T.C. Electronic Mastering 6000

SKU: Mastering 6000 w/TC Icon MKII
$ 19,700.00
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Mastering 6000 is a legacy product, having served in thousands of high-profiled mastering studios since 1999.

Over the years, new mastering algorithms have been introduced, but with the latest incarnation of Mastering 6000 a whole new chapter has been written. 

Mastering 6000 simply comes with more pristine tools under the hood than ever before.

Tailored entirely for mastering, you will not find a more complete high-end mastering solution anywhere. 

  • Tailored for Mastering

    A Complete Suite of Tools for Those All-important Mastering Sessions
  • Give Your Master Track A Treat

    Extremely Flexible and Musical Dynamics Control. Loudness Metering, Upconversion and Hi-res EQ 
  • System 6000 MKII Platform

    The Audio Backbone of Thousands of Music and Film Studios Around the World

Tailored for Mastering

 

As the name implies, Mastering 6000 is all about audio mastering.

Starting in the 80's, we pioneered the field of digital audio and later we did the same regarding perceived loudness. Since then, we have provided the pro audio and broadcast markets with state-of-the-art tools.

With Mastering 6000 we have collected all of the tools we know the world's most respected mastering engineers use with System 6000.  

In other words, it has become even easier for you to find the right combination of tools for this legendary platform. We have simply gathered and pre-installed the full package so the system is ready to perform right out of the box. 

Treat Your Master Track

 

Mastering 6000 includes the finest stereo and multichannel dynamics tools known to audio: MDX 5.1, MD 5.1, MD3 and MD4. All of these algorithms work with multiple bands of dynamics control, and as a final safety net, you also get the legendary Brickwall 2 Limiter. 

EQ is also essential in mastering, so we have added EQ 5.1 and the amazing MDW Hires EQ by George Massenburg Labs.  

To meet loudness delivery specs for broadcast, you also get the LM6 Loudness Radar Meter, and if you need to deliver in 5.1 surround, UnWrap HD lets you upconvert a stereo signal into a convincing 5.1 surround version. 

Finally, you will get Matrix 88, Varipitch 8 and Tolbox 5.1 for your surround mastering sessions.  

Proven Platform

 

The hardware platform of Mastering 6000 has been tested intensively in the most demanding production environments since 1999. 

You will find System 6000 in literally thousands of world-leading mastering, recording, film and post studios all over the world, and in quite a few OB vans and broadcast production studios as well.

The platform has won no less than three of the prestigious TEC Awards over the years. In 2000 for the original System 6000, in 2005 for Mastering 6000 and in 2010 for System 6000 MKII.

 

Mastering 6000 Tools

Music 6000 algoer

The latest incarnation of Mastering 6000 comes with all of the algorithms that was included with the original version - Multichannel as well as Stereo tools.

On top of that, you get a lot of additional algorithms that are invaluable in mastering, including UnWrap HD, our LM6 Loudness Radar Meter and the state-of-the-art MDW EQ by George Massenburg Labs and more.

Below, you will find a complete list of the tools included with Mastering 6000.

Multichannel Mastering

Use multichannel presets as templates for 5.1 limiting, optimization, DVD mastering and film to DVD transfers. Our presets are great starting points for Time Alignment, Bass Management and Downmix functions meeting international standards.


MD 5.1
Compressor, Expander and Limiter for multichannel signals in one algorithm. Extensive linking and priority parameters enable you to control your processing with precision.

Toolbox 5.1
Support your surround productions with a palette of various Level, Test, Bass Management and Downmix tools.

MDX 5.1
High-resolution dynamics processor for multichannel signals. This algorithm gives you a sophisticated approach to dynamic range control.

EQ 5.1
Six mono channels of 4-band fully parametric EQ. Use this analog-sounding effect alone or in conjunction with other algorithms.

Stereo Mastering
Our three stereo mastering algorithms are the absolute high-end tools for Multiband Compression, EQ, Expanding, Normalizing, and Brickwall Limiting. The result: nothing less than a flawless sound for every end listener.

MD4
Advanced, high-resolution, multiband dynamics algorithm that includes the innovative DXP mode, allowing you to lift up low-level detail individually in each band.

MD3
This high-resolution, multiband dynamics processor has been the industry standard for more than a decade. It will split your audio into individual frequency bands before expanding and compressing.

Brickwall Limiter 2
The ultimate True-peak protection of your signal without sacrificing loudness. We've designed this processor to show if a signal is contaminated with 0dBFS+ peaks - and to remove them.


Matrix 88
Digital 8-Channel Mixer. Achieve maximum resolution with the intelligent limiter, advanced digital summing mixer, accurate delays and bit pattern transparency.

Additional Mastering 6000 Tools
On top of the dedicated Mastering tools, you also get the essential UnWrap HD algorithm for turning stereo into surround and the finest loudness meter on the market - our LM6 Loudness Radar Meter. Plus the pristine MDW EQ by George Massenburg Labs and VariPitch8.

UnWrap HD

Our UnWrap HD algorithm is the go to upconverter for film and mastering professionals. The sheer sound quality you achieve during upconversion is unrivalled and can be heard in countless cinema movies and music tracks.

LM6
Complete loudness overview at a glance, including Loudness History, Momentary Loudness, True Peak Level and universal descriptors that can show e.g. Program Loudness, Loudness Range.

MDW HiRes EQ
There can be absolutely no doubt that George Massenburg has a great sense of audio, and the MDW® HiRes EQ has been developed strictly to his personal specifications. As the MDW® design complements the TC Electronic EQ alternatives, you simply get the opportunity to choose between several desirable EQ flavors, each with their own specific advantages.

VariPitch8
High-quality pitch change, chorus and double tracking. Quite simply the best, most unobtrusive pitch control device you will ever find.

Technical Specifications


TC Icon MKII
Display Type:
6,5 TFT active matrix color LCD display
640 x 480 pixels resolution High luminance (300 cd/m2, typ.)

Touch screen:
Resistive, 20 gram activation force

Faders:
Six (6), 90mm motorized with touch sensitivity

Connection:
36-pin MDR connection for Remote CPU 6000 MK II 

General
Finish:
Natural color anodized aluminum. Stand plate in brushed stainless steel

Dimensions:
D x W x H front x Hback: 11 x 7.8 x 1.3 x 3.9 inches (279 x 198 x 33 x 100 mm)

Weight
5.56 Ib (2,51 kg)

Warranty, Parts and labor:
3 Years

EMC
Complies with:
EN 55103-1 and EN 55103-2, FCC part 15 class B, CISPR 22 class B

Environment

Operating Temperature:
32° F to 122° F (0° C to 50° C)

Storage Temperature:
-22° F to 167° F (-30° C to 70° C)

Humidity:
Max. 90 % non-condensing 

Safety

Certified to:
IEC 60065, EN 60065, UL 6500 and CSA E65 

Mainframe 6000 MKII

Digital Inputs and Outputs
Connectors:
SUB-D, 25 pole (8 channels AES/EBU in/out)

Formats:
AES/EBU (24 bit)

Word clock input:
BNC, 75 Ohm or Hi-Z, 0.6 to 10 Vpp

Internal sample rate:
96 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 48.0 kHz, 44.1 kHz

Internal clock precision:
+/- 30 ppm

Jitter rejection at external sample rates:
30 to 34 kHz, 42.5 to 45.5 kHz, 46.5 to 48.5 kHz, 85 to 91 kHz and 93 to 97 kHz.

Rejection filter (4'th order):
< -3 dB @ 50 Hz, < -65 dB @ 500 Hz, < -100 dB @ 1.4 kHz Rejection filter peak (jitter gain) < 1 dB @ 2 Hz

Intrinsic interface jitter:
< 1 ns peak, BW : 700 Hz to 100 kHz

Digital output phase:
< 3 % of sample period

Input variation before sample slip:
+27 % / -73 % of sample period

Output Dither:
HPF/TPDF dither 8-24 bit mono

Processing Delay:
0.15 ms + 0.21 ms per engine @ 48 kHz, 0.07 ms + 0.1 ms per engine @ 96 kHz

Frequency Response DIO:
DC to 23.9 kHz ± 0.01 dB @ 48 kHz, DC to 47.9 kHz ± 0.01 dB @ 96 kHz

PCMCIA Interface
Connector:
PC Card, 68 pin type 1 cards

Standards:
PCMCIA 2.0, JEIDA 4.0

Card Format:
Supports up to 2 MB SRAM

Control Interface

MIDI:
In/Out/Thru: 5 Pin DIN
GPI, Pedal, Fader:
¼ TS jack, 0 ohm to 50 kohm

Remote:
Custom MIDI In & Out

SMPTE:
Input for Cuelist Management

Ethernet:
10/100 Mbits/s, Base-T


EMC

Complies with:
EN 55103-1 and EN 55103-2, FCC part 15 class B, CISPR 22 class B 


Safety

Certified to:
IEC 60065, EN 60065, UL 6500 and CSA E65


Environment

Operating Temperature:

32° F to 122° F (0° C to 50° C)

Storage Temperature:
-22° F to 167° F (-30° C to 70° C)

Humidity:
Max. 90 % non-condensing

General


Finish:
Natual color anodized aluminum face plate. Painted and plated steel chassis

Dimensions:
19 x 3.5 x 12 inches (483 x 89 x 305 mm)

Weight:
19 lbs. (8,6 kg)

Mains Voltage:
100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz (auto-select)

Power Consumption:
45 watts

Backup Battery Life:
>10 years

Warranty, Parts and labor:
1 year

Remote CPU 6000 MKII


CPU

Connectors:

Embedded AMD Geode LX-800, 500MHz

System disc:
512MB CompactFlash Card

System Memory:
256MB SO DIMM 200-pin DDR SDRAM

Operating system:
Windows Embedded Standard


Connections:

Ethernet interface:

Two separated 10/100 Mbits/s TC Network (fixed IP) and firewalled internet network (dynamic IP). Standard IEEE 802.3u protocol compatible on RJ-45 connectors.

USB interface:
Two Universal Serial Bus ports, USB 2.0 compliant (for connection of TCE products, e.g. Reverb4000, DB2)

COM interface:
Two RS-232 serial communication ports. SUB-D 9 pin (for connection of TCE products, e.g. P2, DB2)

Keyboard/Mouse:
Mini-DIN connector supports standard PC/AT keyboard and a PS/2 mouse.

External display:
VGA output, SUB-D 15 pin

Remote:
36-pin connection for TC Icon mk II

EMC
Complies with:

EN 55103-1 and EN 55103-2, FCC part 15 class B, CISPR 22 class B


Safety

Certified to:

IEC 60065, EN 60065, UL 6500 and CSA E65


Environment

Operating Temperature:

32° F to 122° F (0° C to 50° C)

Storage Temperature:
-22° F to 167° F (-30° C to 70° C)

Humidity:
Max. 90 % non-condensing


General
Finish:

Natural color anodized aluminum face plate. Painted and plated steel chassis

Dimensions:
19 x 1.75 x 8.2 inches (483 x 44 x 195 mm)

Weight:
4,8 Ib. (2,2 kg)

Mains Voltage:
100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz (auto-select)

Power Consumption:
50 watts

Backup Battery Life:
>10 years

Warranty, Parts and labor:
3 Years

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