Harmony Central Forums
Announcement Announcement Module
Collapse
No announcement yet.

Recorded my cd, now it needs to be mastered. DIY?

Page Title Module
Move Remove Collapse







X
Conversation Detail Module
Collapse
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Recorded my cd, now it needs to be mastered. DIY?

    Hi all,



    Just finished a 10 song CD in my project studio. I do not plan on mass marketing the CD, or trying to get rich selling them. Mainly, it was a goal I wanted to accomplish. I love the songs, and am relatively happy with how it came out. I am wondering if I need to send it out to have it mastered? Is this something that will greatly improve the sound quality? Should I give it a shot on my own using some sort of software first? I am sure this is a difficult question to answer, but I would appreciate any feedback that you all have. My plan is to give the CD out as XMAS presents, and also to sell them locally at the small solo shows I have been playing. Thanks for your time.



    Dan



    Also, if you think sending it to be mastered is worthwhile, who would you recommend?
    <div class="signaturecontainer">&quot; The first global warming was caused by huge dinosaurs farting allwheres. &quot;<br />
    <br />
    Ben Knowles<br />
    <br />
    Guitars<br />
    <br />
    Les Paul Faded Maple Top<br />
    MIM Strat<br />
    2011 MIA Telecaster<br />
    Larrivee D-9 <br />
    Martin DX1R<br />
    <br />
    Amps<br />
    <br />
    Carvin Nomad 112<br />
    Bogner Alchemist 2x12</div>

  • #2
    I am at pretty much the exact same stage you are right now...completed an album in my basement studio, and am looking at my options for releasing it. My goals for it are also basically the same as yours. My recommendation: definitely get it mastered. It's almost impossible to do yourself in a home studio environment that is not acoustically controlled, because you can't accurately hear what you've got. A mastering engineer can fix those minor issues in your recording that you might not be able to hear. If you are at all fussy about sound quality like I am, you'll forever be wishing it held up better in comparison to commercially released CDs, and it'll eat away at you. There are other places you might be able to stretch your budget...such as artwork, duplication, etc., but definitely don't skimp on the sound quality.



    Just google "CD mastering" and there are a bunch of links that show up for services that can do it right on-line for a reasonable price. Or if you can find a studio in your local area that does it, contact them and ask what their rates are. Some places will recommend that you attend a session in person. (That's what I will likely be doing next weekend.)



    Of course, if you aren't picky about sound quality or how your CD holds up to others, and you just want to get your stuff out there, then my advice may not apply.
    <div class="signaturecontainer"><div class="bbcode_container">
    <div class="bbcode_quote">
    <div class="quote_container">
    <div class="bbcode_quote_container"></div>

    <div class="bbcode_postedby">
    <img src="images/misc/quote_icon.png" alt="Quote" /> Originally Posted by <strong>Walters9515</strong>
    <a href="showthread.php?p=21381924#post21381924" rel="nofollow"><img class="inlineimg" src="images/buttons/viewpost-right.png" alt="View Post" /></a>
    </div>
    <div class="message">i thought is did kurby right?</div>

    </div>
    </div>
    </div> &quot;This prank is my Sergeant Pepper's&quot;--Bart Simpson</div>

    Comment


    • #3






      Quote Originally Posted by Pincookie1
      View Post

      Hi all,



      Just finished a 10 song CD in my project studio. I do not plan on mass marketing the CD, or trying to get rich selling them. Mainly, it was a goal I wanted to accomplish. I love the songs, and am relatively happy with how it came out. I am wondering if I need to send it out to have it mastered? Is this something that will greatly improve the sound quality? Should I give it a shot on my own using some sort of software first? I am sure this is a difficult question to answer, but I would appreciate any feedback that you all have. My plan is to give the CD out as XMAS presents, and also to sell them locally at the small solo shows I have been playing. Thanks for your time.



      Dan



      Also, if you think sending it to be mastered is worthwhile, who would you recommend?




      Yes, you should get it mastered, and by a professional mastering engineer, even for this purpose. I mean, you've come this far, you've spent hours upon hours of your life making this thing, and you're okay with "relatively happy"?



      Contact Bob Ohlsson.











      Quote Originally Posted by kurdy
      View Post



      Just google "CD mastering" and there are a bunch of links that show up for services that can do it right on-line for a reasonable price.




      He may as well master it himself before he does that. You think those places actually hire mastering engineers or have rooms designated for critical listening? The tape copy boy is going to put an L2 and EQ on it standing in the machine room while he's eating a sandwich (a really crunchy sandwich (which makes it impossible to hear)). Not that it matters. He's neither qualified nor interested.



      Enjoy,



      Mixerman
      <div class="signaturecontainer"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVsvYFdsR7o" target="_blank"><font color="red"> <font size="3">Watch the TRAILER for The Daily Adventures of Mixerman: An Audiobook Dramatization!</font></font></a><br />
      <br />
      <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/1458402886/ref=as_li_tf_til?tag=httpthewombfc-20&amp;camp=14573&amp;creative=327641&amp;linkCode =as1&amp;creativeASIN=1458402886&amp;adid=03FZWJX8 XB4RSQN9JTD0&amp;&amp;ref-refURL=http%3A%2F%2Fthewombforums.com%2Fshowthread .php%3Fp%3D369304%5D" target="_blank"> Zen and the Art of Producing &amp; Zen and the Art of Mixing on Amazon!</a><br />
      <br />
      <a href="http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=mixerman&amp;init=quick#!/pages/Mixerman/8900341182?ref=search&amp;sid=100000012529078.3516 150393..1" target="_blank">Facebook</a><br />
      <a href="https://twitter.com/Mixerman" target="_blank">Twitter</a><br />
      <a href="http://thewombforums.com" target="_blank">The Womb Forums</a><br />
      <a href="http://mixerman.net" target="_blank">Mixerman.net</a><br />
      <a href="http://mmrs.mixerman.net" target="_blank">Mixerman Radio Show</a></div>

      Comment


      • #4






        Quote Originally Posted by Mixerman
        View Post

        Yes, you should get it mastered, and by a professional mastering engineer, even for this purpose. I mean, you've come this far, you've spent hours upon hours of your life making this thing, and you're okay with "relatively happy"?



        Contact Bob Ohlsson.









        He may as well master it himself before he does that. You think those places actually hire mastering engineers or have rooms designated for critical listening? The tape copy boy is going to put an L2 and EQ on it standing in the machine room while he's eating a sandwich (a really crunchy sandwich (which makes it impossible to hear)). Not that it matters. He's neither qualified nor interested.



        Enjoy,



        Mixerman




        Thanks for the input. I will get in touch with him.
        <div class="signaturecontainer">&quot; The first global warming was caused by huge dinosaurs farting allwheres. &quot;<br />
        <br />
        Ben Knowles<br />
        <br />
        Guitars<br />
        <br />
        Les Paul Faded Maple Top<br />
        MIM Strat<br />
        2011 MIA Telecaster<br />
        Larrivee D-9 <br />
        Martin DX1R<br />
        <br />
        Amps<br />
        <br />
        Carvin Nomad 112<br />
        Bogner Alchemist 2x12</div>

        Comment


        • #5






          Quote Originally Posted by kurdy
          View Post

          I am at pretty much the exact same stage you are right now...completed an album in my basement studio, and am looking at my options for releasing it. My goals for it are also basically the same as yours. My recommendation: definitely get it mastered. It's almost impossible to do yourself in a home studio environment that is not acoustically controlled, because you can't accurately hear what you've got. A mastering engineer can fix those minor issues in your recording that you might not be able to hear. If you are at all fussy about sound quality like I am, you'll forever be wishing it held up better in comparison to commercially released CDs, and it'll eat away at you. There are other places you might be able to stretch your budget...such as artwork, duplication, etc., but definitely don't skimp on the sound quality.



          Just google "CD mastering" and there are a bunch of links that show up for services that can do it right on-line for a reasonable price. Or if you can find a studio in your local area that does it, contact them and ask what their rates are. Some places will recommend that you attend a session in person. (That's what I will likely be doing next weekend.)



          Of course, if you aren't picky about sound quality or how your CD holds up to others, and you just want to get your stuff out there, then my advice may not apply.




          Thanks for the reply. I guess I am just cheap, but I think what Mixerman said is correct. I have spent a lot of time and money to get to this point, so I might as well have it done right. I have looked into some of the 25 bucks a song mastering facilities, but have seen some pretty shady reviews. Thanks again!
          <div class="signaturecontainer">&quot; The first global warming was caused by huge dinosaurs farting allwheres. &quot;<br />
          <br />
          Ben Knowles<br />
          <br />
          Guitars<br />
          <br />
          Les Paul Faded Maple Top<br />
          MIM Strat<br />
          2011 MIA Telecaster<br />
          Larrivee D-9 <br />
          Martin DX1R<br />
          <br />
          Amps<br />
          <br />
          Carvin Nomad 112<br />
          Bogner Alchemist 2x12</div>

          Comment


          • #6






            Quote Originally Posted by Mixerman
            View Post

            He may as well master it himself before he does that. You think those places actually hire mastering engineers or have rooms designated for critical listening?




            Yes. Although you may be thinking of something slightly different. If they are charging only 25 bucks a song, then yeah, you're probably getting what you pay for. But a legitimate mastering service usually offers on-line mastering as a standard option, for those who live far away, or can't attend the session for some reason. Of course, any place worth its salt should offer in-person sessions as an option too. You have to research it, though. Don't just fork over your money until you know what you're getting into, and who you'll be dealing with. Try personally contacting the actual engineer who will be doing the project, and inquire about what he does. Find out about what other things he's worked on.



            The guy I am using is an acquaintance of mine, so I already knew he was legitimate. I sent him one track via on-line to see what he'd do with it, and was pleased with the results. So now I am having him do the whole album, and will be attending the session. He says he will be able to keep everything within budget, which is also an important consideration.
            <div class="signaturecontainer"><div class="bbcode_container">
            <div class="bbcode_quote">
            <div class="quote_container">
            <div class="bbcode_quote_container"></div>

            <div class="bbcode_postedby">
            <img src="images/misc/quote_icon.png" alt="Quote" /> Originally Posted by <strong>Walters9515</strong>
            <a href="showthread.php?p=21381924#post21381924" rel="nofollow"><img class="inlineimg" src="images/buttons/viewpost-right.png" alt="View Post" /></a>
            </div>
            <div class="message">i thought is did kurby right?</div>

            </div>
            </div>
            </div> &quot;This prank is my Sergeant Pepper's&quot;--Bart Simpson</div>

            Comment


            • #7
              You should be able to get a sample done. I highly suggest this before you plan on

              turning over the entire CD of material. The mastering house should be happy to

              earn your business by proving they can do the job well by giving you a short sample

              of their work on one of your songs.

              Comment


              • #8






                Quote Originally Posted by kurdy
                View Post

                Yes. Although you may be thinking of something slightly different. If they are charging only 25 bucks a song, then yeah, you're probably getting what you pay for. But a legitimate mastering service usually offers on-line mastering as a standard option, for those who live far away, or can't attend the session for some reason.




                There are a number of "legitimate" mastering services that will offer discounted mastering (often in conjunction with a duplication package). That job goes to an intern in the middle of the night.



                Enjoy,



                Mixerman
                <div class="signaturecontainer"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVsvYFdsR7o" target="_blank"><font color="red"> <font size="3">Watch the TRAILER for The Daily Adventures of Mixerman: An Audiobook Dramatization!</font></font></a><br />
                <br />
                <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/1458402886/ref=as_li_tf_til?tag=httpthewombfc-20&amp;camp=14573&amp;creative=327641&amp;linkCode =as1&amp;creativeASIN=1458402886&amp;adid=03FZWJX8 XB4RSQN9JTD0&amp;&amp;ref-refURL=http%3A%2F%2Fthewombforums.com%2Fshowthread .php%3Fp%3D369304%5D" target="_blank"> Zen and the Art of Producing &amp; Zen and the Art of Mixing on Amazon!</a><br />
                <br />
                <a href="http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=mixerman&amp;init=quick#!/pages/Mixerman/8900341182?ref=search&amp;sid=100000012529078.3516 150393..1" target="_blank">Facebook</a><br />
                <a href="https://twitter.com/Mixerman" target="_blank">Twitter</a><br />
                <a href="http://thewombforums.com" target="_blank">The Womb Forums</a><br />
                <a href="http://mixerman.net" target="_blank">Mixerman.net</a><br />
                <a href="http://mmrs.mixerman.net" target="_blank">Mixerman Radio Show</a></div>

                Comment


                • #9






                  Quote Originally Posted by Pincookie1
                  View Post

                  Hi all,



                  Just finished a 10 song CD in my project studio. I do not plan on mass marketing the CD, or trying to get rich selling them. Mainly, it was a goal I wanted to accomplish. I love the songs, and am relatively happy with how it came out. I am wondering if I need to send it out to have it mastered? Is this something that will greatly improve the sound quality? Should I give it a shot on my own using some sort of software first? I am sure this is a difficult question to answer, but I would appreciate any feedback that you all have. My plan is to give the CD out as XMAS presents, and also to sell them locally at the small solo shows I have been playing. Thanks for your time.



                  Dan



                  Also, if you think sending it to be mastered is worthwhile, who would you recommend?




                  It's not to hard to find a reputable ME at a reasonable price (clears throat). Some will do samples (time and schedule permitting). There's a lot of quacks out there too, so best to do a little research before hand.
                  <div class="signaturecontainer">Tom Waltz<br />
                  High Quality - Affordable Online Mastering <br />
                  <a href="http://www.waltzmastering.com" target="_blank">www.waltzmastering.com</a><br />
                  <a href="mailto:waltzmastering@gmail.com">waltzmaster ing@gmail.com</a></div>

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    i'm currently working on a solo album for the same reasons... when i'm done, i'll be going to the best mastering engineer i can find here in melbourne.. i'll more than likely sit in on the session

                    Comment


                    • #11






                      Quote Originally Posted by mistersully
                      View Post

                      i'm currently working on a solo album for the same reasons... when i'm done, i'll be going to the best mastering engineer i can find here in melbourne.. i'll more than likely sit in on the session




                      In Melbourne, I would recommend Jack or Adam at http://www.jackthebear.com.au/
                      <div class="signaturecontainer">Tom Waltz<br />
                      High Quality - Affordable Online Mastering <br />
                      <a href="http://www.waltzmastering.com" target="_blank">www.waltzmastering.com</a><br />
                      <a href="mailto:waltzmastering@gmail.com">waltzmaster ing@gmail.com</a></div>

                      Comment


                      • #12






                        Quote Originally Posted by Waltz Mastering
                        View Post

                        In Melbourne, I would recommend Jack or Adam at http://www.jackthebear.com.au/




                        i contacted tony there a few weeks ago

                        Comment

                        Working...
                        X