Over the past ten years I have been using plug-ins exclusively in both my mixing and mastering workflows, this is generally referred to as mixing/mastering "In The Box". In recent months my ITB approach has slowly changed into what many audio guys and girls call a "hybrid" setup. Hybrid is a great way to describe how I am approaching my mixes these days as it includes a smattering of anolog outboard gear coupled with digital audio workflows.
Regular visitors of the blog will know that over the past 24 months I've been taking quite the shine to some Tegeler Audio Manufaktur outboard units and recently my Tegeler collection grew again to features their passive EQ, the EQP-1.
In this video you will see and hear what can be accomplished when three Tegeler Audio Manufaktur processor are chained together on a mix bus. The song we used in this video is a grunge style track. The mix is where it needs to be, but it lacks excitement, edge, air, body... that special something to set it apart. Do these three Tegeler's deliver the goods? Watch the video, listen to the before and afters and decide for yourself.
The mix bus chain is as follows:
- The Schwerkraft Maschine: 11 mode stereo vari-mu compressor. I use The Schwerkraft Maschine as my first stage of compression. The side chain control is a great tool to stop unwanted pumping effects that can be caused by low-end energy hitting the threshold.
- EQP-1: Stereo/dual mono passive EQ (Pultec Style). I use this to sweeten the tone a mix bus after the Schwerkraft compression.
- Creme: A clean mastering compressor with basic treble and bass boost EQ. This unit is very transparent, no colouration is added when the until is on. The compressor helps to boost the overall loudness without artefacts, the basic low and high EQ helps to add that final level of shine. I use The Creme in Comp > EQ not EQ > Comp as the EQ section sounds more open after the compressor.