t-racks is ok for fast and good sounding mastering … but you get better results with the waves plugins … and you need to know what you are doing!!! … there is still no one-click-professional-mastering-software
I always do 3 different masterings: T-racks, Ozone and Waves plug-ins. As Alexander said, the Waves plug ins set is not very easy to use because if you don’t know what you’re doing you can destroy your mix.
Ozone is easier to understand than T-Racks, and you can get good results with both of them.
If you’re going to use T-Racks and you don’t know anything about mastering, try its presets, then change some parameters and see/hear what happens. It will allow you to understand how it works (this is pointed expecially to its compressor, which is not “threshold based”…)
Btw, mastering is not a science, is an art, so don’t follow fixed rules and trust your ears…
I have long time expirience with both T-racks and Ozone mastering equipment… It was good for me untill i faced necessity to make more effective and professional mastering…
Now i vote for customly created and adjusted plugin chain (i create it in Sound Forge internal chainer). It’s useful cause you can create your own chain for any mastering case, to process any material… (and save it as preset)
Usually i use :
Waves X-Hum (to reduce low-rumble and stabilize DC-offset)
I guess this is true, if you could produce the massive amounts of money you need to fork up for their stuff.
Just L1 Ultramaximizer costs around $300.
the C4 Multiband Compressor adds a whopping $400 to the shopping bill.
In case you feel like your lucky pants are on, dish up some $3800 for the Diamond bundle and your all set
I think for the ‘home’ users, stick to some o that cheaper, still good stuff, like Voxengo. Try out the Soniformer… Sure, it’s not 4-channel multiband compression but I’m quite sure you’ll feel goot about it costing you 50-60 bucks instead of those 400 ones.
I remember back in the FastTracker days when I didn’t even care about mastering or anything, just render the song to .wav, encode to .mp3 and that was it…
Now that I’ve got Renoise, the outcome sounds so much better that it’d almost be an insult towards the software not to do your best to optimize the quality of the track! Now i’ve got to face Compressors, limiters, EQs, multiband this and that…
But I guess that’s also because all of the new opportunities and features that popped up in Renoise. It was a, well, LARGE leap from FastTracker.
But i guess that’s what’s cool about music right, you can always learn something new.
Edit: And of course you can always get better at it.
Hey dudes… have you ever tried Cool Edit Pro 2.1? (now its name is Adobe Audition 1.0) it supports many multitrack features, along with compressors, equalizer, pan/vol effects, effect chains, etc… It’s very cool as the name says, and I’ve been using it for almost five years, doing its job very nicely!
I have used T-Racks for about 2 years and found it very good software mastering program. I use almost all stuff but mostly EQ and compressor. Most of my tracks are mastered with it. Only the latest album has been mastered in studio. I can recommend it to you. It’s also fast to learn and easy to use.