Almost all 3rd party releases could be used for mastering. Important thing is what do you think is missing in your masters?
First thing I bought at the time were tubes so I could get a better sound for loud rock masters since other vst plug-ins I had couldn't do what I wanted. Now I sort of have a list of releases I'll buy in time.
There are many demo's but first I think best is to compare your masters to professional ones and figure out what you need. You can post sound examples here too some maybe someone else might notice something that could be useful for you.
well my experience is limited with electronica mastering. Alexb has a library called MTP, there's a demo at his website but other presets from this librarys (to me) sounds much better and can be used for mastering (I used them for 1-2 songs for a friend whose into electronica, the improvement was huge). When they will be available again make sure to check them.
What I can also comment is inserting nebula on mix stage really gives life to "too computer sounding" music if that becomes a goal. From my limited experience of mixing electronica, tube library really helped me with this and I guess console programs could work well too.
More than a sample of music, the question is going to come down to what you expect to be doing in 'mastering'. The 'M' word means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. A professional mastering engineer is going to be looking for a somewhat different set of tools than a mixing engineer who is going to DIY some masters.
There's plenty of artists render their digital mastering through tape machine. So the great CDSoundMaster R2R is essential for mastering, at least that's my original intention to buy it for mastering purpose. And I found even batch individual tracks through R2R made a mix more cohesive and easier to mix.
You can buy the mastering pack from CDSoundMaster, especially if you are working on 44.1kHz and don't have a fast computer. It can cover a lot of ground if you like the sound (which is good, a bunch of different flavours there).
If you're more picky, you could make yourself a selection of the equalizers you want to use. The best from my experience are the GEQ (cdsoundmaster) and Mammoth (analoginthebox). You can do a lot with only these two. If you have funds, you can definitely go for the PeakEq and NiceEq (cdsm) and BlackMasterEq (alexb). Having these will give you so much options like only big mastering studios have regarding the choice of eqs.
I have all of them and I admit, I use the individual eqs more than the mastering pack.
I also have the "mastering" preamp from Alex but only found a use for it in the mix, where it is very nice, never in mastering. I tried but it didn't work for me, al least not until today. Sounds too colorful for that. But YMMV.
vicnestE wrote:There's plenty of artists render their digital mastering through tape machine. So the great CDSoundMaster R2R is essential for mastering, at least that's my original intention to buy it for mastering purpose. And I found even batch individual tracks through R2R made a mix more cohesive and easier to mix.
Still don't have that one, I think it's a little bit pricey for a Nebula program but maybe I will get them one day. I'm using the Studder A81 programs with the booster + programs for track rendering. Does the trick quite well I think.