MJ Cole’s favourite mix­ing tools

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Waves CLA-2A Com­pres­sor Limiter N/A » N/A » $249 “This is the clas­sic go-to vo­cal com­pres­sor and limiter. I find it re­ally good on vo­cal buses and for gen­eral vo­cal glue. I of­ten use it in con­junc­tion with an­other com­pres­sor, nor­mally to­wards the end of the chain.” www.waves.com

Sound­toys De­cap­i­ta­tor 227 » 10/10 » $199 “This is an in­cred­i­bly ver­sa­tile sat­u­ra­tion and dis­tor­tion unit. I use it loads: I like us­ing it to fat­ten drum busses; I use it on bass to add some har­mon­ics up top; and it’s ac­tu­ally re­ally good on lead vo­cals when used very sub­tly.” www.sound­toys.com

UAD 1176 Clas­sic Lim­it­ing Am­pli­fier 181 » 9/10 » £229 “This has been around for ages. It’s just a great em­u­la­tion of the 1176, which I’ve used loads be­fore. I love all lit­tle nu­ances of the hard­ware ver­sion, like push­ing all the ra­tio but­tons in. It’s just an in­dus­try stan­dard that’s great on all sorts of sin­gle-chan­nel stuff.” www.uau­dio.com

Na­tive In­stru­ments Solid Bus Comp 173 » 8/10 » €99 “It’s ba­si­cally an SSL G-se­ries copy, I use this on drum busses a lot, just to give it that SSL punch. I have a set set­ting: I al­ways use quite a long at­tack and short re­lease. It just gives the drums some great glue.” www.na­tive-in­stru­ments.com

Waves L1 Ul­tra­max­i­mizer N/A » N/A » $149 “This is my go-to, in-a-hurry track­ing am­pli­tude har­ness. It’s very low on CPU so you can get away with­out any la­tency even if you’re track­ing – I use it when I’m record­ing just to hold the lev­els tem­po­rar­ily.” www.waves.com

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