Modern Mix Tools is a B&H Kit that features three essential plug-in tools for mixing and mastering. PuigTec Equalizers is a pair of EQ plug-ins that together provides a full-range vintage EQ chain, while the multi-band compressor features up to four selectable frequency bands with adjustable compression per band.
For the final processing on the mix bus or mastering output, a brick-wall limiter with four different limiting algorithms delivers linear-phase oversampling, dithering and noise shaping, and customizable look-ahead, attack, release and channel linking settings.
Waves PuigTec EQs - Program and Midrange EQ Plug-Ins (Native/SoundGrid, Download)
PuigTec EQ from Waves provides a pair of EQ plug-ins that used together provide a full-range, vintage EQ chain. Both original Pultec hardware units on which the plug-ins have been modeled, continue to this day to be mainstays at high-end studios.
The EQP-1A is known for its unique ability to boost and cut the same frequencies simultaneously, thereby creating a resonant shelf. The distinctive midrange tonal characteristics of the MEQ-5 make it the perfect complement to the EQP-1A.
*For TDM use, Accel card required for all sample rates
IK Multimedia Quad Comp - Multi-Band Compressor (Download)
The IK Multimedia Quad Comp - Multi-Band Compressor (Download) is a dynamic processor plug-in that features up to four selectable frequency bands with adjustable compression per band. This enables you to process part of a signal's frequency spectrum without affecting other sounds within the spectrum. Each compression band features an adjustable threshold, compression ratio, attack time, release time, and gain level. The software also allows you to select the slope of the frequency crossovers to limit the influence of artifacts between bands.
Often the compressor will be placed on a stereo master bus to control peaks in program material, but can also be used to control inconsistent dynamics in solo tracks such as vocals and bass.
In the user interface, a display indicates the amount of gain reduction per band as well as the overall Left and Right stereo output levels. The bands can be linked and each band can be soloed or bypassed to observe the effects of the compression. A mid side button enables mid-side compression wherein the mid channel is the mono sum of the sound stage and the side channel is the difference between the left and right channels. A master bypass switch allows you to A/B the effect of the processing on the entire signal, and a reset switch can be used to restore the original settings.
The plug-in is fully compatible with native 32- and 64-bit applications on both Mac OS X (Universal Binary) and Windows (XP/Vista/7/8) computers. It supports VST, RTAS, AAX, and Audio Units plug-in formats. It can also be used with the T-RackS CS standalone application (sold separately).
FabFilter Pro-L 2 Limiter Software Plug-In
The Pro-L 2 Limiter Software Plug-In from FabFilter is a major update to the Pro-L Limiter plug-in. It adds four additional limiting algorithms: Modern for general all-purpose limiting, Aggressive for EDM and rock music, Bus specific for drums and individual track limiting, and Safe, which avoids distortion at all costs. The plug-in works for Mac or Windows computers and can be used for mixing and mastering audio applications such as studio recording, post production, and more.
Combined with true peak metering and extensive loudness metering, it is compliant with the EBU R128, ITU-R BS.1770-4, and ATSC A/85 standards. Support for surround audio with flexible channel linking makes FabFilter Pro-L 2 much more versatile in multi-channel scenarios, with up to 32x linear phase oversampling. Other features like a DC offset filter, external side chain triggering for stem mastering, and a unity gain option ensure that Pro-L 2 is a solution to any mastering challenge.
Furthermore, the real-time level display is offered with several display modes, including an infinite mode that shows all audio for an entire session. Significant gain reduction is highlighted with peak labels to give additional insight into the limiting process. The Pro-L2 interface has been carefully redesigned with an optimized workflow. Finally, the plug-in is available in VST, VST3, Audio Units, AAX Native, and AudioSuite formats, in both 64- and 32-bit, as well as RTAS in 32-bit.