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How to do present basic masters to clients..??..
Old 30th August 2007
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How to do present basic masters to clients..??..

lets just say you have a client who doesnt want to master their work professionally.
whats the best way to present the finished product to them, given that i dont own any mastering software?

in other words, how should i do a basic mastering job within my DAW?

i'm using Cubase 4 on OS X, and currently i dont own any third party plugs.
should i invest in some mastering/cd authoring software...peak le perhaps?

cheers
Old 30th August 2007
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lets just say you have a client who doesnt want to master their work professionally.
whats the best way to present the finished product to them, given that i dont own any mastering software?

in other words, how should i do a basic mastering job within my DAW?

i'm using Cubase 4 on OS X, and currently i dont own any third party plugs.
should i invest in some mastering/cd authoring software...peak le perhaps?

cheers
On a Mac some of the software options are:
DSP Quattro
Sonic Studio - PreMasterCD / SoundBlade
Roxio - Jam / Toast
Bias Peak
Apple Wave Burner

Best regards,
Steve Berson
Old 30th August 2007
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can anyone recommend the best and cheapest software for getting all the tracks of a CD to the same volume level before burning?
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can anyone recommend the best and cheapest software for getting all the tracks of a CD to the same volume level before burning?
If that's all you want to do, just do a "Normalize" across the whole album. I'm sure your software can do that.

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can anyone recommend the best and cheapest software for getting all the tracks of a CD to the same volume level before burning?
You may want to peak limit before normalizing though, that way if there is one track that peaks way higher than the rest they wont sound so different in volume.
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If that's all you want to do, just do a "Normalize" across the whole album. I'm sure your software can do that.

Regards,
Bruce
Normalizing only brings the highest peak level of a track to 0dBFs (or optionally a chosen lower output ceiling) - it does not match average levels!

Matching average levels between the tracks will require either attenuating gains of tracks appropriately (which is a method almost never used these days except in "audiophile" oriented jazz or classical recordings) or using some form of brickwall peak limiting (which is what usually happens). The settings for this are subjective and should be determined by ear.

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Old 31st August 2007
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thanx guys.

one more thing...if they are going to make their own CD duplications (which they are),
do i need to do anything special when burning the CD?

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The replication company will more or less need the PQ coding, which is the track information on where they start/stop.. etc. Just depends on how detailed you want the disc and packaging to be.

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Matching average levels between the tracks... should be determined by ear.
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thanx guys.

one more thing...if they are going to make their own CD duplications (which they are),
do i need to do anything special when burning the CD?

cheers
The very basics of "Red Book" specs are:
* 16bit / 44.1kHz stereo PCM audio only
* must be burnt "Disc At Once" (aka "DAO") and not "Track At Once" (TAO)
* must have a pre-gap pause before the 1st track index of at least 2 seconds
* up to 99 track indexes (with the smallest allowed track length being 4 seconds)
* each index point must begin at the start of a CD frame (there are 75 frames a second)
* can have subcode entries for UPC/MCN/EAN (13 digits to identify the entire album) and ISRC (12 digits to identify each track)
* the session must be "closed"

Luckily most current softwares make all of this stuff fairly a no-brainer and will do all of this stuff for you fairly automatically - just make sure to first Read The Manual for whatever software you pick before burning any masters you are sending to a replicator!

Best regards,
Steve Berson
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