I suggest you check out the Waves Maserati collection, simply amazing! http://www.waves.com/Content.aspx?id=8873 You can download a demo so you can try them out first. They’re a bit pricey but well worth the investment.
I have the Waves Maserati collection, I can verify it’s quality. Some pretty damn useful tools in there. One of my recent tracks (not approved yet) used the Maserati drum, and maserati bass plugins.
IMHO near every good brand compressors and limiters are useful when you set it well Personally I prefer PSP Audio compressors and limiters. I use also Sonitus multiband and sometimes T-racks 1 or Adobe Audition dynamics in SFX processing.
I usually use Cytomic The Glue compressor on drum section and on master bus. It sounds nice and there is very usefull dry/wet function for parallel compression in it. Its not expensive, and also you can download 14 days trial version from cytomic.com/glue.
For final master limiter I prefer Sonnox Limiter, it helps to make mix loud and clean.
Mhm … I don’t think that what compressor you using it’s more about how you doing it and how properly you balance your mix before it gets to stage of mastering.
I’m tend to use compressors on individual tracks or groups – i.e. kick and bass but you need to move forward bass in fraction of the second. Then rest of drums + snare on separate compressor and at the stage of master I’m just using PSP vintage warmer with eq before that.
Fabfilter plugins are very good.
TubeSaturator (or Vintage Warmer2) + Fabfilter plugs is all you need!
Less is more in plugins.
Well, I would recommend to use different ways of loudness maximisation depending on the genre of music. You don’t need a waves L3 for jazz or chill out music at all….sometimes it is useful to use analogue outboard also and above all the waves plugins I would recommend ozone 5 for the beginning.
george yohng w1 limiter
Ive been using waves stuff for years. The new Chris Lord Alge collection from waves is OUTSTANDING ! especially the LA3A emulation.