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John Hudson's "MAX IT" Mastering Simulator Download


Product Description



not compressed and mono sounding

 Try my


Mastering Simulator

Max-up your mixes

push as hard as you like.

I have designed a Pro Tools preset session which you can pass a stereo mix through and it will "MAX-IT".

To get you started, there is an "Easy set up" pdf included in the download.
Monitor your mix through it whilst you are mixing, or use it on stems, or across your finished mixes.

You won't want to mix without it once you have used it.
                                                      .....John Hudson (Soundbuster guru)


  • Does not sound like other mastering plug-ins
  • The stereo image is retained along with the balance.  
  • Add 'tape compression' and 'de-essing' plus a few other tweeks.
  • It uses standard Pro Tools plug-ins and runs on PT 8, 9 and 10.  
  • Easy to import into your mix session

 What do I get

  • When you checkout you will be sent a link to the download files.
  • Download the Soundbuster Max-it Pro Tools session file and 2 instruction/info files (PDF & XL Spreadsheet). 3 files in total. 
  • Don't forget to read the instructions on each track and the comprehensive "How to Max-it" XL sheet.
  • Please look at all the information before you get started.

Use it on various tracks while you are Mixing.

  • I make a separate session and import the regions I want to Max before eq and compression, put them thro the maxit and print/bounce the result and import back into the mix... just line it up with the original on the screen, or Spot it. You can then process it with your fav plugs.  
  • Yeah, it's pretty good, even though I say so myself!!!


Master a whole Album? 

Just duplicate the Aux 1 track and add your song mixes on each track.

There's full details on how to do this included when you purchase the product.


Technical Specification.

This Max-it preset runs on any recent version of Pro Tools, 7, 8, 9, 10

All the plug ins are free Digidesign bundled with your Pro Tools purchase and will run in TDM or Native. (RTAS)


List of plug-ins: 

Soundbuster Preset uses Digidesign EQ3, Comp/Lim3, Dyn3, Maxim,

You will need to have these plugins on your computer. 


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  1. Take your mixing from zero to sixty! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Sep 2016

    My name is Reed Thomas Lawrence and I am a Los Angeles based singer songwriter & musician who has worked w/ names like Dean Butterworth (The Used, Good Charlotte), Adam Topol (Jack Johnson), Chris Joyner (Jason Mraz, Ray Lamontagne), Steve Brewster (Dierks Bentley, Jewel, Little Big Town) Jeff King (Kelly Clarkson, Reba McEntire) and Blair Masters (Jerrod Niemann, Garth Brooks).

    I have always struggled mixing my own music which has limited my work when pitching to artists, labels and producers. Unless I had access to a full studio, & had a big budget for recording/mixing, I could not record & mix at a level that would achieve the sound that the pros were getting. This obstacle held me back for years from being able to freely create & pitch my music due to the fact that my home mixing could not compete w/ what was on the radio and what was being pitched by other top studios & artists.

    After years of tirelessly trying to teach myself the black art of mixing, I finally came across John’s work & his site with countless tools. His mixing templates have helped me not only understand how to properly setup a mix and master session, but they have taught me by seeing how a pro sets his eq, compression, fx and routing for each individual instrument & section. John’s templates, specifically the Max It Mastering Simulator & Soundbuster Pro are some of the best setup templates that actually work like they say they do. With years of experience, John has created the best possible setup for mixing and mastering to take your final mixes to a professional level.

    I finally feel like I am achieving a professional sound thanks to John and his generosity for sharing his skills through years of experience. Thanks John for everything you do and for helping me take my mixes from zero to sixty! Without you I would still be banging my head against a wall trying to learn the intricate art of mixing.

  2. JOHN MAX IT TO JAC SAID 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Jun 2013

    This is what I was looking for. I write songs atm, and wanted to hear a possible final result.
    Max it is a great tool for people who dont have time to learn proper mixing and mastering.
    max it gives a clean punchy sound.
    I wish only John that you will expand tonal availability as well as optional to include better quality plug ins rather than just pro tools available EQ etc; I'd like to see mixing and mastering sessions for different genres etc Otherwise its a great tool. Greetings Jack Majo from Melbourne, Australia, friends with Damian Young Pony Music.

  3. Excellent tool - improved final mixes 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st May 2013

    I've recently purchased this product and I'm really happy with it. Still getting to know it, tweaking and playing around - but the quality of my mixes has already improved significantly. I've tried both in my mixing session and as a finaliser and the results speak for themselves. It keeps clarity, dynamics yet you'll get a louder, punchier sound. I like the combination os the A/B compression - which one can adjust to taste. I'm sure with some more tweaking and getting familiar with how it does what it does I'll get even better results and my mixes will sound as they should. Thanks John, great work as always:)

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