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.
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 emulation | Fabfilter Pro-C 2 | SPL Iron
May be enabled for different but very specific purposes. The VSM-3 is an incredible distortion unit that have « saved » more than one project.
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.
The perfect blend between precision & musicality.
With the addition of various bells & whistles making this EQ particularly useful when it comes to subtle final shaping, especially for some « boosts ».
Sonnox Oxford Limiter
When needed for a first limiting stage with its high-end, musical and source respectful limiter. I’ll often use the « magic » enhance fader a tiny bit for a final subtle lift if needed.
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.
(Pro Q-3, Pro C-2, Pro-MB, Saturn 2, Pro L-2…)
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.
Brainworx bx_limiter True Peak
One of the newest and best true peak limiter on the market.
It is incredibly versatile and most of the time able to handle the full limiting job. Therefore bypassing the need for a first limiting stage. Of course it always depends on the source material needs.
Brainworx bx_digital V3
Iconic Brainworx product offering in-depth monitoring options allowing for more precise work while still delivering high-quality processing.
Enabled & tweaked if Mid/Sides tonal processing is needed.
BBAD HG-2 & HG-2 MS
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. Now mostly using the new MS version that brings a few extra features for even more precise/versatile distortion.
Anything that might be needed...
It always comes down to what you are hearing & feeling and there is no perfect processing chain or magic recipe that you could apply to everything… Therefore, you just need to know your tools and when to use them or actually not to !
At least, that’s my vision.
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_limiter True Peak
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 1 – Sennheiser HD-25
Headphones 2 – Beyerdynamics DT770 Pro
PostProduction Controller – Presonus Faderport 8
PostProduction Controller – Kenton Killamix
Production Controller – Ableton Push
Production Controller – Arturia Keystep
Poylyphonic Analogue Synth – Korg Minilogue xd
Analogue Synth – Moog Theremin Etherwave +
Analogue Synth – TB-303 clone
Mic – Slate Digital ML-2
Power Supply – Furman PL-Pro C
Display 1 – Viewsonic VX3276-MHD 32 »
Display 2 – Acer T232HL (Touchscreen)
Analog Professional Mixer – Allen & Heath Xone92
Dj Controllers – NI X1 mkII x2
Dj Audio Interface – NI Traktor Audio 10
Custom Acoustic Treatment
FEEDBACK, ANSWERS, HELP WITH TROUBLESHOOTING
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