Originally posted by Carabus
What settings do you use when you compress a standard rocksong? (with a standard compressor, not multiband). Peak compression right? And then?
Well of course it varies by the song/mix, but if you're going for the "level" then yes maybe some limiting if it still needs more.
Originally posted by A_P_Seal
Can anyone please explain to me the major differences between a "Mixing" room and a "Mastering" room? Is it only the amount and type of gear in the room, or is it also spatial dimensions and and accoustical response?
Thereotically they should be the same...a room that presents an accurate uncolored depiction of what's happening in the mix. However, because of gear differences and room requirements, mixing and mastering rooms are designed differently. In most mixing rooms there is far greater amounts of equipment in terms of consoles, racks, etc. In a mastering room, quality is much more important than quantity so you can have a lot more room to work with in creating a more accoustically refined environment (which is pretty much crucial in mastering). So basically, the differences are mostly in gear and needs - a good sounding room is a good sounding room.