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    hey guys i was just wondering a few things about your finalizing process for your live sets and mixtapes especially.

    i understand some people prefer the dry mix sound with little to no processing afterwards and some people like to lay on compressors, limiters, tube warmers etc.

    i'm curious how you use compressors and limiters for this purpose, in particular what settings do you punch in?


    what are the best compressor,limiter and tube plug-ins for this purpose?


    thanks, much appreciated.

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    i just record it and convert the wav to mp3 for distribution, then i use mp3 gain to get the levels right. (i record at -4db or so)
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    The mastering software i use for production is Izotope Ozone, which is bloody amazing. They even had some great presets which dont take much tinkering generally.

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    I asked this same question not to long ago.

    http://djtechtools.com/forum/showthr...ost+processing
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    that was 6 months ago lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theory28 View Post
    that was 6 months ago lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by photojojo View Post
    I asked this same question not to long ago.

    http://djtechtools.com/forum/showthr...ost+processing


    the information i asked for is more specific than what was covered in that thread.

    not to mention half of it is bento and tekki going back and forth lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duerr View Post
    the information i asked for is more specific than what was covered in that thread.

    not to mention half of it is bento and tekki going back and forth lol.
    Very true.
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    i think every 6 months, a topic can be reposted without a 'use the search button' post.
    (this isnt a response to you photojojo, im just saying this should be an unwritten rule)
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    Assuming you play decent-quality released tracks (which have already been professionally mastered), your mix shouldn't require mastering. Compressing a mix can easily degrade the sound. Those are just my 2c, though, I'm not a mastering engineer or anything like that.

    Anyways, while mixing, you should keep the levels consistent by means of proper EQ and gain usage. Of course, you also want to record the mix as loud as possible. In practice, it will be difficult to attain those goals perfectly. Therefore, you can put a mild limiter on the master which hits at, say, -2 or -3db as a safety net. I use teh limiter included in Live 8.
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