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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

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

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 Limited Curve Bender

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

Sonnox Oxford Limiter

First limiting stage with this high-end musical and source respectful limiter. I’ll often use the « magic » enhance fader.

MAAG EQ4

MAAG EQ4

Enabled when needed for its efficient Sub / Air bands.

Fabfilter Pro MB

Fabfilter Pro-MB

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.

Vertigo VSM-3

Vertigo VSM-3

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 L2

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

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.

Vertigo VSC-2

Vertigo VSC-2

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

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 Q3

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.

Amek EQ200

Amek EQ200

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

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!

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FULL STUDIO SETUP LIST

Plugins

ACME Audio :
Opticom XLA-3

ADA :
STD-1 Stereo Tapped Delay
Flanger

AMEK :
EQ 200

Ampeg :
B15N
V-4B
STVR3Pro
STVR

Arturia :
V Collection 7

Black Box Analog Design :
HG-2

Brainworx :
bx_digital V3
bx_subsynth
bx_saturation V2
bx_townhouse Buss Compressor
bx_2098 EQ
bx_console E
bx_console Focusrite SC
bx_console G
bx_console SSL 4000 E
bx_console SSL 4000 G
bx_console N
bx_bassdude
bx_blackdist2
bx_bluechorus
bx_cleanweep Pro (+V2)
bx_control V2
bx_delay 2500
bx_distorange
bx_greenscreammer
bx_limiter
bx_masterdesk
bx_megadual
bx_megasingle
bx_metal2
bx_oberhausen
bx_opto
bx_opto Pedal
bx_panEQ
bx_refinement
bx_rockrack V3 (+Player)
bx_shredspread
bx_stereomaker
bx_XL V2
bx_yellowdrive
bx_meter
bx_rooMS
bx_boom
bx_tuner
bx_subfilter
bx_solo
bx_cleansweep

Celemony :
Melodyne Assistant

Chandler Limited :
Curve bender Mastering EQ (native)
GAV19T

Diezel :
VH4

DS Audio :
Thorn V1.2

Elysia :
Alpha Compressor
Karacter
Mpressor
Museq
Niveau Filter
Nvelope
Phil’s Cascade

ENGL :
E646 VS
E765 RT

Fabfilter :
Pro-Q 3
Pro-C 2
Pro-MB
Pro-L 2
Pro-R
Saturn / Saturn 2

Fiedler Audio :
Stage

Fuchs Amps :
Overdrive Supreme 50
Train II

Gig Performer :
Gig Performer 3 (PA Edition)

Lindell Audio :
80 Series
254E
354E
6X-500
7X-500
ChannelX
PEX-500
TE-100

Maag Audio :
EQ2
EQ4
Magnum-K

Millennia :
NSEQ-2
TCL-2

Oeksound :
Soothe 2

ProAudioDSP :
DSM V3

Purple Audio :
MC77

Shadow Hills :
Mastering Compressor Class-A
Mastering Compressor

SPL :
Vitalizer Mk2-T
Iron
Passeq
HawkEye
Transient Designer Plus
Attacker Plus
De-Verb Plus
Mo-Verb Plus
EQ Ranger Plus
De-Essers
DrumXchanger
TwinTube

Sonnox :
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 EQ-81
TR5 Dyna-Mu
TR5 Quad Limiter
TR5 Quad Compressor
TR5 EQP-1-A
TR5 De-Esser
TR5 Mic Room
Syntronik (18 sample based classic synths emulations)

Izotope :
RX 7 standard
Ozone 8 standard
Neutron 2 elements
Nectar 2 elements
Neutrino
Vocal Doubler

Nugen Audio :
MasterCheck Pro

Sennheiser :
Ambeo Orbit

Soundtoys :
Little Plate
Little Radiator

Slate Digital :
Virtual Mix Rack
Virtual Mic System: Classic Collection (18 mics emulations)

Unfiltered Audio :
BYOME
Dent 2
Fault
G8
Indent 2
Instant Delay
Sandman Pro
SpecOps
TRIAD
Zip
LION (Synth)

Presonus :
The Tube P1B (Fat channel comp)
VT1 EQ (Fat channel)
VT1 Comp (Fat channel)
RC500 EQ (Fat channel)
RC500 Comp (Fat channel)
VU Meter

Vertigo :
VSC-2
VSM-3

Waves :
Abbey Road plate Reverb
Smack Attack
Sibilance
H-Comp
Berzerk Distortion
OneKnob Wetter

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

Hardware

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
OS – Windows 10 Pro
Cooling – Be Quiet
Power Supply – Be Quiet 750w 80PLUS Gold

Laptop – Asus ROG GL553VD

Audio InterfaceMOTU M4

Speakers – Presonus Sceptres S8

Headphones – Sennheiser hd 25

Headphones 2 – Pioneer HDJ-500

Wiring – Mogami gold plated professional balanced cables

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 SynthPO-14

MicSlate Digital ML-2

Power SupplyFurman 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

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