John Scott G

John Scott G, an admitted word nerd, writes books, plays, screenplays, and political commentary. Author of "Area Code 666," "Secret Sex," and "Ambient Deviant Speedmetal Polka," Mr. G also writes under the pseudonym Gerald Laurence. Every day he happily rubs a few phrases up against each other to create sparks in your brain. You're welcome.

3 Comments

  1. Carl Glez
    Feb 8, 2011 @ 3:36 AM PST

    This is crap, of course He will not tell you that a Waves or Izotope mastering plugins are as good as whatever tube/solidstate/algorithm he have,haha.But you now what?, some of these plugins are as good or better than lots of classic analog gear(just compare vintage mastering with moder era remasterings), and lost of professional engineers use them daily in pro grade radio ready music, of course, its not just about he plug-ins or whatever the hardware you have, its about the knowledge and experience of the engineer or music producer, its about how you use it, thats the trick!

  2. larmehlhorn
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 1:41 AM PDT

    There is some good digital plugins getting close to perfection, The White mastering amp plugin combined with the L3 waves will give good results when first the music is eq with Harbal. 2.3 By doing this your guarenteed good accurate results. Also the Ik Multimeadia Tracks deluxs has a good sounding Pultec eq, sounds better than the waves model and better than the nomad factory has a windy air to it.
    Combining proper Stereo imaging is vital in getting a good master, there is a plugins that will set the stereo image automatically placing everything where it should be in the mix, Also a tape simulation plugin is a must, waves has one and nomad factor that will produce good results, Noise reduction is essential as step one, Waves x or Z noise will do good results, A mastering reverb can add the needed sheen to the high end frequencies, Lexicon PCM has one of the best digital reverbs on the market, this is needed to add air to the high end frequencies, adding this reverb to anything below 250 khz will only muddy your sound, its really a finishing touch on the higher end frequencies, there is a q in most reverb that can be set to cut the frequencies or boost the frequencies although cutting is essential everything below a minimum of 250 khz.

    By adding this setup your guarenteed good results.
    Waves z noise plugin
    Waves tapes simulation plugin
    Stereo image plugin such as redline or ozone

    Ikmultimedia Pultec eq
    Lexicon PCM reverb to eveything above 3 – 8 khz cutting everything below 3khz
    White matering amp plugin
    Tracks Opto compressor limiter or the waves L3

    Thats my digital setup although I do aggree that tube hardware compression will produce a more brillient sound
    You could use everything and add tube hardware compression in place of the white amp digital plugin and add tube limiter hardware in place of the L3 that would produce good results close to high end, although the vital step is to take your mix into harbal 2.3 and match the q curve of your favorite music and then master the sound, that way your mix and master will be in line with commericial masters.

    Mixing
    Anything by waves although the JJP Collection and Massarati collection by waves will produce commercial results, remember the master can only do so much the mix has to be in, these two plugins will get a sound in the ballpark.

    Also re delay and reverb
    Crystilizer by sound toys – best delay.
    Lexicon PCM – best reverb
    Nothing else will conpare.

    Masarrati drums in the mix
    and anything by JJP from waves will get everything sounding in there.

    Although hardware reverb and delay that is tube driven may produce better cleaner results.

    Laurence

  3. soundson
    Jul 26, 2011 @ 1:18 PM PDT

    good job larmehlhorn.you got straight to the point without all the bullsh– i just want to get the job done. not some one saying i need state of the art hardware to have good sounding music.notice i said good sounding music not perfect sounding music