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Old 5th June 2020
  #10
Lives for gear
If I was going to self master, I’d probably mix differently. For example, I mix my kick level to -3 VU, which is roughly a peak of -12 in the DAW. Leaves plenty of headroom for the Mastering engineer.

I don’t have the level of gear of the ME, the room or the ability to hear the song fresh again. So shooting to get it louder, I’d probably over squeeze it without realizing it.

To take that out of the equation, I’d probably mix my kick to -6db and balance everything from there. Not much headroom in that case and less chance of me ruining the mix with my hack job mastering.