nicely priced alternative. Yes, give it a try for free and post back.
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Old 05-31-2006, 01:11 PM
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DAWG - u Gotta get this one


MD3 from TC ELECTRONIC - just tried it and it beats the living SHYT out a the rest out there)))
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Old 06-05-2006, 09:19 AM
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Haven't tried the TC plug, but I've been extremely pleased with the Oxford Limiter and haven't used the L2/L3 since I got it.
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Old 06-05-2006, 11:31 AM
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Hello,
I've just downloaded this one:

http://www.masseyplugins.com/L2007.html

and played around with it. Sounded very clean compared to the L1.
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Old 06-05-2006, 12:42 PM
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Default Re: mastering plugs other than waves

The real question is what you expect from the "mastering" process

If you need something quite loud, big, sweet and in your face (95 % of pop today), then it will depend *a lot* on the source mix.

1 - If the mix (notice the number of ifs...;-) ) is good for that purpose, ie if the dynamics of each ingredient in the mix are 100% under control and the frequencies (notably bass freqs ) in each track have been dealt with correctly, then a little eq (if needed) + maybe a good compressor to cheat a little on the transients, and to finish a brickwall limiter (L2, Sony limiter) should be enough

2- if on the other hand the mix is, well, a little sketchy and need serious pumping up to be able to stand comparison to well known stuff on an average A&R man bad sound system, or sound like FM radio, then you need heavy multiband artillery stuff like L3, TC etc.
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Old 06-05-2006, 02:53 PM
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Quote:
Hello,
I've just downloaded this one:

http://www.masseyplugins.com/L2007.html

and played around with it. Sounded very clean compared to the L1.
Detlef.
Awesome! ...and cheap!

I just tried it too, and I thought it sounded so much like L2 that I tried mastering the same song twice, once with L2 and once with Massey's L2007 with the same settings. Imported them into a new file, flipped the phase on one and got...almost silence!
I know that doesn't necessarily prove much, but given the disparity in price, it's definitely worth noting.

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