Well, technically this is not a review but this video will give you a really good idea on how good it can sound. It will also let you hear if it’s better, equal to or worse than IK Multimedia’s own Sontec MES-432C mastering equalizer plugin.
Most of the hit records that you hear are mixed on large format Solid State Logic consoles. SSL gear is not cheap at all…but now with Acustica Audio’s latest release, you can get close to the sound of the top dawgs.
SAND3 gives you not one, not two but FIVE equalizer modules. -A: 4000 G – B 5000 – C 9000 J – +E 4000 E clone – +G 8000 GB clone Source
For the intro sale price of about $68 that would be more than enough…but Acustica have also included three compressors as well. Two variations of the classic quad buss compressor AKA “the glue”. Plus the new channel strip compressor, which should help make your drums pop!
I almost forgot to mention, their extensive new saturation options. You get 56 samplings of mic preamps, line inputs and group/mix busses to complete your virtual SSL console.
See the video description or pinned comment for some of my sources.
The album Hybrid Theory was recorded at NRG Recording Studios, which is a top of the line studio in Los Angeles, CA One Step Closer, the song being analyzed in this video, was Linkin Park’s debut single and it along with several other singles propelled them to worldwide rock stardom. Hybrid Theory. To date, it has sold over 32 million copies making it the best selling rock album of the 21st century.
Brad Delson, lead guitarist for Linkin Park, uses the equipment that I’ve listed on screen. Some or all of this gear was used to record the songs on the Hybrid Theory album.
A few tips for recording high gain electric guitars:
It’s best to be set everything up separate from the cabinet itself, so that you are hearing the amp through a microphone then through control room speakers and not in person. This is also where a DynaMount remote microphone placer helps out.
For EQ, set flat on the amp. Flat settings depend on the amp but are usually labeled at zero but it could be another setting. Tune up then play an E note to set bass, play an A for mids and D for the treble control. Tone and volume controls on the guitar itself also need to be set.
Back off the gain. You should have just enough for that metal sound but not too much that it destroys your string attack and turns it to mush.
Record layered guitars. Pan left and right 100 and 80, four different tracks. Triple tracking can also work. The playing must be very tight. Re-tune after every take. Bridge vs. neck pickups or change the guitar for another brand with different style pickups.
Mike Shinoda also plays guitars here and there. Early on, he was an Ibanez user, particularly the RG120 and RG2020X models. He could also be seen playing the PRS Santana SE and PRS Standard 24.
Rob Bourdon is LP’s drummer. GMS Drum Company drum set is listed in the liner notes along with Paiste cymbals. Other gear is shown on screen.
Remo Ambassador heads. Gibraltar hardware.
Vater American Hickory 5B wood tip sticks.
DW double kick pedal.
To my understanding, Linkin Park’s bassist did not play on the album. Studio musicians Scott Koziol, Ian Hornbeck and also Brad Delson shared the low end string duties. Koziol is credited as the bassist for “One Step Closer” in the liner notes and is featured in the music video.
For curiosity’s sake, here is Dave “Phoenix” Farrell’s equipment rig:
As for the electronic elements…they Mr. Joe Hahn and Mr. Mike Shinoda used a bunch of stuff. I’ll leave it at that.
Chester recorded with a Telefunken ELA M 251. The one shown on screen is the actual one that was used during Hybrid Theory’s recording sessions. I’ll post a link to that below as well.
For the rest of the video, where you can hear the mix stems, you’ll need to go to Real Home Record dot com and find the link. Thanks for watching and don’t forget to tap that thumbs up button if you learned something from this video.
Possibly a Paul Reed Smith CE 24 guitar.
DiMarzio Dropsonic AKA D-Sonic bridge pickups
D’Addario strings. .010 set, .049 on low E.
Drop D tuning
Various Boss pedal effects, going through the effects loop post amplifier.
Ibanez RG7620, 7 string guitars may have also been used for layering.
Marshall 1959SLP 100W but not on this song. Mesa Boogie slant or Recto
Mesa Boogie 100W Dual Rectifier amplifiers. Brad Delson also uses a
Traditional 4×12 cabinets with Celestion Vintage 30 speakers.
An EBTech eight-channel hum eliminator serves as Delson’s effects loop,
running everything through channel selectors.
Microphones: Shure Beta 57 or maybe a Royer 121 or Heil PR30
But for curiosity’s sake, here is Dave “Phoenix” Farrell’s equipment rig:
Music Man Stingray, Fender Precision Bass and Ernie Ball Stingray as well.
Dean Markley Blue Steel strings.
Dunlop Tortex Standard 0.88mm pick
Ampeg SVT-CL, Ampeg PN-410HLF and Ampeg SVT-810E cabinets.
If you work in the video profession, you know that addressing frame rate mismatches, resolution disparities, file format incompatibility and media encoding for different specs is a daily need. That’s where programs like TMPGEnc Video Mastering Works come in.
If you need to mix a variable frame rate vertical video that was recorded at 60 frames per second and 1080p but need to mix it with a constant frame rate standard definition clip that was recorded at 60 interlaced and of course a 4:3 aspect ratio then upscale all of that to 4K at 24p…Mastering Works 7 can handle it. Add a blurry zoomed in copy underneath the vertical video like the TV shows normally do? Mastering Works can do that too! All in the same clip and encoded into a broadcast quality format.
Change title/action safe guidelines to a different color? Not a problem in TMPW. Top Field First to Bottom Field First interlace conversion? It can handle that too! It has a Waveform and Vectorscope too.
Now in version 7, the best in my opinion just got a little better. It of course supports more file formats, it thankfully retains its professional no nonsense interface and most importantly it rarely if ever crashes. The editing capability has expanded from version 6 and…
The manual linked to an online web site. This is a good and bad thing. Is a PDF available?
Who needs it?
People who want to convert/transcode videos from one format to another. It is truly professional grade software.
Bluray/DVD ripping to your desired format, as long as it isn’t copyright protected.
Basic and advanced editing capabilities.
High Precision de-interlacing
High end frame rate conversion (30p to 24p and 60i to 24p inverse telecine)
Requires at least 2 GB of RAM. Honestly if you are working with videos and using less than 8 GB in 2019 you need to cut it out.
Motion Adaptive algorithm avoids the weaknesses of bob and weave algorithms by using bob deinterlacing for moving areas of the image and weave deinterlacing for still area.
All color spaces and bits per pixel per color plane are supported, although a YCbCr color space is used internally for high memory bandwidth configurations with video over film cadence detection.
If the motion computed from the current and the previous pixels is higher than the stored motion value, the stored motion value is irrelevant. The function uses the computed motion in the blending algorithm, which then becomes the next stored motion value. However, if the computed motion value is lower than the stored motion value, the following actions occur:
The blending algorithm uses the stored motion value.
The next stored motion value is an average of the computed motion and of the stored motion.
This computed motion means that the motion that the blending algorithm uses climbs up immediately, but takes about four or five frames to stabilize. The motion-adaptive algorithm fills in the rows that are missing in the current field by calculating a function of other pixels in the current field and the three preceding fields as shown in the following sequence:
Superior 29.97p to 24p interpolation method: de-interlace filter and (24 fps Combing Reduction)
Doesn’t support audio passthru.
Motion Adaptive High Quality (Sobel Edge Interpolation)
Motion Adaptive High Quality (Sobel edge interpolation) is the highest quality algorithm, applying a merged bob and weave based upon the amount of motion detected, and in areas of high motion applying a Sobel-based edge detection algorithm to interpolate between two pixels. Source: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/programmable/documentation/bhc1411020596507.html#bbq1494500213630
– Normal vs. Timeline mode
– Color Correction
– Hardware acceleration for faster encoding. Software encoding is the higher quality option for lower bitrates.
– VST support. I’d love an option to disable individual plugins, because one keeps giving me an error message at startup.
– Undo/redo functions
– File relinking when files go missing
– Supports Mastering Works 5 and 6 project files
– Right-click start up screen to clear the recents.
– Save under the Options menu
– Save as Project Archive is VERY handy!
– Quick preview is also handy.
– Proxy file creation, in case your computer can’t keep up while editing.
– Convert HDR video to SDR.
– Supports Look Up Tables.
– Docking and re-framing of the panels
– Clip grouping
– Lossless compression with VP9 and FLAC Output to Uncompressed video formats is also supported under AVI output.
– Animation easing
– VC-1 and DTS Audio is not supported.
– Does not support the AV1 video codec.
– Does not appear to support newer image file formats such as webp, FLIF, heif or AVIF.
– Pre-rendering button (Red dot and arrow button, clip edit normal mode, to the left of the transport controls)
– Opus bitrates are limited
– Source Wizard is where the magic happens.
Import all kinds of sources included non-copy protected DVDs/Bluray discs, ISO file importation is also possible. Windows Media Center recorded files and even photo files.
– Does not support DVC Pro HD files in a Quicktime .mov container. Neither does Magix Vegas Pro 15. But…Handbrake does.
– Test deinterlacing and pulldown methods on small clips with motion and non-motion.
– Does it support REDCode? Nope. You need to convert using the free RED CINE X Pro app.
Data copied to the HDD is not deleted, even after outputting the project. If the files are useless once you complete your work, manually delete the appropriate data in the folder specified in the [Destination Folder], or you can use the [Advanced Tools] > [Work File Manager] to delete the files.
The nice thing is, chapter and keyframe info is imported.
Advanced Tools has a Multiplexer and Demultiplexer.
[When importing data saved in a Blu-ray disc or memory media]
You should specify the top-most directory folder such as [BDMV] since the Blu-ray and AVCHD contain many information files which comprise the Blu-ray (AVCHD).
– If importing DVDs or other similar sources doesn’t work, try the MPEG-2 TS/PGMX/MXF option.
In the case of a TS file, a [Playlist] is the entire video file, a [Program] is a collection of files split by scene, etc. Select the [Playlist] if you want to add the entire file, select one or more [Program] if you want to add only some of the programs embedded in the playlist.
– Asset import = a .tvmw7clip file. Timelime mode –> Save as an Asset
– Color Management, excellent! The importance of this cannot be understated. Incorrect color space and gamma detection can wreck havoc on videos.
“If the color space of the source file is mixed, or if the color space of the output is going to be different from the color space in the source file, you can use the Color Management settings to set the working color space.”
For an SD size DVD, Blu-ray or a common MP4 file, you would normally set it as [ITU-R BT.709] (Color Primaries: ITU-R BT.709, Transfer Characteristics: ITU-R BT.709).
If you want to output a wide range gamut file, for example for output for an HDR monitor, you would normally set it as [ITU-R BT.2020] (Color Primaries: ITU-R BT.2020, Transfer Characteristics: ITU-R BT.2020).
The processing order of the color space is processed from [Source video] > [Working color space] > [Filtering] > [Output setting’s color space].
– Downrezzing from 4K to 1080p or 720p looked fine. Downrez from 4K to SD interlaced looked bad/flickering. So, deinterlace to 480/60p first and then interlace that footage. Unless there is a way to interlace last?
The Filters go top to bottom, as per the standard.
Under the Clip Properties, look for the drop down menu next to Browse.
Add filter is awkward. Right click the edit line to add it. If you move your clip the effects don’t move with it.
– Want to blur a part of the screen? Using the mask filter! Set parameters then double click to add it.
Automatic playback allows for slow motion! Hold down shift while moving your mouse around.
Useful Normal Mode Filters (under Add Filter button)
Unlike a lot of catch-all software, the effects aren’t half-baked. They work very well. They weren’t tossed in as an after thought for marketing purposes.
Change filter order (drag and drop)
Speed (slow motion or fast motion)
Precision video denoiser
Chroma keyer (awesome but needs a garbage matte option)
VST 2.4 audio plugins are supported but it’s not very stable. You’re better off mixing your audio externally.
– I was disappointed that smart rendering was not included this time around.
– Supports iVDR
– No FFV1 output
– User manual doesn’t explain why the user may want to choose one codec over another.
– 30 day trial
– Set up preferences first if you are an advanced user.
For those looking for a Langevin 258-A, 259-A or Federal Television Corporate AM-864U plugins, look no further. Fuse Audio Labs has you covered and in this video you’ll hear them in action:
The thing I like about Fuse Audio is they model esoteric gear that most of us have probably never heard of. Instead of doing the typical LA-2A, Fairchild or 1176 thing, they are over in left field looking for four leaf clovers. I respect that.
Langevin EQ 258-A Program Equalizer. Similar to the Pultec. Zero phase shifting.
Langevin EQ 259-A – Passive Filters
Fuse Audio VCL-864U = Federal AM-864. Review it with the VQP bundle
Compare Acustica Aquamarine’s EQ to the Fuse 258a.
– A 1950s era hardware emulation. It was one of the cleanest equalizer designs around back then.
The user manual says that Fuse rebuilt the original unit.
The interesting thing with this EQ is that the cut frequencies are fixed at 100 Hz and 10 kHz, respectively. The selection is for boosting, The low hand is a low shelf filter and the high band boost is a proportional Q peaking filter. The high band cut is a shelf filter.
The gold screw, which is easy to miss, is a an output gain trim control. 259-A: Out/in is the bypass switch. The Low Freq and High Freq controls are
mostly self explanatory. 18 dB per octave filters. On the right, you can control which filters are active.