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Looking for a good gluing compressor

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Benjamin Drew
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Looking for a good gluing compressor

Postby Benjamin Drew » Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:52 pm

Right now, being a newbie I am playing more with presets. That being said, I had Density MK# compressor and was finally getting familiar with it's "Gluing" preset and tweaking it. But I highly suspect it's the very plugin wreaking havoc on mixcraft to the point it is unusable.

Any suggestions???

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Re: Looking for a good gluing compressor

Postby bigaquarium » Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:23 am

Morning,

Not sure what version you are running, but the Broadcast Multiband and Izotope Mastering Essentials that come with Mixcraft 8 ProStudio are both good for gluing the mix together, although the latter also has stereo spreading, reverb and other things built in.

Try Tokyo Dawn’s free Kotelnikov compressor, it is arguably the most popular freebie:

https://www.tokyodawn.net/tdr-kotelnikov/

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Re: Looking for a good gluing compressor

Postby jlouvar » Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:17 am

As long as it’s transparent and has all the basic controls, I think most compressor plugins work okay.
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Re: Looking for a good gluing compressor

Postby Benjamin Drew » Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:14 am

Any ideas on general settings for glueing? Like a general starting point to start tweaking from? I got Mixcraft Pro 8.1.

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Re: Looking for a good gluing compressor

Postby bigaquarium » Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:32 am

Benjamin Drew wrote:Any ideas on general settings for glueing? Like a general starting point to start tweaking from? I got Mixcraft Pro 8.1.


Morning,

Absolutely impossible to say. My advice would be to get your mix down to -6 dB or so on the master channel before you even touch the master fader and run through the Izotope Mastering Essentials presets to see what you like, and go from there.

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Re: Looking for a good gluing compressor

Postby Benjamin Drew » Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:50 am

Thanks. :) So far I've learned that much about mixing, getting all the instruments at appropriate levels to one another without any effects and making sure the master is at -6db for headroom.

Then start the compression on the master and an EQ as well for very light EQ enhancements.

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Re: Looking for a good gluing compressor

Postby freightgod » Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:53 am

Benjamin Drew wrote:Any ideas on general settings for glueing? Like a general starting point to start tweaking from? I got Mixcraft Pro 8.1.


I recommend Google Glue.

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Re: Looking for a good gluing compressor

Postby Benjamin Drew » Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:42 am

freightgod wrote:
Benjamin Drew wrote:Any ideas on general settings for glueing? Like a general starting point to start tweaking from? I got Mixcraft Pro 8.1.


I recommend Google Glue.


So far I've had little luck with that. Your comment isn't very helpful.

All the stuff I have found thus far is vague. I figured if I asked directly I may come across a more direct answer.

Google has helped with most stuff though.

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Re: Looking for a good gluing compressor

Postby Rolling Estonian » Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:00 pm

Not free but I would highly recommend FabFilter ProC2. ProQ2 is also invaluable. They've both taught me a ton about eq and compression.

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Re: Looking for a good gluing compressor

Postby Ian Craig » Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:09 pm

MCompressor from MeldaProductions. It is free (it has a nag type line on the screen but it is free and works without limitations). Also the tutorial video on the Melda website is very good.
https://www.meldaproduction.com/MCompressor
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Re: Looking for a good gluing compressor

Postby jzero » Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:09 am

Density MkII is a great compressor. I've used it successfully with FL Studio 20. Though I'm just using the Mixcraft demo (seeing if I want to switch) I will look tonight to see if Density works. I do know that it's a 32bit plugin. While 64bit FL Studio can run 32bit plugins in a "bridged" mode, I'm not sure if Mixcraft does...

In any case, I've had success with several Waves plugins for glue on the Mix bus:

https://www.waves.com/plugins/scheps-omni-channel
https://www.waves.com/plugins/v-comp
https://www.waves.com/plugins/cla-76-compressor-limiter
https://www.waves.com/plugins/ssl-g-mas ... compressor
https://www.waves.com/plugins/puigchild-compressor

I usually pick one of these with 2-4db of glue, then add another 2-4db with the L3 maximizing limiter:
https://www.waves.com/plugins/l3-multimaximizer

In case you're not aware, Waves have frequent sales. If you are patient any of their plugins can be had for $29 sales price and then combined with a %10 discount code.

If I had to pick a single plugin in that list above, I'd go with the Omni channel. It's got three different types of compression along with a ton of other features. It's basically a really flexible console in a box.

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Re: Looking for a good gluing compressor

Postby jlouvar » Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:01 am

jzero wrote:I'm just using the Mixcraft demo (seeing if I want to switch)


Hello and welcome to the Acoustica forums.

I love Mixcraft 8 Pro... It’s Awesome.

Tip: If you’re considering getting Mixcraft 8, now is a good time because it’s on sale. I recommend Mixcraft 8 Pro... But the sale is almost over, so don’t wait too long.
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