Here's a method that might be worth experimenting with.
1. Send everything currently going directly to the master to a new bus group, call it the "Pre-Master'
2. Create another bus group and send from the Pre-Master to that one.
3. Insert a comp on the second group and smash it. Maybe a multiband.
You now have parallel compression for the entire mix into the master. Mix to taste. Maybe also band-pass the compression bus to accentuate a certain range like the mids. If it sucks, power the "comp" bus off.
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Motoko wrote:Any particular reason you're using a bus in stead of an FX channel for this?
Yeah, using a FX channel requires that the FX sends and pans match the faders and pans, for each individual send to the FX bus. If you use a pre-master bus - direct assignment and send from there - you don't have to worry about the mix balance being the same as the master mix into the "Comp" bus.
It's - the second bus - a mult of the main mix.
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Also, keeping in mind that your mix you slaved over for 4 hours is 100% "safe" on the Pre-Master bus, you can also experiment with delaying the comp bus to see how it affects the overall mix of those two busses. A 100% wet delay mix to hold the compression bus back by a millisecond or three, just to see what it sounds like when you mix a little of the delayed / comped bus into the Pre-Master bus. Again, if it sucks turn it off... it's just experimentation.
You never know what you might stumble on sonically. Smash it, delay it a little and maybe spread the stereo width a little. You're only a mute button away from your original masterpiece (or the A/B) so, experiment.
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