Friends, I need to get my band's new EP to the CD printer as soon as possible for our release next week. I got it mastered by a real pro in Brooklyn (w/ 20 years experience), but when i got them back from him, they were really realllly quiet. The sound was good, but the only thing in my itunes library that was as quiet were CDs from the 80s (original masters) I had ripped. Our EP was soooo quiet compared to anything contemporary.
So i talked to the engineer about doing a second pass, and he did make it a bit louder (still much much quieter than most contemporary stuff) AND the compression is really obvious on some parts. Can't hear the kick and tom as well as before. The mix posed some real challenges, so I'm not blaming the mastering engineer. But I'm not sure what to do!
Do you have any thoughts on how non-musicians/engineers hear things? Do they care when they have to reach for the volume knob and turn way up? Can they hear compression? Grrrrr!!!! I've gotta post up a private stream tomorrow for a Wednesday debut on Wild Honey Pie. But I don't know what to do! Any thoughts??
Here's the first track! (This master is the louder master version i have. The compression doesn't really hurt this song like it does others.) If you realllly wanna do me a favor, I invite you to go to http://gimmetinnitus.com/2013/07/friday-night-vids-steel-phantoms-dan-deacon-coke-weed-teardrop-factory-radical-dads/ and listen to our youtube video compared to others. Isn't ours much quieter? Or am i totally nuts???