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How does it sound before mastering?
Old 9th June 2017
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How does it sound before mastering?

Hi Jacquire,

I really enjoy listening to the Kings Of Leon albums Only By The Night and Come Around Sundown.
They sound very unagressiv for a rock band and yet have loads of character.
I was wondering how you get the mix to sound so smooth even after mastering.
Leads me to a more general question: are you anticipating the mastering?
I always a/b my mixes to mastered album amd I wonder if it is a good thing to do or not.

Thanks you are the man!
Old 10th June 2017
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I do anticipate a change in mastering form the sound of the mix and leave a little space in the headroom and overall EQ ... The worst position to put a mastering engineer in is giving them something too smashed and EQ'd to harshly... I look to have saturation in the whole frequency spectrum not just upper mids... and know that things like the snare and vocal are going to get tucked in just a touch by mastering as a little limiting and a little more smiley face EQ get put put on
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