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Plug-in Order

Q: When mastering, what order should I run my plug-ins? EQ first, then dynamics, or the other way around?

A: Sorry, there is no single correct answer to this question — every mastering engineer has their own processing order, and may even change it on a per-song basis. In some cases, more than one of each may be used, for example: EQ > compressor > EQ > limiter.

About the only rule — and we use the the word “rule” very loosely — is that typically, if a limiter is used, it will go at the end of the processing chain.

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