McDSP ML4000 Native v6

Two Mastering Compressor/Limiter Plug-ins - Mac/PC AAX Native, AU, VST, VST3
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McDSP ML4000 Native v6
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An Essential Multiband Mastering Plug-in!

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The McDSP ML4000 native mastering limiter and dynamics plug-in is actually two incredible dynamics processors in one, the ML1 mastering limiter and the ML4 multiband gate, expander, and compressor. Together, these amazing dynamics engines provide you with the power and control to pump up stems and final mixes, giving them the professional gloss that gives tracks that vital "finished" sound. The ML4000 mastering suite is structured so that the multiband ML4 processor feeds directly into the ML1 limiter, giving you total flexibility over the final compression and dynamics stages. Steep 24dB/octave filters carve the ML4's bands into isolated frequencies, allowing you to fine tune specific bands.

Maximum dynamic control

Atypical controls and functions, such as upward expansion maximize loudness, without leaving a noticeable impact on tone. The ML1's brickwall limiting also uses an advanced lookahead to treat peaks smoothly. Further tone-shaping tools such as analog saturation modeling allow you to add warmth and additional vitality to your audio. The result is a sound that's naturally inflated and perceptibly louder, without sounding flat or overcompressed. Ask any Sweetwater Sales Engineer and they'll confirm that the McDSP ML4000 is a great choice for final dynamics processing.

McDSP ML4000 Native Mastering Limiter and Dynamics Plug-in Features at a Glance:
  • Includes two sections, the ML4 multiband gate, expander, and compressor, which feeds into the ML1 mastering limiter
  • Brick wall look-ahead limiter operation
  • Multi-stage peak detection and limiting functions
  • Includes unique limiter Knee and Mode controls
  • Dynamics include both upward and downward multiband gate and expander functions, as well as traditional compression
  • Simultaneous display of gate, expander, and compressor dynamic curves in every band
  • Multiple real-time metering options
  • Adjustable crossover filters
  • Multi-band control linking
  • Analog saturation modeling
  • Double-precision processing
  • Low-latency performance
  • Mono and stereo versions
  • Mac/PC AAX Native, AU, VST, VST3
Pump up your tracks with the McDSP's ML4000 native mastering limiter and dynamics plug-in!

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Tech Specs

Software Type Dynamic processing
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Bit Depth 32-bit (AAX Native), 64-bit (AAX Native, AU, VST, VST3)
iLok Required Yes, iLok2
Format AAX Native, AU, VST, VST3
Hardware Requirements - Mac 4GB RAM minimum
Hardware Requirements - PC 4GB RAM minimum
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.7.2 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Manufacturer Part Number M-PI-MLN-E

Customer Reviews

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Vocal Processor from Heaven

I have been using McDSP plugins for roughly 10 years. Bought the Emerald and Retro Bundles when I was in music school for the educational discount. I love this plugin for main vocal processing the limiter section really helps drive the vocals to the fore front of the mix quickly, it also works great on a drum bus or snare bus in expander mode to help the snare pop out of the mix and well! Gate/Expander/Comp and Limiter at the end of the chain. This truly is meant to be a plugin classic and a must own for any mixer!
Music background: Mix Engineer

McDSP ML4000 wonderful Plug-in suit

I was using McDSP Project studio on Pro Tools 9 MPowered, I have got now Pro Tools 11 and ML4000 Mastering suit plug-in, 2 in one. This is an indispensable one at any pro, project or home studio and with it you can control all band width spectral in mastering process, busting or attenuating the lows, mid range or high frequencies accordingly. Oh! The price is competitive (it cost me only USD 100.00, promotional one). Thanks McDSP and Sweetwater!
Music background: Musician, Composer-Producer and Audio Engineer

Love it

Love it Does what I expected for the price point and then some.
Music background: Sound Design, Recording, mixing, guitarist

Dial in Dynamics across a wide bandwidth

While this was designed for mastering it can be applied in any situation where you are seeking to control the dynamics. Use the ML4000 to sculpt your audio within 4 selectable bandwidths using expansion, gate and compression. The results are excellent. If you are really looking for control the ML4000 offers many user choices to determine how this plug in behaves. Get it-you'll be surprised how much you use it.
Music background: Musician
See also: Mastering Plug-ins, McDSP, McDSP Plug-ins: Bundles, McDSP Mastering Software