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by Justin_P
Thu Jun 09, 2016 4:15 pm
 
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[Site News] Understanding Mastering

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Written by Edward Vinatea.

[caption id="attachment_1186" align="alignright" width="489"] https://musicmasteringonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/LouWaxmanColumbiaStudioAwith354s.jpg Early days of mastering: Lou Waxman at the Columbia Studio A with 3 54's (Photo courtesy of George Schowerer) .[/caption]
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[url=#preamble]Preamble[/url]

[url=#what-is-mastering]What Is mastering?[/url]

[url=#what-is-required]What is a mastering engineer required to have in order to provide this service?[/url]

[url=#mastering-results]Realistic Mastering Results[/url]

[url=#grading]Grading Mix Quality Results[/url]

[url=#conditions]The Three Main Conditions For DIY Mastering[/url]
1- [url=#daw]A Digital Audio Workstation[/url]
2- [url=#monitors]Fairly ‘accurate’ speaker monitors[/url]
3- [url=#mastering-room]Acoustically conditioned room[/url]

[url=#conclusion]Conclusion[/url]

[url=#video](New) Watch Understanding Mastering on Youtube[/url]


The Directory Of Mastering Studios [/b] to minimize the risk of being provided with bad results or worse, getting ripped off.[/u]



That being said, bad mixes can potentially sound a bit better by a skilled engineer although never as good as well mixed records. There is certainly no chance at all that it will sound like a mix produced at a state-of-the-art facility.



If you are not sure you have a good mix, seek professional advice. A reputable mastering engineer could tell you what you really have if you ask politely and are patient enough with his busy schedule. Some give you this advice as part of their mastering fees, others as I said, charge as a separate service upfront.



A mastering engineer who wants you as a client might tell you exactly what is wrong and what needs adjustment even for free, but don't expect one to volunteer an opinion. You need to ask first. One may also not even charge you for this expert opinion because after you make new revisions, you'll probably be more inclined to hire one for one's patience, great suggestions and professional advice.



Again, don't expect this to be part of the service; the most successful mastering engineers have very good reasons not to form opinions on anybody's mixing work and they just process whatever is given, no questions asked. Some fear that they may offend the sensibilities of the mixing engineer, especially if the client was behind the mixing. Therefore, due to the nature of the business this could present to some M.E.'s a big conflict of interest, one that they wouldn't want to touch with a 10 foot pole.



I certainly will not discuss a mix that came from a record company (especially major), but I might do it if I am asked by a newbie mixing engineer. Now, if you want to attempt doing this mastering work all by yourself, please read on.

Website: EV Sonic Lab
Edward Vinatea is a mixing and mastering engineer who has worked with artists of the likes of Cindy Blackman Santana, John Davidson, The Shirelles, Geri King and many more.



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by DMS System
Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:15 pm
 
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Re: Why Can't A Visitor Find Automatic Mastering Services?

I recently wrote an article about this. If you agree, feel free to use parts or all of it as needed:

https://theproaudiofiles.com/what-automated-mastering-services-cant-do-for-you/
by Justin_P
Thu Jun 30, 2016 4:19 pm
 
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Re: Song called Mir uploaded

Draudiolabs you are correct.
The OP should it ask for a mix evaluation first before mastering, but because a mastering demo was what the OP requested then I provided a mastering demo. In the event that the customer was looking for a final master I whould it provide my mixing recommendations and no mastered the song if it was lacking in tonal balance. It is never a bad idea to ask for a mix evaluation just to get an honest opinion from another set of ears.

Greetings to all.
by lbmastering
Sun Jul 10, 2016 1:55 pm
 
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