12-10-2003 04:12 PM
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?
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?
12-17-2003 08:50 AM
Originally posted by blackberry
We finished recording and mixing a CD and have been pretty happy with the sound that we got. We recorded it in our city with some help from a guy we know who works at a studio. He’s done lots of recordings for commercials, soundtracks, etc. but not as many RnR bands. He was great in recording us and it was incredibly easy. We had some challenges with the mixing but now have a version we’re all happy with.
The problem is, he’s really green and struggling with the mastering. He says that he doesn’t have a lot of experience in mastering a recording with a band like us who use a number of different dynamics in songs. His first attempt, we got a really bad sound and the levels were all screwed up we had from the mix. The sound just sounded ‘processed’ and wasn’t clean at all. He’s going to try it again.
My question is, I have a basic idea of what mastering is, but ‘how much’ should we master this thing. I guess when I listen to the finalized mix, I think ‘Shit, let’s just release it as it is!’. What’s the reason for mastering besides getting a consistent level of volume for the release? Is it crazy to think that we could release a recording without all this mastering on it?
We don’t really have the option to take it somewhere else as this guy has ended up doing a lot of his work pro-bono and is really hoping to use this recording for his portfolio or resume. Does anyone have any advice…..
01-04-2004 07:16 AM
01-05-2004 09:38 AM
Originally posted by came2play
01-06-2004 02:24 AM
01-06-2004 05:46 AM
Originally posted by saturngames
Great piece here. There is some documentation that came a few years ago with a TC electronics device. Written by a famous mastering engineer (Bob...?) I'll try to find it and post it.
01-06-2004 07:02 AM
I burned a WAV file of the stereo tracks and imported it that way, into T-Racks. Yhe problem I then had was...wel, actually "were" that it was hard to maintain a signal through T-Racks that sounded decent that didn't totally peg the metering 'lights'. It got way too hot, way too easily. the other thing was that getting from my soundcard's mini-plug outs to my monitor's 1/4" or XLR ins is a freakin' pain in the butt. Generally, I was about to say "screw it", but I had an offer from someone to master it for 'free'. I'm going to accept, this time. That'll give me a chance to work this thing out. Thanks. c2p
Originally posted by Dr. Strange 1. If you're only going for extra levels use the "cleanest" limiter you can get your hands on. Dont use normalization or a standard compressor. 2. I have no experience with any soundblasters but if it has a digital input then technically there should be no loss for digital-digital transfer
01-30-2004 11:03 PM
02-04-2004 06:35 AM
Mr.Toads in San Francisco. You can do a google search for them.
Originally posted by humboldt I JUst opened A studio Got any referals to good mastering studios.
02-04-2004 07:58 PM
Originally posted by humboldt
I JUst opened A studio Got any referals to good mastering studios.
03-01-2004 02:03 AM
03-08-2004 08:19 PM
Originally posted by skunky_funk
4. Listen to A LOT of songs and take note of the final mastering and try to copy the timbre and tone of those you like.
03-21-2004 11:46 PM
Originally posted by Dr. Strange
7. How much does mastering cost?
Most high end facilities will end up charging between $400-600 dollars for a mastering job taking around 4-8 hours.
03-22-2004 10:27 AM
Originally posted by jaeger82
More like $350-500 an HOUR.
03-24-2004 09:13 PM
03-24-2004 09:39 PM
04-12-2004 01:35 PM
Originally posted by (nice_dream)
Can anyone explain to me, in layman's terms, how to get the final level on my songs up to 0dB, or at least something close. When I bounce tracks to disk in Pro Tools (even when the master volume is at 0dB) they always come out really quiet. What can I do about this? I have no money to speak of, so I was hoping for a free or amazingly cheap solution. Do I need software like T-Racks, or can I do it in Pro-Tools? Any help would be great, Thanks!