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Complete Audio Mastering: Practical Techniques by Gebre E. Waddell

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CHAPTER 5Mastering Gear

Selecting and understanding the equipment is a passion for most mastering engineers. It is a part of what makes studios unique. It’s no wonder that the most popular online forum about professional audio is named “Gearslutz”! Mastering gear is usually chosen according to value, quality, character, and function. Some studios seek a balance between color processors and clean processors. Some want mostly clean or mostly color, whereas others focus only on gear that works well for a niche. This chapter gives perhaps the most complete coverage of the gear used in professional mastering available. The rare items and the common—you’ll find them here.

Gear Lust

There is quite a bit of marketing influence, psychology, and herd mentality ...

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