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Percentage of time ME's work on what ?
View Poll Results: Time ME's mostly work on what
Mostly adjusting BASS
7 Votes - 50.00%
MMostly adding compression for overall smoothness and punch
5 Votes - 35.71%
Mostly raising overall volume to commercial standards
8 Votes - 57.14%
Mostly adjusting the MID to HIGH end
7 Votes - 50.00%
Mostly adjusting levels so all songs mesh
10 Votes - 71.43%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 14. You may not vote on this poll

Old 22nd July 2009
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Percentage of time ME's work on what ?

I think it would be useful to poll ME's as to what percentage of time they work on what ...

ie. 30 % fixing the bass ... 35 % on compression ... 20 % on getting all tracks even ... that kind of thing.

This might help clients be aware of where most of the problem areas are ... and perhaps lead to better mixes being submitted.

How 'bout it ?
Old 22nd July 2009
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Hi all, as this is my first poll ... its not exactly right as I couldn't figure out how to do the polling choices as percentages ...

Hopefully the poll will still illuminate what ME's spent the majority of their time on (on average).

Thanks all,

jls.
Old 23rd July 2009
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My vote: "It depends."
Old 23rd July 2009
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Since every song is different and every mastering session different it is hard to put percentages on what I spend the most time on. To quote an oft quoted phrase. "Do what the music tells you you do...." and don't worry about percentages.
Old 23rd July 2009
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My vote: "It depends."
+1 totally agree
Old 23rd July 2009
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som MEs do all of the above too ........theres no "all of the above" vote...
Old 23rd July 2009
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You should have a All of the above.
Old 23rd July 2009
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+1 totally agree
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Old 23rd July 2009
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I move through all of those areas during the mastering process. What about aspects like critical and analytical listening, assembly editing, cutting, QC, billing, hanging with the client, etc.? Mastering isn't always about the processing.
Old 24th July 2009
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My vote: "It depends."
Yeah totally. Honestly this poll really means squat I'm afraid. Even two mixes from the same client will need different treatment (unless they are PERFECT), let alone an entire client base. I ticked all the boxes by the way.
Old 24th July 2009
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Mostly I work on my post count on this forum.

I thank you.
Old 24th July 2009
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The most time is spent trying to get a spectrally balanced presentation that is appropriate for the song. Sometimes that means more work on the bass, sometimes mids, sometimes highs, and often all bands equally as the bands work together. In other words, boosting low and highs is like cutting mids etc. Each choice impacts the next. The dynamics stuff (including level boosting) on average doesn't take as long as the EQ. Unfortunately, there's no way to really express all of this on the poll.
Old 24th July 2009
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You forgot labeling.

Or .. "You're going to need a labeler."

... well, at least it seems like that takes the longest time.

-dave
Old 24th July 2009
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waiting on SRC batches when going down .....
but it depends +1
Old 24th July 2009
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Do you find yourself "going down" a lot in the mastering suite Wim.

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Old 24th July 2009
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You have to love the Dutch. Always at it.
Old 25th July 2009
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Do you find yourself "going down" a lot in the mastering suite Wim.

Lucky fella

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well it should be the language diff heh, but I tell you .. it's great to work at home and all kids are off to school ... un-attended has it advantages .. you know .. high heels, short skirt (not me) .. bringing coffee ..
lot 's off tubes please ...
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