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 MasteringA Complete Suite of Tools for Those All-important Mastering Sessions
Give Your Master Track A TreatExtremely Flexible and Musical Dynamics Control. Loudness Metering, Upconversion and Hi-res EQ
System 6000 MKII PlatformThe 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.
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.
Bob Katz on Mastering with System 6000
Bob Katz is a legendary mastering engineer, the author of the book "Mastering Audio - the art and the science" and a long-time user of our System 6000 platform. Bob Katz has mastered 3 Grammy awarded albums.
"The MD4 algorithm is a Finalizer on steroids. TC removed the limitations from the original Finalizer, then added new features along with ease of use. I use this a lot as a parallel compressor as it can clarify, phatten and add punch."
Mastering 6000 Tools
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.
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.
Compressor, Expander and Limiter for multichannel signals in one algorithm. Extensive linking and priority parameters enable you to control your processing with precision.Learn More About MD 5.1
Support your surround productions with a palette of various Level, Test, Bass Management and Downmix tools.Learn More About Toolbox 5.1
High-resolution dynamics processor for multichannel signals. This algorithm gives you a sophisticated approach to dynamic range control.Learn More About MDX 5.1
Six mono channels of 4-band fully parametric EQ. Use this analog-sounding effect alone or in conjunction with other algorithms.Learn More About EQ 5.1
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.
Advanced, high-resolution, multiband dynamics algorithm that includes the innovative DXP mode, allowing you to lift up low-level detail individually in each band.Learn More About MD4
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.Learn More About MD3
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.Learn More About Brickwall Limiter 2
Digital 8-Channel Mixer. Achieve maximum resolution with the intelligent limiter, advanced digital summing mixer, accurate delays and bit pattern transparency.Learn More About Matrix 88
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.
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.Learn More About UnWrap HD
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.Learn More About LM6
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.Learn More About MDW HiRes EQ
High-quality pitch change, chorus and double tracking. Quite simply the best, most unobtrusive pitch control device you will ever find.Learn More About VariPitch8
Expand With Even More Tools
Apart from the wealth of included algorithms listed above, you can add even more worldclass audio tools.
No matter what your main area of production is, you might find optional tools that will fit into your workflow.
Suffice to say, I left that night feeling very excited with a huge grin on my face. It's been quite a while since outboard gear has done that to me.Check out the full review by Audio Media
I could find nothing to fault with this machine. It is stunningly simple to use, incredibly versatile, and sounds absolutely superb.Check out the full review by Sound on Sound
The S6000 offers an unprecedented range of capability for a single device and its designers have made a determined effort toward sonic excellence throughout.Check out the full review by Pro Audio Review
The S6000 is a pleasure to operate. During the course of this review, it was difficult to pinpoint any inadequacies within the system. Ergonomically, it is easy to navigate and sonically beyond reproach.Check out the full review by Mix
For serious multichannel music or postproduction work, this surely rates as a ‘must-have’.Check out the full review by Resolution (PDF)
System 6000 Integrator
System 6000 Integrator is an audio & video software integration plug-in. In short, it allows you to integrate pristine TC processing with your DAW or NLE.
Simply save and reload the complete settings of your System 6000 as part of your project.
Total Control with the TC ICON Remote
We know you'll love working with our intuitive and innovative TC ICON Remote. We've even included the remote as software so you can also run it on your Mac or PC.
- Incredibly Fast Touch Screen and Faders Response
- Intuitive and User-friendly Interface
- Controls Even More TC Studio and Broadcast Units with Dual Ethernet and Dual USB Ports
- Integrate Multiple Mainframes and TC ICONS/Editors Into Your Network
Your TC Icon display gives you an astonishingly fast and flexible way to connect your 16 physical I/Os to your 32 Internal Engine I/Os.
- Visual overview of all I/O connections
- Run all I/Os simultaneously - at 96 kHz
- Parallel and Serial Routing of Engine I/Os
- Output various standards of 5.1 channels with ease
- Physical inputs feed several Engines simultaneously
- Mix Engine outputs on Physical outputs
- Store Routings separately from processing settings
With the System 6000 MKII hardware platform, you'll always have the best possible signal path for your sonic creations:
- Up to 16 Physical Input and 16 Output Channels
- All Channels Run up to 96kHz Sample Rate
- AES/EBU or Analog - or a Mix Between Them
- State of the Art AD/DA Converter Cards (ADA24/96)
- The Potential to Configure a Total of 6 AD/DA Converter Channels
This frame is shown with AES 8 and ADA 2496 optional cards.
Your System 6000 MKII always includes a Mainframe with 8 channels AES/EBU I/O, the TC Icon Remote as hardware as well as software for Mac and PC. But we want to you to know that you have even more options:
Two-Channel Analog Reference Quality I/O Module
Up to three of these ADA2496 cards can be fitted into one Mainframe, giving a total of six analog reference quality I/Os.
Additional 8 AES/EBU I/O Channels Card
System 6000 MKII is born with 8 channels of AES/EBU and one additional AES/EBU-8 card can be inserted into the Mainframe. The I/O connector is a 25-pin D Sub type and we've provided a D-Sub to XLR connector snake with the card.
500 Scene, 500 Routing and 1000 Engine User Present Locations
Our 1 MB PCMCIA Card gets you direct access to these from the library pages on the Icon Control.
A standard four-port Ethernet HUB that you can use to set up networks for multiple mainframes, TC Icon remotes and computers using Mac or PC-editors.
Keeping track of the multitude of issues around loudness can be a challenge. That's why we've created a one-stop dedicated loudness website where you'll find critical information on the most important issues.
The site is an answer to the highly relevant
"What Is Loudness, and Why Is It Important?"
Triple TEC Award Winner
Our System 6000 platform has been praised right from the start. Not only by the pro audio press, but also by the TEC Foundation.
After the introduction of the original System 6000, the platform received its first TEC Award in 2000. Five years later, Mastering 6000, won another TEC Award. Finally, we received a third TEC award for the MKII version in 2010.
We are proud and honored, but we don't rest on our laurels. We stand comitted to continuously refine the platform by developing new state-of-the-art tools and software.
System 6000 has stayed ahead of the curve for more than a decade, and we intend to keep things that way!
In the Press
There's a reason that world-leading broadcast magazine regularly invite us to share our knowledge: we've been pioneers in the digital audio world since 1985.
We've taken part in research studies and the definition of international broadcast standards right from the start, donating technology which has become a crucial part in new, open international standards.
Broadcast & Production Sales Team
System 6000 presented by top producers
System 6000 - presented by the elite
Doug Mountain talks about System 6000 mkll
Introduction to System 6000 mkll by Robbie Bronnimann
System 6000 mkll by Robbie Bronnimann - MD4 VS MD3
System 6000 mkll by Robbie Bronnimann - MD4 in DXP mode
System 6000 mkll by Robbie Bronnimann - MD3 in M/S mode
System 6000 mkll by Robbie Bronnimann - Dynamic EQ
System 6000 mkll by Robbie Bronnimann - Nonlin2, Phaser and Reverb2
System 6000 mkll by Robbie Bronnimann - NonLin2, DVR2 and VSS™ 4HD
System 6000 mkll by Robbie Bronnimann - Brickwall Limiter 2
System 6000 mkll by Robbie Bronnimann -- LM6
System 6000 mkll by Robbie Bronnimann - Summing up on System 6000 mkll
Al Schmitt on his use of System 6000
Bobby Fernandez talks about System 6000 mkll
Danny Vicari from LAFX Studios talking about using TC Electronic System 6000 mkll
Steve Vai talks about his System 6000 mkll
System 6000 MKII in Engine Room New York