TC Electronic Finalizer 96K

24-Bit/96kHz Multi-Band Mastering Processor
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Make Your Mix Radio Ready in a Flash!

The latest progression in TC's Multi-Award winning mastering technology - the Finalizer 96K - delivers unprecedented levels of clarity, warmth and punch to your mix.

The Finalizer 96K's all new set of advanced features and enhancements, including 96kHz internal and external processing truly puts the world of professional mastering within reach of every studio - large or small. Inserted between the stereo output of your mixer or workstation and your master recording media, the Finalizer 96K dramatically enhances your material, creating that "radio ready" sound - previously unattainable outside a professional mastering house.

What does the FInalzer 96K do?

When you use the Finalizer 96K you can easily enhance the Dynamics of your mix while you mix. Inserted between the Stereo output of your mixer or DAW and your DAT or CDR, it enhances the dynamics and ensures optimal Analog to Digital conversion.

  • Convert: 24bit/96kHz resolution A/D and D/A converters, Format conversion (AES/EBU, S/PDIF and Tos-link) ADAT interface (track bounce)
  • Sample Rate Conversion: Enter and exit at any Sample Rate e.g. 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96kHz and make even asynchronous conversion possible
  • Shape: Five band 24bit Stereo Digital Equalizer
  • Enhance: Choose between Dynamic EQ, Stereo Adjust, Digital Radiance Generator and Spectral Stereo Image
  • Normalize: Real-time Gain Maximizer
  • Expand: Variable Slope multiband Expander
  • Squeeze: Multiband Compressor
  • Trim: Variable Ceiling multiband Limiter
  • Fade: Manual or Auto Fade Tool
  • Dither: Maintain the highest resolution at the digital AES/EBU and S/PDIF outputs, Tos-link and ADAT
  • Balance: L/R balance in 0.1dB steps

In short, all the tools you need are provided in the Finalizer 96K and makes it essential in your studio.

True 24 bit/khz Performance

New features have been added to the Finalizer 96K. It has been updated with new true 24bit resolution A/D and D/A converters. Sample Rate Converter translates AES/EBU, S/PDIF and Tos input to the Finalizer's internal or external rate. The Finalizer 96K is now able to perform full Up- and Down Sampling, and the Sample Rate Conversion rate is e.g. 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96kHz.

The ADAT interface enables you to freely choose 2 ADAT channels and direct them to other channels on the ADAT. This enables you to bounce tracks while processing the sound with the Finalizer's unique features. Finalize your mix and turn it into a masterpiece.

Simple Versatility

The Finalizer 96K gives you all the features you need to add the finishing touch to your mix. The Finalizer 96K's multiband processor will make your mix sound punchier and crispier. With the Finalizer 96K you can easily turn your demo tapes into finished recordings. You just decide what your recordings should sound like and the Finalizer 96K will make it happen.

If you prefer using an external device and insist on using it, the Finalizer 96K gives you the ability to insert it, using the analog inputs or Digitally via AES/EBU, S/PDIF or Tos-link. The Finalizer 96K also gives you the choice of inserting internal effects, this if useful for you when you e.g. want to refine the overall EQ before compressing the signal.

Analizer Functions

The Finalizer 96K features a wide range of extremely useful analyzer functions: Phase Correlation Meter, Level Flow Meter, Peak Hold Meter and Digital I/O Status. Even a Calibration Tone Generator is included in the Finalizer 96K.

Making it Easy

The successful Wizard function is naturally a part of the Finalizer 96K and it will immediately calculate an optimal setting for your material. The more experienced user may tweak the signal path extensively with more than 90 parameters to choose from. All of the Finalizer's functions are easily monitored on the graphic LCD and on the seven precision LED meters.


The use of dithering is very important when interfacing digitally between audio equipment. When resolution is changed from higher to lower, dithering is necessary to minimize distortion. In the Finalizer 96K you have the user friendly TPDF Dithering. The output resolution of the Finalizer 96K is 24bit, when the receiver of the Finalizer signal has a lower resolution, output Dither must be applied to equal the resolution of the receiver. You can Dither from 8-22bits. If your low level signals are in Stereo, Uncorrelated Dither is the best choice, if they are in Mono, Correlated Dither will be the most unobtrusive. If the low level signals are unfocused, Inverse Dither may be your best choice.

Finalizer 96K Algorithms

The Recall page takes you step by step through a carefully selected list of 30 presets suitable for any type of source material. There are presets for Classical, Rock, Commercials, Jazz, Techno, Live etc. When you want to create your own special preset, call up the Wizard. Just answer four basic questions about your source material and the type of processing you require and the Wizard will optimize your material fast and easy.

TC Electronic Finalizer 96K Features:
  • 24/96 resolution A/D, D/A converters
  • 45kHz bandwidth; high dynamic range
  • Multi band stereo enhancement
  • Mono, stereo, and inverse user-defined dithering
  • Real time sample rate conversion that supports sample rates from 32kHz to 48kHz. The Word Clock in, AES/EBU or SPDIF inputs may act as the master clock.
  • ADAT port for direct analog to lightpipe stereo conversion.
  • Word clock input (RCA)
  • Ultra stable digital clock
  • Two block insert points including parametric EQ, dynamic EQ, De-essing w/ variable Q, MS encode/decode, digital radiance generator, stereo adjust, and external device insert. Plus precise left & right balance in the input path.
  • Able to insert digital equipment into an all digtal path so you can use your vintage gear into the Finalizer digital chain.
  • Able to insert digital equipment into an all analog path so you can utilize another AES/SPDIF processor with the Finalizer's analog I/O.

Additional Media

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Tech Specs

Number of Channels 2
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR
Analog Outputs 2 x XLR
Digital Inputs 1 x XLR (AES/EBU), 1 x S/PDIF (Optical), 1 x S/PDIF (Coax)
MIDI I/O In/Out/Thru
Rack Spaces 1U
Manufacturer Part Number 950100211

Customer Reviews

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An essential tool for my studio

I've used my Finalizer 96K for every mix since '98. It has long been an essential part of my system. The Finalizer has always gotten a bad wrap because people don't use it properly. Like any good tool a little goes a long way. Before there were the Maximizer-type plug-ins there was the Finalizer. It can be used as a Maximizer/Enhancer, a Mastering processor or as a digital toolkit. Digital eq, De-esser, Dynamic eq, Sample rate convertor, A-D convertor, Harmonic enhancer (with the digital radiance generator) MS encoder/decoder (Mid/side) and Mono-Stereo width adjustment tool. All of these are available as plug-ins now, but with my hybrid Pro Tools Analog summing system the Finalizer is my A-D back into Pro Tools. I often start with preset # 9 "Subtle Compression" which works more like a 'loudness" button than a compressor. It gives my mix a punch and clarity that used to take hours to achieve.
Music background: Producer/Engineer/Mixer

Master your own domain...

Music technology has never been so progressive. Now, anyone can master their songs without the hassle of sending out finished tracks to expensive mastering houses that charges by the hour. With this, you can master your songs as you please no matter how many you have. If you've got the time, you're the master of your own domain. The sky is the limit. This product is truly powerful!
Music background: Recording engineer, producer, pro musician, hobbyist

Master Section

With so many products flooding the audio market and sucking up the hard earned dollars of enthusiasts everywhere, it’s nice to find a unit that is a true tool and is totally unconcerned with hype or some magical flavor or color that will make the band down the street sound like the Beatles. The Finalizer is branded as a mastering unit but I like to think of it as a master section from a digital console. It does have stereo conversion going both ways, so it can be a useful bridge between the DAW and analog outboard. Yes, it can even be used as a tracking converter when needed. The processors are simple and unfettered… this one is all about the talent of the engineer. Unless you have the ears to hear detail, it will not take your music to the next level. It excels at small adjustments… be judicious. Overall a nice tool that I don’t regret purchasing.
Music background: Engineer & Musician

jus ok

this is not the way to go nowadays the sound is very harsh and boxy, this machine has a one track mind that you cant escape, and just a little compression enhances the high end frequencies from 9 threw 14k you will need a good de-esser or cut to 7k and below for a useable sound, i found the ad converters to be excellent but the processing is a bit to extreme for my taste.
Music background: engineer producer
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