I love how it can gently soften stray peaks in offending frequency regions when set correctly. This thing just makes everything bigger and warmer! It also gently opens up the soundstage. A subtle, gentle and wide boost here can open up many mixes that may lack air or clarity. Calling it a bread-and-butter tool is not an insult. Reverbs are the one exception I have in my work where I rely on presets. This is nothing against the Maximizer. And it too can provide some nice bass enhancement without muddying up the low end.
For larger ones, both units have great Warm Ambiance settings. . That's because, even at 1 per cent settings, they can take off that edge and precision a mix has. This idea makes a lot of sense. It performs and operates simply.
In mastering, I rarely use reverbs - even less than multiband compression. Another magic spot on the Pultec is the 8 kHz region. This puts a nice glue to vocals, and the rhythm tracks. For small spaces, the Jazz Club and Small Room presets in the RealVerb Pro are perfect. More Choices Another compressor that gets occasional use is the Neve 33069.
But the question remains: what happens when computer power catches up? I generally use this as a dynamic equalizer. However when a mix is just too dry, or needs space, the presets in the RealVerb Pro and DreamVerb are where I go. When set just right, it gives a mix a wonderfully, almost subliminal dynamic enhancement. It certainly pays to keep an eye and ear on future trends, but what matters most is the present. Important when respecting and preserving the artists mix intentions. Again, if I use this, I prefer to use it as a spice to a track, not for volume boosts.
Bass - Stereo Image - you name it! Pleasant surprise for me and my clients! I love to use its mid-side compression. To clarify that question, let me bring up a little. My test for if it works: if something goes missing when I take it out, back in it goes! The Maximizer provides brickwall limiting with an analog flavour. . . .
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