Saturday, February 28, 2015

Review and Tutorial: Fabfilter Pro Mb

Hello and welcome to this week's article!
Today we're going to talk about another Fabfilter product, the Multiband Compressor Fabfilter Pro Mb.
If you have read our Multiband Compression article you will already know that a Multiband Compressor is s tool that sets itself halfway between a Compressor and an Equalizer, because it lets you Compress frequences selectively, with the result of a gain attenuation (or expansion, since this unit works as an expander too) only in a certain frequency area and only when triggered, unlike an Equalizer that, once set, works continuously.
Multiband compressors usually come handy when dealing with a multi instrument track, for example in the Mastering Phase, since if we have to deal with a single instrument track often we can shape the tone with a traditional single band compressor and an equalizer, but some sound engineer likes to use a Multiband comp in the single tracks too, because this way the compression can be less invasive and more transparent, and can help us limiting the use of an Equalizer (remember, the more we intervene on a sound with an Eq, the farther we move it from the original sound, making it more and more digital).
This particular Multiband Compressor, the Pro Mb, is a Swiss Knife of useful tools: it has up to six bands that can be Compressed or Expanded, an internal Sidechain function that for example compresses a certain area when another area is activated, Mid Side Processing (which means that you can compress for example the low frequences set in the center of the mix and the high frequences of the cymbals panned on the extreme left and right leaving the central highs untouched), and a good Frequency Analyzer that lets us see in real time how we are affecting the track.
Overall this tool is another suggested plugin, because it lets us get rid of at least a couple of other plugins in our Vst chain, and we really hope that Fabfilter will create someday a handy Channel Strip with Gate, Eq, Comp (with analyzer) and Saturation  just to make us load One single plugin per channel!

- Up to six processing bands, freely placed anywhere in the spectrum, which can be easily snapped together to form a traditional crossover system

- Unique Dynamic Phase processing mode featuring zero latency, no static phase changes and no pre-ringing artifacts

- Fully customizable per band: threshold, range, attack, release, output gain, ratio, variable knee, lookahead (up to 20 ms), variable stereo linking, mid- or side-only processing, external side chain input, triggering on a separate frequency range

- Global dry/wet mix from 0% to 200% to easily scale the total effect of the plug-in

- Accurate and smooth real-time frequency analyzer with pre- and post-processing options and 'freeze' feature, with Precise output metering

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