Originally posted by Wiggy Neve Slut
I hate it when i hear ppl go.. 'i leave it to the mastering person cos they got better gear than me or ears'.. i think people should just give things a go and see what works for them and try and experiment to try and get the results they want fromt he gear that they got..
Since I was the one who sort of said that, I'd like to clarify that in most cases I actually agree with Wiggy. Where i think the line should be drawn is in the cases where any reasonable evaluation of the room acoustics or available gear (or engineering skill) would suggest that 2-buss processing might do more harm than good, and only get in the way of the mastering engineer.
I remember Bob Ludwig remarking one time about how he's received some mixes from Bob Clearmountain that needed virtually no tweaking at the mastering stage at all. But I'm sure for every one of those, there are about one hundred cases where the mastering engineer really wished he could get a hold of an alternative mix that had a little less 2-buss processing,
Maybe the solution is, when in doubt, to make one processed mix for CD dubs, and a less processed one for the mastering engineer. Possibly sending a copy of the CD dubs as well for reference.