##UPDATED## 25 Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/11/05 16:27:08 (permalink)
Hey Steve....got a good recommendation for a free frequency analyser plug?

Anything you think would be out of sight or you really dig?

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/11/05 16:27:24 (permalink)

Not yet mate - I'll give them a go asap.

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/11/05 16:31:19 (permalink)

ORIGINAL: montezuma

Hey Steve....got a good recommendation for a free frequency analyser plug?

Anything you think would be out of sight or you really dig?



Hi there Matt - how's it hanging brother!

For a free spectrum analyzer you can't do any better than the VOXENGO SPAN

Check out the ReadMe help file that downloads with it - there are some very useful features incorporated with the Span.

Catch you soon mate

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/11/05 16:36:13 (permalink)
Matt, here's a run-down on the Span I did in another thread:




Here's a step by step, which I hope will clarify how to use Span:


DISPLAY

In Console View, insert the Span VST into the FX bin of whichever strip you wish to analyze - this can be in any track, bus or in your Master strip.

I'm not sure what the Span default settings are, but when you start playing your track, you should see a real-time waveform in the main window of the GUI. What you choose to display here is dependent on the various controls in Span.

First off, the most important thing to set is what you want Span to display - the five choices are:
* Avg - Average [of the left and right channel summed]
* Max Maximum [of the left and right channel summed]
* L - Left Channel only displayed
* R - Right Channel only displayed
* L+R - Both channels displayed [left channel is blue, right channel is red]



The graph represents two values of any point on the curve/s displayed - the horixontal x-axis represents the frequency of the sound, the vertical y-axis represents the relative level [gain, volume?] of the sound.

The range of frequencies displayed can be altered using the buttons arrowed below so you can view a broad spectrum or effectively zoom in to a narrower range:



For those that prefer the 'step' view, Span allows you to display the curve in eight different column 'widths':




ANALYZING

Once you're happy with the display, Control Click anywhere inside the graph window. Where you place the pointer determines what you hear. The frequency band heard corresponds to where you place it on the x axis and the volume you hear that frequency at is determined by how 'high' up the y axis the pointer is.

The green 'envelope' [probably not the best description of it] that appears causes the frequencies it encompasses to be be heard in isolation as the level of the frequencies outside it are lowered by the program - this shows a full volume audition of the sounds at around 100Hz:



Shifting the pointer around changes the values of the sound you can audition - this is at 5kHz:




If you do download Span, there is a bit more detail about the settings and what the other controls do in the readme text file found in the unzipped folder.






post edited by SteveStrummerUK - 2008/11/05 16:38:01

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/11/05 18:40:02 (permalink)
Hey Steve...that's really far out man! I'm dl'ing that now but will have a look after I get back from work.

Sorry about all the 60's lingo...I'm in a weird mood this morning.

Peace brother.
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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/11/05 19:56:35 (permalink)

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Hey Steve...that's really far out man! I'm dl'ing that now but will have a look after I get back from work.

Sorry about all the 60's lingo...I'm in a weird mood this morning.

Peace brother.

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/11/10 11:02:09 (permalink)
That's an awesome post, Steve. I've been trying to learn how to use that Span for months. You're a scholar and a gentleman.

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/11/10 11:54:21 (permalink)

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That's an awesome post, Steve. I've been trying to learn how to use that Span for months. You're a scholar and a gentleman.

No problem Rick.

I can't believe a VST that is just that good is so free!!

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/11/12 11:44:06 (permalink)
Just wanted to say that I've played around with Bootsy's NastyCS EQ a little now and am very Impressed. Very smooth musical sounding to my ears (altough they probably are far from golden). I preffered the NastyCS over Pushtec, Voxengo Overtone GEQ and VC64 in some cases. Will definitely use it some more

Haven't gotten around to try out the analogue summing moddeler yet though more than trying to push it to the max and letting it distort... Looking forward to experementing some more with it when I (hopefully) get the time.

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/11/21 18:30:26 (permalink)

I second the Span. I've been using it for two years and it has become indispensable. The Roger Nichols stuff(which is not free) doesn't even come close to giving you the flexibilty of the span.

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RE: 25 Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2009/01/09 17:11:15 (permalink)
This deserves to be bumped ahead of all the DVD software spam...
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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2009/01/10 12:15:38 (permalink)
Thanks for the post, Steve!

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2009/01/11 21:25:58 (permalink)
Thank for these. In particular, I found Basslane to be particularly effective in placing the bass perfectly in the mix. Uses very little cpu also:

20. BASSLANE


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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2009/01/20 14:13:15 (permalink)
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Thank for these. In particular, I found Basslane to be particularly effective in placing the bass perfectly in the mix. Uses very little cpu also:

20. BASSLANE



+1 for BassLane. Simple and subtle, but powerful.
post edited by retrosaurus - 2009/01/20 14:16:32

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2009/01/22 19:18:36 (permalink)
Great post by Stevestrummer.Really some good stuff here.
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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2009/01/22 19:21:33 (permalink)

Big thanks for your kind remarks guys.

But please don't forget this is a joint effort between myself and Legion

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2009/01/30 14:05:20 (permalink)

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2009/01/30 18:19:16 (permalink)
Basslane...'controls the stereo field'...what does that mean exactly?
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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2009/01/30 18:59:38 (permalink)
'controls the stereo field'

Panning
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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2009/01/31 03:41:10 (permalink)
Exactly, panning the bass content to the center without effecting the other parts of the spectrum.

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2009/01/31 06:32:45 (permalink)
So if you just pan it there yourself withuot the plugin, bass tends to be a large sound which occupies/ smears a broad area in the stereo spectrum...and this plugin reduces the smear?? (so to speak)
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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2009/02/01 05:05:36 (permalink)
If you don't use extreme amounts of hpf there's bass information in almost everything wich will smear the stereo field. Maybe you don't want all the instuments panned center (I hope you dont ) so then the plug only centers the bass freqz and not the other information, Remember to use it after panning as it will otherwise pan all bass you have just tried to center...
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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2009/02/20 17:41:34 (permalink)
Maybe an addition step to take against SPAM would be to bump useful threads to the top, so as to push useless ads off the first page more quickly...
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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2009/03/01 16:42:10 (permalink)

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Maybe an addition step to take against SPAM would be to bump useful threads to the top, so as to push useless ads off the first page more quickly...

What a good idea - BUMP!!

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2009/03/02 22:32:41 (permalink)
Hi Steve / Legion
Just wanted to say thank you for this thread - I ended up using a couple of the plug ins, Basslane and Leftover Lasagna in particular, quite a bit on the new CD, Politicians aren't the People I meet.
The CD has just come off the production line and goes on sale this week, you can hear some clips on the website at www.devinelie.com
The whole thing was recorded solely in Sonar 7 and 8.
I am going to get some full songs up on Soundclick next few days.
So thanks to you guys and everyone else at the Forum
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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2009/03/03 11:05:55 (permalink)

Hey Nigel - how cool is that, I'm off for a listen now - congratulations

And big thanks for the kind words

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2009/03/03 11:38:42 (permalink)
I've just put a full track up on Soundclick - only the crap 128 quality, but still sounds OK ish!
The link is below - let me know what you think
Nigel

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2009/03/03 12:35:03 (permalink)

That's superb Nigel - I love the Parliamentary Questions at the start, nice touch.

The mix and production are top notch too my friend, and the lyrics well though out.

Good stuff indeed

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2009/03/03 16:00:57 (permalink)
Steve
Thanks for the great comments - I'm chuffed!!
Hope you liked the lyrics - wrote this a while ago - after all that seems to be happening in the UK, perhaps it should have been a bit ruder about our Politician friends!!
At least in Cape Town our African Politicians are KNOWN to be corrupt - they don't even try to hide it - but in the UK it still seems that want everyone to think they are such good chaps - makes you sick!

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2009/03/27 20:12:12 (permalink)

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