The Focusrite Mix Master is a stereo mastering piece of outboard gear that contains a dynamic processor (stereo spectral compressor), an equalizer, a stereo expander and an output section. It is an analog unit and has XLR connections as well as 1/4 inch. It is a rack mountable unit and will take up two rack space units.
The configuration of the Focusrite Mix Master is pretty varied, but everything is pretty easy to follow and only takes a little bit of use to understand what everything does. I love how many different signal processing sections this has, which is what makes it great for mastering. It is easy to get some good sounds from this, and the capabilities are very wide and range all over the place. I don't have a manual for this, but if you have one I'm sure it would be helpful, as there are a lot of ins and outs to this unit.
The sound quality of the Focusrite Mix Master is very good, although none of the sections really blew me away in terms of tone. All of the sections are useful and there are more parameters for each section on this than I would be able to list. While I have only used this for mastering, I'm sure you could use it during mixing or tracking as it is versatile and has a wide array of capabilities. Overall, the Focusrite Mix Master has a good sound quality that is definitely useful in a number of situations.
I've been using the Focusrite Mix Master for about four years and have found it to be a great option when it comes to mastering with a single piece of outboard gear. You have all the tools you would need in one place, which is extremely convenient and helpful. The price of this unit, like most Focusrite products, is very reasonable, which makes it a viable option for both professionals and home studio owners alike. Overall, a great unit that both sounds good and is extremely easy and convenient to use.
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stereosound's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
This is a "compilation" of dynamic processing (except largisseur Stereo) Stereo grouped in mind (as in to say!) To deal effectively with a mix complete a phase of analog mastering.
Techno uses: compression / limiter / expander analog Opto-coupler.
Trs INTERESTED particularity of the compressor: it is a "multi-band" (3), which frquence low cutoff can be modified (200 or 100 Hz)
The main rglages be changed by push button / rotary potentiomtre / slecteur rotary Crant.
There are 18 pot / slecteurs and 11 rotary buttons (power button off). No edition software.
Connection input / output: XLR and jack sym sym (-10 dB). A team can map numrique optional rack for rle converter numrique high quality: 16/24 bits of fl. 128 x. The syncho can be external. The frquences of ch. are 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96 KHz, XLR AES / EBU or SPDIF.
While the 19 "2 unit (prvoir ventilation due to a DGIG heat: 60 W consumed)
Premire grip trs simple.
The sound passes through each treatment with "bypass" if ncessaire SPECIFICATIONS:
- Expander (for rduction noise) in the first
- 3-band compressor
- Qualiseur 3 strips of 2 semi-core band and paramtriques paramtrique
- Stereo width correction (certainly a technology MS)
- Correcting balance level (= / - 3dB) = practice
- Gnral gain and limiter (dbrayable)
The edition is simple but you have to work "by ear" to find the best "setting" as a ratio with the type of the deal (as always!). There is no key "magic", even if the aid Determines the time to "release" of the compressor are proposed:
- Automatic adjustment depending on the program - Fast mode (type rock / percussion)
- Automatic adjustment depending on the program - slow mode (conventional / ground)
The 3-band compressor is efficient and transparent plutt complex sources. A button "lock" can turn the comp. 3 bands comp. mono-band, just to collect the diffrence its (for the nostalgic compressor broadband!).
You can change the ratio of low and high band from the band on a scale of mdium + / 1 10 dB. Super convenient for "sound" compression and dynamically dsquilibre up the mix.
The maximum compression ratio is 5 / 1, 4 / 1, 3 / 1, 2.2 / 1 1.7 / 1 1.3 / 1, a maximum compression of 16 dB (10 dB recommended). Two rglages of attack: slow or fast. Release Fixed or auto (2 choices)
SPECIFICATIONS led to overload the party and led 3-nitre with fast time constant.
The qualiseur plutt is well thought out and frquences proposed (slecteur notched) are useful:
BF: 40, 70, 120, on shelving + / - 10 dB
HF shelving, 10K, 14K, 20K of + / - 10 dB
MF: 100 or 1K 1K 10 K (booster x 10 F) to + / - 10 dB with Q 0.4 1.5
Overload led to this part SPECIFICATIONS
The width correction Stereo (certainly a technology MS) can tighten or broaden the picture, together with an indication of a phase-Maître (rare these days, on analogue): no mistake!
Limiter "protection" with an indicator of the rate-limiting - a -6 dB. No rglages the limiter. Its rle is simply a being protected by the Exceeds level numrique the map or the analog signal output.
I use mostly the comp. multi-band, with the correction width Stereo, and more rarely, the Tone Corrector (if the sound is really quiliber-r). I do not fell in love for the rducteur noise and the limiter.
I chose this product:
- Stereo analog sound processing (transportable in a position of concert)
- Its multi-band compressor
- The offset and width eq Intgr Stereo (with phase-Maître)
- Plutt its transparent and breath (cool)
In fact, I use it more as a compressor for a stro mastering rack. For mastering, I'm more inclined to use a rack numrique treatment (more prcis, transparent and rglages mmorisables).
At the level of complaints:
- The time constant of the LED-meters would win Maitena the "peak" half a second, to get a better view of percussive signals, ntoament the LED-meter final is missing - therefore - a hair precision of spikes (not really the time to see the Exceeds level).
- The limiter is a bit of its typ. Use for a "stamp" vintage analog.
It is a product that is a short begins CF career, indented by the plug-in "mastering" the report of the prize not COMPTITE dja if you're on a set computer music. To use a "live" and mobile, is one of the rare (or only) offer this type of "Swiss knife" of dynamics. For fans of the 3-band compression and analog!