Mastering Explained

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  1. muzzadj

    muzzadj POW!

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    Ez!

    Probably another stupid question from myself but what exactly is mastering? What do i do to do it? Do i do it as i work through the track or only at the end?

    And why use a specialist when it can be done by yourself?

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. subprime

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    It's done at the end, when the track is completed and mixed to perfection.
    I'm still a bit confused as to whether the home producer can master themselves or not. I reckon so to a certain level.
    Some would agree, some would chop of my bollocks for suggesting it possible.
     
  3. muzzadj

    muzzadj POW!

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    Must be done from home i'm sure not every single producer spends money to get each and everyone of their tracks done!!!!
     
  4. richie_stix

    richie_stix gomby plz

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    well, thing is you should be able to produce a tune to a good enough quality to be played out, but mastering IS done by a professional with proper equipment.

    seach 'mixdown v mastering' thread by me, should explain it better!
     
  5. richie_stix

    richie_stix gomby plz

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    oh, and what some would consider 'mastering' at home, is really all part of the mix down!
     
  6. krease

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    unless youve got £10,000 pound equipment in your bedroom you cant really master at home, well possible if youve got a waves diamond pack or somat, but yeah my brother in law is a sound engineer for tv and he always says a good master of a tune your lookin at 60quid easy.

    but yeah basically YOU mix everything nicely at home, then the sound engineer will add compression etc perfectly to match the tracks need / spec.

    if you didnt master a tune propely then pressed to vinyl and played it, it would sound like most dnb from 98 lol
     
  7. TongueFlap

    TongueFlap Flappin'

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    yeh its pretty pointless inless going to be released on cd/mp3/vinyl. when it is mastered its doing in a mastering studio, this is why it costs a fair bit. If it is going to be released the label should pay for this anyways...
     
  8. motion audio

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    This.

    99.9% of the time mastering cannot be done at home, needs a really good listening environment (acoustic wise and high quality monitoring), and high-end equipment. Simply slapping a software limiter on the master bus and squeezing the life out of the mix isn't mastering, lots of people just seem to think its a case of getting the tune loud and nothing else.