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Old 16th April 2018
Originally Posted by Bond117 View Post
I will definitely do something about the room treatment. In addition, I must ask, from a sealed monitor or a super high end monitor, is there any out there which are viable for semi-pro grade mastering around $800-1500 a piece?

And to nod to my op, getting an analog console and mixing with stems, or getting a high end digital console, will provide little to no Sonic advantages? Or would it be if anything, a worthwhile investment as a workflow and productivity/accuracy thing.

Currently I spend about max, 2k on a piece of gear.. and it takes me awhile to save. So I figured I could save for a whole year and perhaps get a console.
Why do you want a console for mastering?

And putting a $5k+ processor in the centre of your system then slumping on monitoring is putting cart before horse - how will you get the best use out of it if you can’t hear what you’re doing?

Serious mastering studios put $$$$s into the build before the final surface treatment, and then another $20k into the monitoring. Or more.

Now of course you can’t do that, but that’s the level of design a studio spending 5k on a single EQ has done. I can’t soeak for anyone specifically, but I’d hope most would rather work ITB with the best room/monitoring possible than have some nice outboard and sun $1k speaker in a boxy room.

So - improve your room as much as you can within budget, buy the best monitoring you can, and then upgrade anything else when you can afford it. You can get going ITB and build from there.

A digital console is just a DAW in a different shape box. They have their uses - predominantly live, or in some studio situations - but not much use or point investing in one for mastering, even stem mastering.