Molotovbeatz wrote: ↑
10 Feb 2019
I couldn't make it without using the CTRL ROOM out. Below my current setup, what can you advice if I would not use the CTRL ROOM output? Like this below it's working for now but I would like to know the simple method to keep it simple as you described
My approach begins with the idea that you want ito use a “clean” signal for the side-chain. But if you use the CR, the signal you’re using is not only already compressed by the Master Compressor, but also affected by all the other stuff I see in your master insert. To my way of thinking, you’re taking the signal for the side chain from the wrong end of the signal chain! Take it instead from the start, not the end.
To do this, make sure inserts are PRE COMPRESSOR. This means the “To Devices” jack gives you the raw master bus signal, before hitting anything else. Take this signal (as I already explained above) into the Stereo Imager (or other filter/EQ), and then into the side chain input.
That’s it, that’s all you need to do.
But if you want more stuff on your master (as in your attached pic), and you want it BEFORE the master compressor, then you can use the main output on the Stereo Image to feed the other devices and use the Separate Output/High Band for the side chain input. No splitter needed.
And if you want to add more processing AFTER the compressor (sometimes preferred so that changes to the other devices don’t require changes to the compressor), you’ll need to patch it between the Master Outputs and the Hardware Interface (which is how I do it - see below).
That being said, I use a different approach for further “mastering” devices, which I patch AFTER the Maseter Outputs of the mixer (as it would be done IRL). There are two reasons for this. One is because of dither, which needs to be last and you cannot change levels after adding dither - so you cannot put anything that adds dither in the Master Insert if you’re going to do a fade out with the Master Fader. Another is that I like to keep mixing and mastering devices separate - I consider the Master Compressor to be a mix device, being a long time SSL mixer guy.