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Mastering with BarkFilter and MagicDeathEyeStereo

edited May 30 in App Tips and Tricks

Signal chain:
BarkFilter → Compressor → Limiter

(“MagicDeathEyeStereo” compressor and “NoLimits” limiter are my favorites)

In Barkfilter:
Open the Tripleband preset.
Switch OFF “Auto Gain”.
Select the “Threshold” tab.
Unlink ALL of the bands.
Save your preset. (I call it AllBand)

Now for the magic:
In Barkfilter’s “Threshold” tab, raise the first two bands as much as you like. :wink:

Save presets at various levels so that you can switch between them and compare.

Have fun and also remember to save your unmastered songs for future experiments.

Here are some UNIVERSAL apps that are great for audio mastering:

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/magicdeatheyestereo-compressor/id1511697460

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/6144-equalizer-by-ddmf/id1127457881

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/nolimits-au-limiter-by-ddmf/id1202923828

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bark-filter/id1257672871

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/stereo-width-control/id1493044617

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/a-b-audio/id1312626953

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/thafknar-record-and-reverb/id572894725

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/aum-audio-mixer/id1055636344

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/audioshare/id543859300

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/audio-evolution-mobile-studio/id1094758623

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/twistedwave-audio-editor/id401438496

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/tb-morphit/id1487595036

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/tb-equalizer/id1473111210

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/tb-barricade/id1480150563

Comments

  • Will this sound good without the magic deatheye?

  • edited May 19

    @Small_paul1976 said:
    Will this sound good without the magic deatheye?

    Yes. Try it with your favorite mastering compressor and limiter.

    MagicDeathEye is my favorite compressor at the moment.

  • Well then, I’ll report back

    @jolico said:
    Signal chain:
    BarkFilter → Compressor → Limiter

    (“MagicDeathEyeStereo” compressor and “NoLimits” limiter are my favorites)

    In Barkfilter:
    Open the Tripleband preset.
    Switch OFF “Auto Gain”.
    Select the “Threshold” tab.
    Unlink ALL of the bands.
    Save your preset. (I call it AllBand)

    Now for the magic:
    In Barkfilter’s “Threshold” tab, raise the first two bands as much as you like. :wink:

    Save presets at various levels so that you can switch between them and compare.

    Have fun and also remember save your unmastered songs for future experiments.

  • If you like using mastering reverb, I would suggest placing it AFTER Barkfilter.

    I like using Thafknar with an impulse response of the Lexicon 480’s “Music Club” preset at 3-4%.

  • Thanks @jolico willl give it a try

  • This app is great for A/B testing between two different mastered tracks.
    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/a-b-audio/id1312626953

  • @jolico said:
    This app is great for A/B testing between two different mastered tracks.
    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/a-b-audio/id1312626953

    Can it load tracks from local iOS “Files”, besides iCloud, Google Drive and other clouds? Thanks!

  • edited May 19

    @rrc2soft said:

    @jolico said:
    This app is great for A/B testing between two different mastered tracks.
    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/a-b-audio/id1312626953

    Can it load tracks from local iOS “Files”, besides iCloud, Google Drive and other clouds? Thanks!

    Yes.

  • @jolico said:

    @rrc2soft said:

    @jolico said:
    This app is great for A/B testing between two different mastered tracks.
    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/a-b-audio/id1312626953

    Can it load tracks from local iOS “Files”, besides iCloud, Google Drive and other clouds? Thanks!

    Yes.

    Cool, thanks! Bought :)

  • @rrc2soft said:

    @jolico said:

    @rrc2soft said:

    @jolico said:
    This app is great for A/B testing between two different mastered tracks.
    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/a-b-audio/id1312626953

    Can it load tracks from local iOS “Files”, besides iCloud, Google Drive and other clouds? Thanks!

    Yes.

    Cool, thanks! Bought :)

    Didn't actually think of this. Thanks for the idea. I'll use Koala Sampler to accomplish the same thing. That way I can have up to 64 tracks to compare and can add effects.
    One shot mode, and using the sampler to rewind, forward, etc. Plus it has the effects I need?

    And it's on Android too? Seriously, thanks for the idea.

    I can change the BPM and tempo to support longer tracks?

    Seriously, I think Koala sampler is an amazing app. And you just showed me a different way of using it.

    @iOSTRAKON Thoughts?

  • I don't own koala, don't know its capabilities, but I highly doubt that its fx section is up for mastering tasks.
    Also it's not about one shot with transport functions but ability to zoom in/loop/compare certain critical parts, tools for quick navigation etc. Usually you don't need more than few versions to compare.

  • The difference between this and koala etc. is that you can run both tracks side by side and switch instantly without jumping to the beginning of the song every time unless you cut up each version into pieces (verse/chorus/bridge etc.), but that’s just a waste of time.

    With this, you can do proper A/B testing instantly.

  • @jolico said:
    The difference between this and koala etc. is that you can run both tracks side by side and switch instantly without jumping to the beginning of the song every time unless you cut up each version into pieces (verse/chorus/bridge etc.), but that’s just a waste of time.

    With this, you can do proper A/B testing instantly.

    But I can do the same in Koala without chopping it. And I can run up to 64 instances at the same time if I wanted, or assign choke points so it's dependent on another.

    What I do is tap "Edit" and move the slider based on what I want to hear. Then I press the pad and it starts again.

    It's weird the first few times that you use it but once you realize the potential, it's insane.

    And I'm not using all the effects. Reverb, compression, panning is usually enough for me.

    Plus, it actually allows me to do things I was never able to do...remix songs I'm hearing AS I'm hearing it.

  • @Samflash3 said:

    @jolico said:
    The difference between this and koala etc. is that you can run both tracks side by side and switch instantly without jumping to the beginning of the song every time unless you cut up each version into pieces (verse/chorus/bridge etc.), but that’s just a waste of time.

    With this, you can do proper A/B testing instantly.

    But I can do the same in Koala without chopping it. And I can run up to 64 instances at the same time if I wanted, or assign choke points so it's dependent on another.

    What I do is tap "Edit" and move the slider based on what I want to hear. Then I press the pad and it starts again.

    It's weird the first few times that you use it but once you realize the potential, it's insane.

    And I'm not using all the effects. Reverb, compression, panning is usually enough for me.

    Plus, it actually allows me to do things I was never able to do...remix songs I'm hearing AS I'm hearing it.

    Sounds like too much of a hassle.

    This will also bring a lot of unnecessary ear fatigue and decision fatigue.

    Whatever floats your goat 🐐

    You will at least acquire advanced Koala ninja skills. :smiley:

  • You can probably set up an A/B comparison in Scatterbrain as well.

  • @richardyot said:
    You can probably set up an A/B comparison in Scatterbrain as well.

    In scatterbrain, you can setup A/B/C/D comparison, but only from one source to 4 sets of processors.

    If your device can handle 4 sets of Barkfilter, MagicDeathEyeStereo (4x oversampling each) and piping them all to a common limiter channel, go for it.

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