Originally Posted by Babaluma
Good! I'm not looking forward to having to perceptually volume match all the entries, it's tiresome work, but the only way for a fair appraisal.
I'd actually like to do two, time permitting. Would that be allowed? One for quality, and one for loudness? Or am I crazy to be second guessing myself before we even begin?
Yes, this is true, and it would be awesome if someone could pickup the slack on this task, but if i have to do it i will. With that said, i think having the files unmatched will be important as well, so we can just see how a master will impact the listener, who's transients are retained well, who's overall frequency balance is well done, within it's intended perceived volume.
And i don't think that this should be about getting the mix as loud as possible and have it suck, it's about getting it competitive in today's realm, but there be some sonic integrity, and that's where things get interesting, because we all hear differently.
I think instead of doing two, do one that you're happy with, and go with it. It's easy to make a nice sounding master where level is not front and center. But again, don't do something outside of what you would consider good taste. I could get my 14 year old niece to turn a mix up to -6 without worrying about compromise.