PSP Mastering Plug-ins
Upon first visit to a professional recording studio, people are usually inspired and bewildered by all the boxes and colours and flashing lights. It all looks so complex to the uninitiated.
On the other hand your first trip to a mastering studio might indeed shock you by the apparent lack of gear and flashing lights. You might come across a few tube compressors,some expensive EQs, some AD/DA converters and a simple console or some preamps.
You dont need a lot of gear to make a good master - You just need good quality devices. Check out www.PSPaudioware.com to see their set of mastering Plug-ins.
PSP, which stands for Professional Sound Products, make great Plug-ins for mastering. These Plug-ins are a fantastic deal at a tiny fraction of the cost of the hardware youll see in a major mastering house.
The PSP VintageWarmer is a digital simulation of an analog style limiter. It combines warm analog sound with a straightforward user interface and comes with a library of presets. The device is highly flexible and can be used for both single and multi-band compression, as well as brick-wall limiting.
You can use this Plug-in for optimizing the density and average signal levels of recordings during mixing or mastering, shaping the dynamics of recordings during mixing, adding warmth to individual tracks or complete mixes, and adding analog tape-style compression to individual tracks or complete mixes.
Its got High quality signal processing algorithms, Single or multi-band signal processing, Shelf filters for bass and treble frequencies in single-band processing mode, Control of bass and treble signal components in multi-band processing mode, Accurately calibrated VU and PPM meters with the overload indicators, and a great library of presets.
At their website you can download the meters for free. Thats just the meters - no processing, but its still an essential part of mastering to have well calibrated meters.
PSP PianoVerb reproduces a special kind of reverberation originally provided by piano strings. It generates reverberation using twelve string operators with adjustable damping and decay time. Each of them is tuned to a particular note starting from A[55Hz] to a G# [103.8Hz]. The PSP PianoVerb string system can be transposed in the range of +-24 semitones, tuned within a range of +-100 cents and can be detuned as well. Transposing to lower octaves produces a bigger and less resonant sound similar to traditional reverbs, while in turn transposing to higher octaves produces a very bright harp-like effect. Being able to tune your reverb yields interesting results.