Top 5 UAD Master Bus Plugins

Sometimes you don’t have time to go through every single track with EQs, compressors and spatial effects to make a rough mix sparkle for yourself or your clients. You just need something quick. Here are five invaluable UAD plugins to help your roughs sound more like final mixes. You can even download them from UAD for a free trial before you buy.

Manley Massive Passive MST
Make it shine

While the non-“MST” instance of this plug works so well in a vocal chain, you can also use it to help mixes shine. Just inserting it in the master bus makes a big difference. If you struggle with muddy mixes, mushy on the low end, dull on top—a go-to preset that works wonders is “Dull Mix Fix” under the “Master” directory. Click, tweak a few knobs and voilà—instant clarity. Other presets that get a lot of play are “Acoustic Ensemble” and “High End Air.”

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