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how far do you go in the mixing stage before mastering
Old 3rd December 2018
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how far do you go in the mixing stage before mastering

im in the mixing process of a song and im lacking some high end in the overall mix is it ok to strap a eq on the master channel? or should i leave room for frequency tweaking in the mastering stage?...should i go all out on the mix and try to get the mix as close as how i want it to sound before mastering i mean how far should you go with mixing before mastering? just wondering how the pros do it
Old 3rd December 2018
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Until it sounds great.
With a little luck the master don't need to do much.
Old 4th December 2018
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Most pros send it to a specialist for mastering.

Since you're thinking of doing it all yourself then just do whatever you need to in order to make it sound the way you want it to, wherever it works best to do it. You don't need to follow any rules.

If you're working on an album, then just save the overall level and broad tonal adjustments to make the album sound cohesive until mastering, ideally after a bit of a break to get a fresh perspective.

Or do what the pros do. . .
Old 7th December 2018
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im in the mixing process of a song and im lacking some high end in the overall mix is it ok to strap a eq on the master channel? or should i leave room for frequency tweaking in the mastering stage?...
You should never get in the habit of thinking of leaving things for the mastering stage. Get the mix to sound its very best and when you think it sounds great, then its ready for mastering.

If the mix lacking high end, maybe an EQ on the master bus is not the right thing to do or maybe it is the right thing to do? Maybe some EQ's on some instrument tracks will do the trick or maybe it wont... Who knows as every mix is different as no one here has access to your mix and the sound, vibe and feel you are going for.

You just do what ever it takes to get the mix to sound its best. What those things are will be different for every mix..

The less things the mastering engineer needs to do, the better it will be...
Old 22nd January 2019
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All good advice. Make sure you're not thinking of making overall eq changes due solely to your listening environment- put on a couple benchmark recordings you love the sound of, LEVEL MATCH THEM TO YOUR MIX, and see what you think. If they're just as dark as yours, great, you might not need to add highs. If they're uniformly brighter, or thicker, or more mid forward, then you have a reference point.

I often compressed and sometimes eq'd on the mix bus, almost never limited or did anything specifically for level.
Old 30th January 2019
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im in the mixing process of a song and im lacking some high end in the overall mix is it ok to strap a eq on the master channel? or should i leave room for frequency tweaking in the mastering stage?...should i go all out on the mix and try to get the mix as close as how i want it to sound before mastering i mean how far should you go with mixing before mastering? just wondering how the pros do it
If you're missing high end after mixing, your problem likely existed before the mixing stage.

Mastering shouldn't include needing to 'fix' anything other than perhaps a difference in overall volume between tracks belonging to the same project. You don't want the listener to have to get up and alter the volume once they've sat down to give an album a thorough listen.
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