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It all depends on what you are releasing a CD for.
If it's to be used as a demo to get some gigs, it doesn't need to be perfect as they may not even listen to the full songs.
They mostly want to know what you play, your general sound and your energy. They will go max until 1 minute on each song to make their opinion unless they really like one of the songs
If it's to sell, it definitely has to be perfect. You owe that to your potential buyers.
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01-18-2013 06:47 AM - edited 01-18-2013 06:48 AM
I would not relelase anything original from the studio until I was satisfied that it was "as good as it's going to get". Doesn't have to be perfect, but if you have bleeding issues and noticible engineering problems, tone deficiencies, or even flat notes, then you would do yourself a great dis-service by finalizing it.
I know because I made this mistake in 2009. I left the studio knowing that it wasn't as good as it should have been, I heard a few minor issues with tones, playing, and even arrangements. Most, maybe even all of the things I heard would most likely be missed by the casual listener, although I've often argued that the casual listener can still pick up on it, just not in a conscious way. We did due diligence with the demos and pre-production, but after laying down professional engineering and production, things can and will change.
The bottom line is that I knew it could have been better, and I have regretted finalizing it ever since. Don't live in regret, it sucks.
01-18-2013 09:01 AM - edited 01-18-2013 09:02 AM
The good thing about a third party mix is that you have no choice but to let it go, which is very beneficial.
I live by ths. Unless you have a very clear vision and a great set of ears (and even sometimes then), it's almost always best to turn the mixing over to someone else. (who is good at it)
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