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by AlexWho » Wed Jun 29, 2016 7:00 pm

When you are mastering your song and you use these 3 things: EQ (match eq), Compressor and Limiter, what is the order? Limiter is ofc last but do i EQ first or?

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by agos » Thu Jun 30, 2016 8:50 am

I use an EQ first to cut below 20-25Hz and above 20kHz, then one or two compressors, and some more EQing if needed, then, as you say, a limiter as the last thing.

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by Midge » Sun Aug 07, 2016 6:16 pm

everyone works differently.

some put it compressor first and some put EQ. Some people use more than on EQ so have both EQ before and after.

Personally I prefer to compress first. I like to compress my 'dry' signal (mixdown) first. But my master compression is only ever minimal. I personally do this because any drastic changes on your EQ can sometimes affect how a compressor works. Especially true if you are doing large boosts in your EQ. Having said really wont make to much of a difference at mastering stage because there 'should' be no drastic EQ boosts; given the mixing is on point. Mastering should just be little adjustments to enhance the mix.

I know people who have one EQ before the compressor for cuts and one after for boosts. Personally I think people think way too deep in this; there are many ways to skin a cat. there is no 'right' way. just find out what works for you.
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