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I can't tell if you're asserting the Grammy credential in a defensive
posture. If so, then that means that you felt I was attacking C4
users. If I came across that way, it's my fault and I apologize I
meant to attack the C4 not its users. I hope the difference in spirit
is an important discernment to others on this thread. In other words,
Peace, brothers and sisters.
That being said, I stand by my opinion of the C4. I consider it to be
an outrageously terrible design.
I lead a dual life. I'm a musician for fun and self-expression but I
also work professionally as a mastering engineer. In this work, the
situations that call for multiband dynamic treatment are largely
archival/re-issue projects and I tend to take a purist stance about
this kind of work. I own and use a multiband Tubetech compressor
(smc-2b) which I do not love but vastly prefer to Waves offerings.
There are instances where I will use Waves multiband (the Linear
Multiband, NEVER the C4) plug-ins but I consider them to be a
last-ditch kinda thing.
It is not beyond conception that there are skilled professionals who
have greater affection for the C4 than I do. This is what I love
about the world of audio: even in the forensic world of mastering,
subjectivity is the name of the game.
I was amused/frightened by Mr. McGuire's suggestion that perhaps my
distaste for the C4 might be due to a failure to use make-up gain (!)
I'm trying to avoid a supercilious tone here --- and maybe I don't
visit online forums often enough --- but I would think that the word
"pro" in the name of this forum would preclude the possibility that
anyone posting here would not have a grasp of the concept of make-up
gain. This makes me wonder if maybe Walter Sear's cranky rants in
Tape Op had some merit?
Or perhaps someone should start a forum called
> I've used it probably only 5 times, but each time I got it to do
> *exactly* what I wanted it to do, each time mastering a song I did not
> record or mix myself.
> In fact, one of those songs was on an album I mastered that was
> nominated for a Grammy this year. (Roomful of Blues.)
> David Correia
> Celebration Sound
> Warren, Rhode Island