OXFORD, UK: Europe's largest independent mastering facility, The Metropolis Group, has purchased a significant package of 10 Sonnox Oxford Limiters and 10 Oxford EQs. Sonnox Sales & Marketing Manager Nathan Eames reports, the substantial plug-in acquisition was vetted by Metropolis Group Technology Development Manager, Crispin Murray. "We test drove a good number of plug-ins, and Sonnox were the ones that everyone seemed to come back to," Murray said. "Because they were the most transparent of all we tried, they are now installed in all ten of our mastering suites."Mastering engineer Miles Showell comments, "Transparency is particularly important with loudness. I don't think we're mastering any louder than we used to. We won't go down the 'level at all costs' route, but you do need to compete. If your stuff isn't loud enough, clients will just go elsewhere. It's better that we do it as cleanly as possible, rather than just smash the hell out of something, to get it loud. The Oxford Limiter is the cleanest one we have. I use it on probably 85% of my work and have come up with a setting with a slight tape compression feel to it, which makes things sound really nice. "We like the fact that it doesn't run out of steam quickly," Showell adds. "If you push things really hard some other bits of kit we use do. Especially with vocals, which tend to tear and break up. The Oxford Limiter doesn't get all crispy and nasty when you push it hard."Crispin Murray adds, "We're also impressed that the Limiter doesn't effect stereo imaging. The width and ambience stay the same, so the room doesn't suddenly get smaller." "It's also respectful of transients," Showell interjects. "It tends not to push drums back into the track, so you still get the attack. Occasionally when you're getting into stupid levels, which sometimes we're required to do, other limiters will just tuck everything in, pushing the drums back into the mix and making it all just sound smaller. The Oxford Limiter doesn't. Your transients remain intact. And, it doesn't just crush the whole thing. Quite a mean feat, pretty impressive really." ###Mastering Engineer Miles Showell at Metropolis.For detailed information on Sonnox Oxford Plug-ins please visit: www.sonnoxplugins.com
TransAudio Group Now Shipping the Bettermaker Mastering Limiter
Glorious Analog Signal Path with Variable ‘Color,’ Bettermaker Plug-in Recall & Automation, and World-Class Metering LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 2017: TransAudio Group, U.S. distributor of high-end professional audio recording equipment, is pleased to announce the Bettermaker Mastering Limiter is now shipping. Like all Bettermaker products, the Mastering Limiter combines a pure analog signal path with a USB connection that allows it to be controlled, recalled, automated, and A/B’d from its associated plug-in. (The USB connection and plug-in only control the functionality of the hardware unit, no audio passes through the USB connection or plug-in.) This unit is comprised of two separate level control circuits, an infinity to 1 limiter followed by a clipper. Both are fixed threshold circuits, with the limiter threshold approximately 3dB lower than the clipper. A user adjustable ratio controls the amount of work done by the limiter versus clipper, achieved through adjustment of the limiter attack time. Additionally, this unit features variable odd- and even-harmonic coloration, locally stored user presets, and responsive, comprehensive metering that frees up your computer screen for other workflow tasks.