Elliott Sebag -Studio Setup
MASTERING GEAR INSIGHTS
This is a non-exhaustive list of the tools I mainly use when mastering at this time.
As anything in life, it will evolve and I will publish major updates in the future.
The role of this blueprint is to introduce you, artists whom I may be working with,
to my mindset of audio processing when it comes to mastering and audio quality.
Each tool was carefully selected for specific reasons.
It is important to note that they won’t be all enabled, only some of them when needed.
Dangerous BAX EQ
For its smooth, accurate and musical sounding Low/High frequency cut filters as well as Infrasonic rumble reduction. Eliminating it dramatically increases low end clarity and punch while allowing higher maximum levels on any playback device.
Brainworx bx_digital V3
Iconic Brainworx product offering in-depth monitoring options allowing more precise work while delivering high-quality processing.
Enabled & tweaked if Mid/Sides tonal processing is needed.
Chandler Lmtd. Curve Bender
For its subtle yet so musical sounding curves. I will use this unit in M/S mode to refine some frequencies areas to sublime the track when required.
Sonnox Oxford Limiter
First limiting stage with this high-end musical and source respectful limiter. I’ll often use the « magic » enhance fader.
Enabled when needed for its efficient Sub / Air bands.
For its quality of processing, polyvalence and ease of use, Fabfilter Pro-MB is one of my favorite multiband compressors.
Enabled & tweaked when in need to control, shape, tame or enhance the energy and/or dynamics of specific frequencies areas.
May be enabled for different purposes since this unit is particularly versatile… Just one of the best saturation tools existing in the world in my opinion.
Fabfilter Pro-L 2
Second limiting stage with Pro-L2 in True Peaks limiting, Safe mode, and highest oversampling.
Dither is also done at this stage when needed, 24 Bits or 16 Bits following release format, Optimized curve.
Master EQ 432
For its level of sonic excellence, superior transient response, almost non measurable non-linearities and extremely low distortion together with some perceivable “magic” in the circuit design.
For its tightness and precision over all, it brings a really great glue feeling without destroying anything and may help to manage the low-end better following the sidechain settings.
That being said, i’m not settled with it… I will often use other alternatives when they might work better or when in need of a different/more noticeable color. Such as: Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Class-A | Manley Variable MU | Fabfilter Pro-C 2 | SPL Iron
Black Box Analog Design HG-2
Enabled when some tube saturation/color is needed. It allows not only to make tracks sound richer and fuller but also make them sound louder, bigger and punchier without raising the actual level.
Fabfilter Pro-Q 3
One of the best and most transparent stereo natural phase equalizer.
Enabled & tweaked if tonal processing is needed, eventually using dynamic EQ feature when it is ideal.
Words are still missing for this one, it arrived in the chain recently and blew my mind away. I’ll update this after a bit more time with it!
Fabfilter Saturn 2
The new update of already incredible multiband saturation tool from Fabfilter has also arrived only recently in the chain. I’ll update this after a bit more time with it. The new Transformers modes are pretty cool!
FULL STUDIO SETUP LIST
DAWs & Standalone Softwares
ACME Audio :
STD-1 Stereo Tapped Delay
V Collection 7
Black Box Analog Design :
bx_townhouse Buss Compressor
bx_console Focusrite SC
bx_console SSL 4000 E
bx_console SSL 4000 G
bx_cleanweep Pro (+V2)
bx_rockrack V3 (+Player)
Chandler Limited :
Curve bender Mastering EQ (native)
DS Audio :
Saturn / Saturn 2
Fiedler Audio :
Fuchs Amps :
Overdrive Supreme 50
Gig Performer :
Gig Performer 3 (PA Edition)
Lindell Audio :
Maag Audio :
Purple Audio :
Shadow Hills :
Mastering Compressor Class-A
Transient Designer Plus
EQ Ranger Plus
Oxford Limiter V3
Oxford Inflator V3
Vocal Doubler (Widen+Thicken)
IK Multimedia :
TR5 Stealth Limiter
TR5 Master EQ-432
TR5 White 2A
TR5 British Channel
TR5 Quad Limiter
TR5 Quad Compressor
TR5 Mic Room
Syntronik (18 sample based classic synths emulations)
RX 7 standard
Ozone 8 standard
Neutron 2 elements
Nectar 2 elements
Nugen Audio :
Slate Digital :
Virtual Mix Rack
Virtual Mic System: Classic Collection (18 mics emulations)
Unfiltered Audio :
The Tube P1B (Fat channel comp)
VT1 EQ (Fat channel)
VT1 Comp (Fat channel)
RC500 EQ (Fat channel)
RC500 Comp (Fat channel)
Abbey Road plate Reverb
Applied Acoustics Systems :
Ultra Analog Session 2
Lounge Lizard Session 4
Strum Session 2
+ Live 10 Suite stock plugins + All Packs + Users shared M4Live patchs
+ Studio One 4 Professional stock plugins + All Packs
+ Over 50 Freewares & more… My favorites freewares are listed here
Main Workstation (Selfbuilt & Audio Optimised):
CPU – Intel I7 8700k
RAM – 32Gb ddr4 3200mhz
GPU – MSI GTX 1060 GX 6gb
OS Drive – 500 Gb SSD
Audio Drive – 500 Gb SSD
Data Storage – 1 Tb SSHD
(+ External backups local & remote, over 8Tb)
OS – Windows 10 Pro
Cooling – Be Quiet
Power Supply – Be Quiet 750w 80PLUS Gold
Laptop – Asus ROG GL553VD
Audio Interface – MOTU M4
Monitor Controller – Drawmer CMC2
Speakers – Presonus Sceptres S8
Headphones – Sennheiser hd 25
Headphones 2 – Pioneer HDJ-500
PostProduction Controller – Presonus Faderport 8
PostProduction repurposed Controller – NI X1 mkII
Production Controller – Ableton Push
Production Controller – Arturia Keystep
Poylyphonic Analogue Synth – Korg Minilogue xd
Analogue Synth – Moog Theremin Etherwave +
Digital Synth – PO-28
Digital Synth – PO-14
Mic – Slate Digital ML-2
Power Supply – Furman PL-Pro C
Display 1 – LG MP59G-P
Display 2 – Acer T232HL (Touchscreen)
Dj Mixer – Allen & Heath Xone92
Dj Controllers – NI X1 mk2 x2
Dj Audio Interface – NI Traktor Audio 10
Custom Acoustic Treatment
FEEDBACK, ANSWERS, HELP WITH TROUBLESHOOTING
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