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Re: New blog post: In Defence of "In the Box" Mastering
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2014, 01:46:20 am »

Yeah, I liked the honesty in the write.
It wasn't condoning one or the other, if at all. Good job mate.

Personally, my point has always been; If you use plugins (and they are getting really good lately) then, that's a good point to start training your ears and mind .. as they simulate the real world stuff, which you will encounter sooner, rather than later. Just learn learn learn - read read read - apply apply apply ... the more you understand how things work and why things happen when? Then, it's all fantastic knowledge awaiting that encounter with the real boxes of the plugin simulations or otherwise. Plus, just understanding each tool in a software form, is gearing you up for the boxes - and what they can do, can't do or how far you can push an approach. If anything, you'll learn the tolerances between the two mediums and that's an important aspect. As a mastering engineer, keeping the signal clean and avoiding unintended coloration, is mighty important.

Also, if you've noticed, a lot of Big/Good engineers, all use plugins at some point and some even daily in their chain. It's the way of the new world! My suggestion is, gain knowledge first, then throw the book away and start tinkering with active thought provoking tangents.

Remember: there are no rules, just intelligent approaches. Get humble - listen and learn first ... and as you grow, the gear will follow.


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Re: New blog post: In Defence of "In the Box" Mastering
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2014, 03:09:23 am »

The above statement, this is a great value for me and many people here.

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Re: New blog post: In Defence of "In the Box" Mastering
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2014, 12:31:37 pm »

"and as you grow, the gear will follow."

I experienced the contrary. I was pretty much an ´analogue fascist´, and after 10 years of engineering (and starting with gear like Thermionic Culture, Focusrite red, Universal Audio and such), I am using plug-ins as much as never before.
my opinion:
it´s not a quality thing, I did compare the emulations (plug-ins as well as digital outboard like the Liquid Channel) to ´the real thing´, even wrote a diploma work about that (practical approach) and yes, the analogue boxes always were ´better´. but, you never use just one EQ or one comp. the question is not what´s better. but if a chain of good VSTs can or can´t do something. all I can say is that I recently mixed and mastered the best album release in my engineering time, and that was without leaving the box after recording again.
now I´ll read the surely interesting article.
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Re: New blog post: In Defence of "In the Box" Mastering
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2015, 06:38:47 am »

My mentor always has maintained that clients are coming to you for your expertise and not for the equipment you use. He also says that the clients assume that if you are in business that you are using the proper tools for the job. I still use my outboard dbx Quantum and my Weiss EQ1 MKII but more and more I use various carefully chosen Plugins for mastering. The two biggest reasons are that there are some things a plugin can do that a outboard piece of equipment cannot do (RX4) and I can save the presets in WL so I can redo the mastering at some future date and e sure that all my settings were exactly as I left them.

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Re: New blog post: In Defence of "In the Box" Mastering
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2015, 11:29:48 am »

Unless the program source is analog tape, I don't see much benefit to an extra round through the ADC and DAC's just to inject a piece of analog equipment. I use PCM4222 and PCM1704 and PCM1794 here, as good as they are, they arn't that good compared to not using and extra round.
YMMV.
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Re: New blog post: In Defence of "In the Box" Mastering
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2017, 09:27:31 am »

Cool! I liked that. Seems like it took much effort to write this topic. But it was worth it!
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Re: New blog post: In Defence of "In the Box" Mastering
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2017, 08:10:29 am »

Yeah, I liked the honesty in the write.
It wasn't condoning one or the other, if at all. Good job mate.

Personally, my point has always been; If you use plugins (and they are getting really good lately) then, that's a good point to start training your ears and mind .. as they simulate the real world stuff, which you will encounter sooner, rather than later. Just learn learn learn - read read read - apply apply apply ... the more you understand how things work and why things happen when? Then, it's all fantastic knowledge awaiting that encounter with the real boxes of the plugin simulations or otherwise. Plus, just understanding each tool in a software form, is gearing you up for the boxes - and what they can do, can't do or how far you can push an approach. If anything, you'll learn the tolerances between the two mediums and that's an important aspect. As a mastering engineer, keeping the signal clean and avoiding unintended coloration, is mighty important.

Also, if you've noticed, a lot of Big/Good engineers, all use plugins at some point and some even daily in their chain. It's the way of the new world! My suggestion is, gain knowledge first, then throw the book away and start tinkering with active thought provoking tangents.

Remember: there are no rules, just intelligent approaches. Get humble - listen and learn first ... and as you grow, the gear will follow.


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Sorry for the very late reply.

Thanks for the kind words.

I still find the idea that analogue gear will inevitably result an odd one.

I think the era of big name ITB only mastering is soon coming.

We know for a fact DIGITAL only mastering has been around for a loooooong time.

I say this as someone who is sitting in front of loads of analogue gear right now!
Thanks for the reply :)
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Re: New blog post: In Defence of "In the Box" Mastering
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2017, 08:11:50 am »

"and as you grow, the gear will follow."

I experienced the contrary. I was pretty much an ´analogue fascist´, and after 10 years of engineering (and starting with gear like Thermionic Culture, Focusrite red, Universal Audio and such), I am using plug-ins as much as never before.
my opinion:
it´s not a quality thing, I did compare the emulations (plug-ins as well as digital outboard like the Liquid Channel) to ´the real thing´, even wrote a diploma work about that (practical approach) and yes, the analogue boxes always were ´better´. but, you never use just one EQ or one comp. the question is not what´s better. but if a chain of good VSTs can or can´t do something. all I can say is that I recently mixed and mastered the best album release in my engineering time, and that was without leaving the box after recording again.
now I´ll read the surely interesting article.

Thanks for the reply, I think I know where your head is at here!
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Re: New blog post: In Defence of "In the Box" Mastering
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2017, 08:12:48 am »

Unless the program source is analog tape, I don't see much benefit to an extra round through the ADC and DAC's just to inject a piece of analog equipment. I use PCM4222 and PCM1704 and PCM1794 here, as good as they are, they arn't that good compared to not using and extra round.
YMMV.

Sure I battle with this a lot also.

Can I justify that loss for the sake of one band of EQ? really?
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