Low end issues are always there from 2 ways and mix rooms. Again, this is why you'd want to send it out as opposed to using the same room twice. Focus on the mix, not mastering. That's a good tip.
What you're asking for re: mastering wont help you. What will help you is to understand what mastering is and is not. It's not "tips" and it's not gear, and it's not mixing... it is monitoring and making things better with you ears by turning knobs in a very good room. Period. it's not as important as mixing, especially for your situation. You have more mixing tools and mixing power than mastering potential by a mile. Use that mixing power first, and then again, and again. Dont rely on mastering.
If you have a few plugs and a pair of small 2 ways then go for it. But asking for tips is not going to help you to start to trust yourself. Use your ears. Make it sound good on your system. Then take it to 5 other systems until you see what needs to be done. There are no principles except the ones I gave, balance the eq, make it translate and musical. There are no mastering tips except the ones I gave. Room, Ears, Music. It's not about tips or principles or attack and release times. That is all wrong. If you want mixing tips I have a webpage
that might help a little.
If you have actual mixes and masters you can post them both on the mp3 forum and get feedback there.
If you ask a better question you'll get a better answer ... these questions are not going to help you at all.
... singleband compression in mastering. |
Only one in the chain? Or two? Why? Which does what?
Which plugins or affordable hardware are of use?
What's the principle behind setting attack, release, ratio for a mastering? What do we aim for?
Do we want peaks (attack 20ms-100ms or what ever) coming trough, even though they keep us from pushing the volume, why?
Use your ears and stop looking for answers in other people... so far you're going about it all backwards. Make a great mix and then use the mastering tools you have and see what happens. There are no rules and nothing works everytime.
Eveything you're asking has been answered 100 times in great detail ... so use the SEARCH function.