Originally Posted by David Martin
Response to Kenny: I understand what you're saying but I guess what I'm asking is does a masterer want to receive a file with a EQ'd mix on it or does he want to receive a well mixed file (without overall EQ) - AND artistically doe this mean that as somebody writing, producing and mixing I'm likely to get a more accurate end product from mastering...if that makes sense?
He gets what you give him and there's really no difference or preference.
What the Master Engineer would prefer is that your mix sounds as good as possible. EQing the master fader sounds the same as doing it on the individual faders. So he won't hear a difference.
Obviously you can mess it up by EQing it poorly with an overall EQ if you don't know what you're doing but you can do even more damage with the individual tracks if you don't do that correctly.
For example, if you make the hi hat really bright but make the vocal very dark, the mastering engineer can't fix that.
Look at it like a photograph that you're fixing. You can work separately on the Reds, Blues, or Greens but you can also start with the overall darkness and contrast and then fix the colors individually. There's no wrong way.