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IF effects are part of the mix, how does the mastering engineer deal with this? Condenser Microphones
Old 28th January 2007
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IF effects are part of the mix, how does the mastering engineer deal with this?

Maybe im dating myself a newbie. But as a producer I find that effects such as delay, reverb, etc are part of my mix. However how then does the MAstering engineer handle this? What do I mean? I dont know.

But considering that the MasterE cannot undo effect in the mix. Well I guess Im confused people are always saying that the mixing is separate from mastering but how can you really separate the two, unless masterers only eq and compress, expand, etc...I guess im confusing myself.,... ignore if you dont understand why im confused...if you too have struggled with this idea please enlighten me.

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Old 28th January 2007
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The final mix should sound the way it was intended to sound by the mix engineer.
The effects the mix engineer used on the track are part of the track.
The mastering engineer's job is to do his thing to the entire project, whether it's loaded with reverbs and delays, or whether it's dry as a bone.
Old 28th January 2007
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Side-noting: There are certainly mixes that come in (mostly from less experienced engineers) that just have too much reverb. And with the demands for loudness from those same engineers, most of them wind up complaining about too much reverb afterwards. So, it's important to take that into account to some extent.

Reverb (too much reverb) is easy to ignore - I always recommend muting it occasionally to make sure it's really "proper" for the mix. Most people aren't trying to get that "Metal Church - Gods of Wrath" reverb (where the reverb was more or less used as an instrument) but many wind up with it anyway. Add a little compression and a dB or two of limiting, and that verb turns into a giant wash of crap.

On the other hand, it's rarely a problem on mixes that have "tasteful" amounts of effects applied.
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Originally Posted by MASSIVE Master View Post
Side-noting: There are certainly mixes that come in (mostly from less experienced engineers) that just have too much reverb. And with the demands for loudness from those same engineers, most of them wind up complaining about too much reverb afterwards. So, it's important to take that into account to some extent.

Reverb (too much reverb) is easy to ignore - I always recommend muting it occasionally to make sure it's really "proper" for the mix. Most people aren't trying to get that "Metal Church - Gods of Wrath" reverb (where the reverb was more or less used as an instrument) but many wind up with it anyway. Add a little compression and a dB or two of limiting, and that verb turns into a giant wash of crap.

On the other hand, it's rarely a problem on mixes that have "tasteful" amounts of effects applied.
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