Get Ready To Master!
My thoughts on the Masterdesk: I have studied advanced mastering in school (Berklars ago and have been doing it professionally for the past four years. With that o
ut of the way here it goes... I hear people putting together mastering chains with a loback for a remix is your best option.
One of the best features of the Masterdesk plugin from Brainworx is that about 80 percent of everything you need is in one place. With the proper mastering skills you could do more with a surgical style EQ placed prior to it in your DAW. But, make sure you use a high quality mastering EQ. Plugin Alliance has some beautiful ones to pick from. One of my favorite mastering EQs at Plugin Alliance is the SPL Passeq.
The components on the Masterdesk are very high quality. This beast can really sweeten a mix, creating a stunning analog feel and vibe. The M/S section is worth its weight in gold alone. In my opinion, the algorithm sounds a bit different from the ones used on the other Brainworx plugins. it is much more suited for mastering. This was confirmed to me by Dirk Ulrich himself, the mastermind of the Masterdesk. He indeed created a new algorithm specifically for the Masterdesk.
Sometimes simplifying things is a good thing, it gets you listening to what you are doing as opposed to analyzing it. My clients mostly listen and rarely, (if ever), analyze what I did. Some people get bogged down with too many approaches during a typical mastering session. Without having the proper mastering skills needed, these extra approaches can often work against each other doing more harm than good.
Yes, it’s mostly all there outside of perhaps adding a surgical EQ prior to the Masterdesk and a ADPTR Metric AB plugin after it for easy referencing. I recommend that you play with it. Get to know it and start listening to your mixes instead of analyzing them. Retail price $299.95 USD however if you look carefully you may be able to find some fantastic deals!
5 out of 5 Stars
Drew Puzia is a multi-award winning Mix Engineer at SoundBurst Studios in Las Vegas. Drew is certified in Audio Engineering from the world renowned Berklee College of Music. His experience spans over three decades in the music industry and he has recorded and mixed countless musicians in many genres of music.
SoundBurst Studios is an online mixing and mastering studio, founded by Drew Puzia, a certified audio mix engineer from the Berklee College of Music. Drew has over 25 years of experience in professional music mixing, and provides affordable mixing and mastering services to musicians everywhere.