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Precision Mastering Plug-In Bundle by UAD (EQ, Compressor & Limiter) ~ Studio 914 Tech

Thursday • July 18, 2013 • BY
Precision Mastering Plug-In Bundle by UAD (EQ, Compressor & Limiter) ~ Studio 914 Tech

If you can’t afford the hardware, you can own this UAD Precision Mastering Plug-Ins Bundle, giving you the tools to put that industry polish on your mixed music projects. This pulg-in bundle is an essential mastering toolkit and Longtime UAD User Favorite. This is one of the primary tools we use here at Big Noise to master our projects. This includes “All I Need” by Emcee Nemesis. Providing Mastering EQ, Multiple Band Compressor & Digital Limiter these are the basic building blocks to a great mastering chain.

Mastering With Universal Audio’s Precision Series Plug-Ins ~ Official UAD Video

This video demonstrates using UA’s Precision mastering Series plug-ins, along with some of the Precision Mix series plug-ins, to master a track.

Precision Multiband Plug-In: The Precision Multiband is a specialized mastering tool that provides five spectral bands of dynamic range control. Compression, Expansion or Gate can be chosen separately for each of the five bands, while its easy-to-follow design makes the Precision Multiband the ideal tool for the novice, as well as the seasoned mastering engineer.

In use, the Precision Multiband is ideal for anything from complex dynamics control to simple de-essing. Two filterbank modes offer precise linear-phase or minimum-phase gain control; use the linear-phase option for perfectly phase-coherent results, or minimum-phase for a less precise, more “analog” sound. Both filterbank modes achieve the magnitude response of a Linkwitz-Riley filter, providing perfect magnitude reconstruction.

Precision EQ Plug-In: The Precision Equalizer is a stereo or dual mono four-band Equalizer & high-pass filter made primarily for use with program material. Modeled on the behavior of real-world analog mastering filters, the Precision EQ uses the classic parametric controls arrangement. To preserve the greatest sonic detail & ensure a minimum of artifacts in the upper frequency range, the Precision EQ is up-sampled to 192kHz.

Both channels of the easy-to-use Precision Equalizer feature four bands of filtering grouped in two overlapping pairs: Two for low frequencies, two for high frequencies. A +/- 8 dB shelving or peak/notch filter is available for each band with five peak/notch responses per band. Each band can be enabled/disabled for auditioning and DSP savings. The Precision EQ features 0.5 dB stepped gain controls & frequency controls traditionally found on hardware mastering EQ’s for repeatability. The high-pass filter is a far-reaching 18 dB per octave.

The Precision Equalizer also features flexibility in auditioning two separate A and B EQ configurations with the Stereo cycle button, while the Dual button allows the plug-in to function in dual mono, when disparate channel adjustments are necessary. In stereo mode, the left and right controls are linked – moving a knob on either channel will cause the corresponding channel to move. Stereo EQ configurations can be conveniently transferred from A to B, or B to A using parameter Copy buttons.

Precision Limiter Plug-In: The Precision Limiter is a single-band, look-ahead brick-wall limiter made primarily for use with program material. This intuitive plug-in achieves 100% attack within a 1.5ms look-ahead window, which prevents clipping, and guarantees zero overshoot performance. Both the attack and release curves are optimized for professional mastering, which minimizes aliasing.

The Precision Limiter is a colorless, transparent mastering limiter – no upsampling is used, nor does the Precision Limiter pass audio through any filters – audio remains untouched unless the compressor is working, in which case, only gain is affected.

The Precision Limiter also features comprehensive, high-resolution metering, and conforms to Bob Katz’s “K-system” metering specs. This metering allows the user to see what is happening to audio with a great deal of accuracy, with simultaneous RMS and Peak metering and adjustable Peak Hold; the plug-in can also be bypassed and used strictly as a high-resolution meter.

Other features include a user-adjustable Release or intelligent Auto Release, which allows for fast recovery – minimizing distortion & pumping. The unique Contour Mode switch offers two different methods to tailor the attack shape and can affect overall “presentation” or perception of how “up front” a track feels. Switching the Contour Mode can be useful on minimal and/or acoustic program material, yielding a more subtle touch.

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Article: Universal Audio
Editor: Noiseman
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