Mix Buss Processing! Universal Audio Pultec EQP-1A / SSL G Buss Comp

Hey guys, what’s up? Welcome to another video here.

I wanted to take a look at some mix buss stuff. I get a lot of questions about what I’m using on the mix buss.

Today I have two plug-ins from Universal Audio. I have a Pultec and I have an SSL Buss comp. Let me play you the track and we’ll get into sort of what I’m doing on the mix buss. Here we go.

[mix]

So we’ve got a Hip Hop song, and I’m using two plug-ins on my mix buss.

I’ve got this EQP1-A which is a standard Pultec. I’ve got another video here. I’m not really going to go into details of how this thing is working, but I’ll put a link to it in the description if you want to know what the curves are doing on this thing.

So just keep that in mind. Then I have an SSL G-Buss compressor doing a little bit of compression.

Keep in mind, when you put anything on the mix buss, you are affecting everything, because this is sort of like your final 2-track out. You really want to go for subtle moves here. Subtlety is kind of kind I think, but you can make tiny moves that make big impacts.

So let’s bypass these and let’s talk about what’s going on with this Pultec.

Basically boosting a little 30 and attenuating a little bit as well. Again, very minor. Then on the top end, grabbing a little 12kHz, boosting that. Even less than I’m boosting the bottom. Just kind of make things open.

Another note is I set these up before I start mixing. So this is on the entire time and I’m mixing into it. I don’t add these at the end.

So here we go. Let’s listen to this Pultec and I’ll bypass it on and off.

[mix with and without Pultec]

Again, subtlety. The bottom gets a little more fluffy, the top gets a little brighter, it gets a little more open. It helps with width minimally a little bit, I think.

[mix]

Alright. So that’s the Pultec. Now let’s check out the SSL. Quick rundown of settings, doing an attack of three, ratio four, release at 0.1 here. Again, not doing a lot of compression. Let’s just watch the needle and see what happens.

[mix with SSL]

So yeah, it kind of tightens things up. It helps the low end, brings it together, makes it a little tighter, a little bit. If you ask ten different mixers what you’re using on the mix buss, I almost guarantee you’re going to get ten different answers for the most part.

I started using this combination lately just because. Sometimes I don’t put an EQ on at all. Sometimes I use a Maag EQ and you can grab the Air band and take 40Hz and crank it and get sort of the same effect. Some guys use Pultecs, some guys like — in the analog world, the Shadow Hills mastering comp sounds good.

Other things would be like the Millennia EQ, or the BAX EQ from Dangerous Music, or a Curve Bender also sounds really good.

There’s a ton of options. So anyways, but that’s pretty much the basics. Again, as far as compression goes, if that needle’s touching four I’m nervous. I really don’t want to be crushing it very hard at all. All we’re doing is just kissing it. Rounding it off.

That is my mix buss. I hope you enjoyed the video. Subscribe to the channel if you haven’t already. We do new videos every week. I’ve got some new stuff coming up. A mixing contest I’m putting together. Just got 10,000 subscribers, which is awesome.

So yeah, we’re going to do some cool stuff and I’ll see you in the next video. Later, guys.

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