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Ideal Mix Frequency Balance for Techno/House Mastering
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Ideal Mix Frequency Balance for Techno/House Mastering

What is the ideal freq. balance in dance music production so mastering people can actually use their expensive equipment apart from leaving headroom for loudness increase?

For example, I would say that having a mix sound more dull in the high frequency spectrum is probably preferable, so a ME can than give it a boost and sculped it a bit with their M-EQ (which probably sounds better than a plugin).

I am not sure though about the Bass region, is it generally better to leave more bass, so engineers can cut and compress it, or does the same apply here as well (boosting the low end with high end eqs sounds better etc..)?
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I don't want mixers to be thinking about me at all during mixing. Just make a mix that best expresses the story and energy of the song. You can be bold and creative and push boundaries knowing there's another set of ears in a highly accurate room to make sure it translates. A good ME will make it work.

The best relationship is when a mixer can hand over the mix they and the artist are excited about and know that their ME will respect it and take it forward to the next level.

Your instincts are right in that slightly darker mixes are easier to enhance and great analogue gear really shines at this. Some MEs might prefer a bit more low end to sculpt in mastering. I don't really mind.

But most importantly, create something honest and raw and real and it will move and connect people. Never let the technical get in the way of that.

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What is the ideal freq. balance in dance music production so mastering people can actually use their expensive equipment apart from leaving headroom for loudness increase?
Make the mix sound perfect to you and hope the ME can make it even better. If you want more or less of something you're not done mixing.

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What is the ideal freq. balance in dance music production so mastering people can actually use their expensive equipment apart from leaving headroom for loudness increase?

For example, I would say that having a mix sound more dull in the high frequency spectrum is probably preferable, so a ME can than give it a boost and sculped it a bit with their M-EQ (which probably sounds better than a plugin).

I am not sure though about the Bass region, is it generally better to leave more bass, so engineers can cut and compress it, or does the same apply here as well (boosting the low end with high end eqs sounds better etc..)?
Why just the highs or lows?

Why not the mids as well?

And then - where does it end?

You could go round in circles trying to influence what the ME will do, or you could make the mix as close to the desired sound as possible and let the ME focus on enhancing.

If you want analog "mojo" from mastering then choose a ME who has lots of colorful gear and communicate your wishes. You can get some nice tone just by passing a well balanced mix through certain gear without even turning the knobs.
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