multi band compressor

recommendations?

can someone reccommend a really nice multiband comp plugin?

i want to use it to compress bass guitar. currently what i am doing is cloning the track so i have two or 3 copies of my bass track (usually just two), appying EQ to both tracks (to essentially break it into bands) and then run a regular compressor on each of the tracks… voila, a cheap multiband compressor… works well, but it takes 2 or 3 tracks, hence more processing power, more instances of the compressor plug required, and more time to get it done.

i would like a NICE multiband comp plug that will give me useful visual metering for each band for setting the threshold. i am using ntrack 3.3, so i downloaded this new multiband comp that comes with n-track 4… got annoyed with it after 5 minutes. my ear isn’t quite trained well enough to know where to set my thresholds, etc without good visual metering, or some kind of feedback from the plug… and this new one doesn’t do it for me.

so if anyone has any reccommendations… i don’t care about price at this point, i just want to try something different and see what’s out there that might do exactly what i want.

Akai,I think,makes one.But I can’t say if it’s any good or not.T-Racks also I think has one in their mastering suite if you’ve got the coin.

well, waves makes the c4, which is pretty nice, but also very expensive.

I use the waves and the ultrafunk multibands…also the dave brown multiband limiter…none of the free ones souned even remotely as good as these three…

Ray

might wanna try the classic K series of effects,the addy of which you’ll find at audio minds ,com,

Dave brown’s was the first one I got, very easy to use, great to learn on, but the Waves is the best I know of.

Technically the PSP vintage warmer is multi band, FWIW (only 2 bands). :)

Have you tried endorphin? It’s free, and amazingly good for a freebie

This one, c3 multiband compressor is used for many folks here and there, me too, and is nice.
luck!

the C3 Multiband Compressor is exactly the same one that is bundled with n-Track 4. If you don’t like the n-Track one, you won’t like the C3.

You might want to try the free VST compressor bundle at http://www.x-buz.com/BuzCompFree.html There are several multiband choices in that bundle. While at x-buzz, go to http://www.x-buz.com/products.html and download anything that is freeware on that page and you will get lots of free VST effects to play with.

Endorphin, a dual-band freeware VST compressor can be downloaded from http://www.digitalfishphones.com/main.php?item=2&subItem=3

Hopefully, you will find the compressor you like from these leads. Let us know what you find and how well it works for you.

OK, time to “plug” my own stuff here …

http://home.earthlink.net/~rocksonics/MasteringPlugs.htm

Check out the MB Maximizer. It’s simple to use and sounds great.

Vivona, what you means
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C3 Multiband Compressor is exactly the same one that is bundled with n-Track 4

that it’s the same program (Flavio bought it) , or that they work in similar way?

P.S: Thanks the link to the BUZZ thing, i dont knowed about it.
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OK, time to "plug" my own stuff here ...

http://home.earthlink.net/~rocksonics/MasteringPlugs.htm

Check out the MB Maximizer. It's simple to use and sounds great.

Jeepers, how can you sell that stuff for so little? :)
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Vivona, what you means
C3 Multiband Compressor is exactly the same one that is bundled with n-Track 4

that it's the same program (Flavio bought it) , or that they work in similar way?

P.S: Thanks the link to the BUZZ thing, i dont knowed about it.
Same program.
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Vivona, what you means
C3 Multiband Compressor is exactly the same one that is bundled with n-Track 4

that it's the same program (Flavio bought it) , or that they work in similar way?

P.S: Thanks the link to the BUZZ thing, i dont knowed about it.

Same program.
Thats interesting Tom. That means that Flavio is working with this guys or it was only a trade for once? Just curious...

Jeepers, good to see a developer over here, welcome!

hey slowfingers, I’ve always wished I could make my own plugins and such, but I’m more of a graphics guy-would you be open to making some plugins and I’ll make the interface?

the MB Compressor that comes with the Steinberg Mastering Edition is the best one I’ve ever used, including C4. It has 5 adjustable bands, very simple to use, comes in directx and VST.

you gotta buy the whole suite to get it, but #### it’s good. The other plugs in that suite are nice too.

http://www.westexmedia.com/html/st_masteringedition.html

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yea, they’re marketed as mastering plugs, but you can use em on tracks. I use the MB compressor and the loudness maximizer right often.

another review:

http://www.audiomidi.com/aboutus/reviews/douglas_masteringedition.cfm

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thanks for all the responses guys… the c4 looks nice, but four bands is a little overkill… i wonder how that does in terms of processing requirements. i think you can disable the bands you don’t want to use anyways.

i will also look at endorphin again. hadn’t thought of it as a channel compressor because i had previously used it for mastering my final tracks… once i started using ozone, endorphin got a little dusty.

yes, the c3 is the one i tried and is the one that comes with n-track 4. it seems quite powerful, but it wasn’t giving me any useful metering on the upper bands… on the lower ones it was hard for me to tell where the meter was at times (the scale isn’t very good and you can’t adjust it).