1. Ableton Live Mastering Chain
Among music schools and top music producers, Ableton Live is very popular for mastering and
applying high-quality sound effects to your track. Mastering with Ableton Live can be done
using built-in audio effects. For beginners and music producers who are just starting, focus
on achieving 3 things:
- Well-balanced mix
- Resonance clean up
- Adding loudness to the track for an extra punch
Here are the Ableton Live Stock plugins used for the mastering chain:
- EQ8: The Lowcut - It is operating in mid-side mode
- Glue Compression - Use glue compressor to balance of our track by bringing out the
- EQ8 - For cleanup and flattening out some unwanted resonances
- Multiband Compression - With the 3-band compressor, balance out the low, mid, and
- Punch Compression - adding a boost to the mix, also emphasize the dynamics
- Sustain Compression - It is to flatten the complete mix a little bit.
- EQ8 ‐ For final touches
- Limiter - To increase the loudness of the sum of our track
Using these plugins, get a good grip on your mastering skills while working on multiple
projects. This will help you try out the variations on multiple tracks.
2. Ozone 9 Standard
Music producers who do mastering during the music production process, are known with Ozone.
Ozone is a great mastering suite as it has everything you need to do a great mastering work
on your track.
With EQ, pre and post Compression, limiter, and saturator, Ozone 9 is a complete bag of
tools you can try. It is also recommended as one of the best mastering chain plugins for
beginners, although it is also widely popular among pro-music producers.
Ozone comes with an "auto-match" function which analyzes the frequency spectrum of the track
that is used as a reference. It creates an EQ curve for your mix and makes it sound
3. bx_Masterdesk by Brainworx
bx_masterdesk offers a complete solution of a high-end analog mastering system in one single
plugin. It has all the components you need to create tracks like professionals. It helps you
master your material with a minimal learning curve.
bx_masterdesk is a great tool for beginners as well as pro music producers. The plugin by
Brainworx is set out to make mastering fast and easy. Every element of bx_masterdesk was
created specifically to be speedy.
It is a perfect tool for learning and quick mastering scenarios.
4. FabFilter Pro-Q 3
FabFilter Pro-Q3 equalizer is probably the tool used most while mixing and mastering. With
FabFilter Pro-Q 3, you get the best sound quality, a very extensive feature set, and an
innovative interface that is easy to use.
It is designed to help you get the best sound in the quickest way possible. With the large
interactive EQ display, it's easy to create bands where you need them, enable dynamic EQ on
any band, and work on multiple bands at once.
Its latest features include Per-band mid/side or left/right processing options, brick wall
LP/HP filter slope, flat tilt filter shape, a spectrum analyzer with frequency collision
indication, and much more.
- Dynamic EQ is sounding smooth and super simple
- The new m/s mode per band is a great pro
- There is no pitch tracking EQ mode
5. Waves Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain
Waves Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain is a modular mastering chain plugin modeled after the
EMI TG12410 Transfer Console used in all Abbey Road's mastering suites. The TG Mastering
Chain comprises a modular series of processors that are freely arranged and can be bypassed
It is widely used to create custom processing chains with a flexible flow and to give the
best effects on the master bus, or on individual tracks or groups in a mastering
TG Mastering chain comprises six plugins - mono and stereo versions of the TG Mastering
Chain, Live versions of both Mastering Chain, and mono and stereo versions of the Mastering
This plugin is widely popular among music producers looking for the timeless spirit and
sound of Abbey Road.
We have reached the end of this blog where we discussed the importance of mastering in the music
production process and the top 5 best mastering chain plugins that can be used to improve the
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