Wow ... I continue to be so impressed with this MFC console
I've been mastering a live dixieland performance [some really great musicians too].
It was recorded straight to digital with a handheld recorder. The levels were good ... except was tracked at 16-bit
no problem though.
I use a multi approach to adding some subtle 'goodness' to the recording. For this project, I called on the MFC console to set the sound stage for all the tweaks that were needed.
I also experimented, and ran the 2 MFC [Line/Master BUS] in TIMED mode. I did plenty of A/B testing on this, and the TIMED mode really focused and opened the 3-dimension of the stage ... How it does it, I don't really know ... but it was really nice.
I had to 'repair' some of the room resonance, so I also used DMG Equilibrium as my only 'algo'. I also brought in CDS - BXQ-eq for a little boost in the bottom end, and a slight shave off the top.
Because we can ... I also added a couple pre-amps in the chain. Some were compressors [no compression].
For 'shaping' I used the IVORY-EQ. It is nice, clean, and powerful ... and I use other NEB's to add color. I might have even used a bit of CDS's TAPE for a bit of control. Heck ... I think I had an instance of AlexB's A*I mastering EQ in there for a touch.
Even though I use a variety of libraries/Acquas ... I often only need maybe a 1/2dB added/sub here and there.
The variety of preamp sections is purely for tone and character. I find these portable recorders can do a nice job ... but they sound flat and boring.
The client [who recorded it] heard the test master and said he felt like he was back in the club listening to the live show. When he heard the 'original tracks' ... they sounded anemic
Bookending the entire chain with the MFC combo worked beautiful for this project.
Thanks AlexB !!!!
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