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Mastering Suite

The Mastering Suite is a free plug-in that provides features for improving a mix destined to be played on different endpoints. This all-in-one Audio Device Effect plug-in provides four modules: Parametric EQ, Multiband Compressor, Master Volume, and Limiter. By adjusting these modules in accordance with the characteristics of the connected endpoints and the output environment, it is possible to improve the overall quality of audio output.

[Warning] Warning

Only one instance of the Mastering Suite is supported at any time. This plug-in only operates on the full mix, and is therefore categorized as an Audio Device Effect. See Understanding the Voice Pipeline for more details on the Wwise voice pipeline.

Modules Provided

  1. 6-Band Parametric EQ: filter modes, frequency, resonance, and gain configurable for each band.

  2. 4-Band Compressor: frequency, attack/release times, threshold, ratio, make-up gain, and knee configurable for each band.

  3. Master Volume: volume settings for each channel.

  4. Limiter: soft-knee, hard-knee, and advanced limiting.

The four modules are chained to each other, with a disabled module acting as a bypass. Each module has a check box in the upper-left corner. This allows you to disable the module if it is not needed, or to isolate specific modules for auditioning purposes.

Getting Started

The Mastering Suite is a free plug-in that requires a license to be activated and for SoundBanks to be generated successfully. You can acquire a free license from https://www.audiokinetic.com/products/plug-ins/mastering-suite/.

The Mastering Suite plug-in is meant to be used at the very end of the audio pipeline. For this reason, it can only be inserted on the last Effect slot of the System Audio Device.

The following ShareSets are provided for common use cases:

  • Headphones

  • Home Cinema

  • Night Mode

  • Sound Bar

  • TV