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.