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Advice needed on mastering

Hey so i'm making this song right now (almost done) and i think it's really good. I feel like the production could be better though. I'm not much of an engineer. It sounds good but i feel like it could be an amazing song if it got some mastering done to it by a professional.. But is it really worth the money? will my song sound that much better? i want to know what you guys think. Thanks!
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Yes, I'd say it's worth it if you're prepared to spend a bit of time finding the right person to do it for you. The better the mix the better the master so you probably wouldnt want to master the first thing you make on garageband...

But yeah, that aside it's worth it.
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well you say you're "not much of an engineer". so why not hire a proper mix engineer and then worry about mastering later on?
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Mastering is about enhacing the characteristics of a Mixdown.
Not to much correction can be made.
Therefore i always tell the client to spend more time on the Mix before coming in to Master.
When the production has finally finished and they are happy with the result,
then the Mastering process will defenitely improve the work done,,alot more..
Mastering can be done with plug-ins,
but,
there is not comparison to the focus and feel that a full analog chain can give to music.

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i'll probably post the song tomorrow.. I think it is good enough. I think i did a good job. I thought the mix was good. If you guys check out and tell me if you think mastering is worth it that'd be great!
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I feel like the production could be better though. I'm not much of an engineer.
Sounds to me like you have a lot to think about and work on before even considering mastering. It can be difficult at times, but so is any trade with such a mix of technical and artistic aspects. Enjoy the ride!
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i'll probably post the song tomorrow.. I think it is good enough. I think i did a good job. I thought the mix was good. If you guys check out and tell me if you think mastering is worth it that'd be great!
There's a forum for " please check out my mix"...just FYI. This isn't it here!
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I think mastering makes a huge difference to the quality of song,and if you are not sure if mastering is worth it or not then simply post your songs to some mastering engineers online who master some part of song as a sample,then you can make a choice who masters the best as well as you can judge if mastering is really worth it.
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It might have so high impact that the mix might be rejected, for the sake of first setting it where it needs to be in terms of quality. This should not be seen as a negative thing at all. It is about ensuring you - the producer - get what you want at the end. It's also about ensuring the mastering engineer has what he needs to do his job efficiently. From the sum of that - in the hands of a skilled engineer - the mastering process will have as great impact as possible. So just as MASSIVE Master claimed, "it depends".
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