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I've mastered hundreds of albums, I still feel like a newbie
Old 1 week ago
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Originally Posted by illynoise View Post
Yes I also do mixing. I take a break from mixing when I'm mastering.
Ok, I understand.
You should wait a few days before going to the mastering of your own mixed tracks. In that time do not listen to the track – also not in the car or something. What you missing is: objective listening. Especially if you do that in the same studio room.
Working on different projects also increase the objectivity.
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Originally Posted by Silvertone View Post
Understood Jerry. Completely, really. lol

I get just the opposite most of the time, they paid Abbey Road and an orchestra over 100k to compose and record those parts, another 40k for a choir, then overdub Rock, synth, hip hop or EDM musicians over those. Mix them in multimillion dollar studios and then send it off to me.

This stuff is tweaked to the max and sounds great... and at that point it’s my job to make it ungodly loud but not alter their mix. In other words I take the Hippocratic oath of “Do no harm”. To which I’ve come up with several approaches over the years and trust me, the analog side never wins that war.

Now a mediocre rock project recorded in a bedroom studio will probably benefit greatly by that analog chain but I’ll still go on record saying it’s program dependent in my book.
Yeah, I don’t get many 140k projects from Abbey Road!

and especially ones that need to be ungodly loud too.

occasionally an orchestra record or string quartet from the University,

even then the analog path sounds pretty sweet, & i wouldnt push it past -14dBRMS.

Whatever works for the sound, and the client happiness!

cheers, jt
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I have noticed that many classical music professors don’t want the sound of their instrument to change at all,

other than a level adjustment, and dither to 16-bit.

So over the last 10 years maybe 5-6 ITB masters for those guys!

best, JT
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