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How often is mastering really about another room/speakers/DA from the mixer's?
Old 2nd January 2011
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How often is mastering really about another room/speakers/DA from the mixer's?

My second newbie mastering question of the evening. If anyone would oblige my uneducated question I would be in your debt.
Old 2nd January 2011
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How often is mastering really about another room/speakers/DA from the mixer's?

It depends. Some seasoned engineers with the ability to stay objectionable to their own work can sometimes pull off mixing and mastering in the same room, but you don't see that happeneing to often on commercial releases or a lot in general. Any acoustical anomily that was present at the mix stage will still be present at the mastering stage.

Having an unbiased opinion and fresh set of ears in a dedicated mastering room is sometimes a small price to pay if the intended goal is to sell, shop, or get airplay...so in that sense I would say it is often about involving separation between mix eng/room and master eng/room.
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How often is mastering really about another room/speakers/DA from the mixer's?

It depends. Some seasoned engineers with the ability to stay objectionable to their own work can sometimes pull off mixing and mastering in the same room, but you don't see that happeneing to often on commercial releases or a lot in general. Any acoustical anomily that was present at the mix stage will still be present at the mastering stage.

Having an unbiased opinion and fresh set of ears in a dedicated mastering room is sometimes a small price to pay if the intended goal is to sell, shop, or get airplay...so in that sense I would say it is often about involving separation between mix eng/room and master eng/room.
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I'd also like to add that there's more to mastering than a guy sonically "proof-reading" your mixes and making them louder. I refer my clients to mastering engineers who I feel I can trust to deliver an error-free, reproducible master part that they can have replicated thousands of times without concern of technical flaws.
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How often is mastering really about another room/speakers/DA from the mixer's?

Some seasoned engineers with the ability to stay objectionable to their own work can sometimes pull off mixing and mastering in the same room,
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