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How to get pro? Saturation Plugins
Old 1st January 2011
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How to get pro?

Hi guys,

first of all HNY!
New year, new tracks. About to finish my new track 'The line is engaged' but I was wondering if I can get any advice to make the track really professional. I'm fine with it now, but how can I achieve that cherry on the cake? Who's giving me that polishing wax I'm looking for? Hope you can help me

The line is engaged | Sebastian Kind
Old 1st January 2011
Lives for gear

get it mastered by a professional.
Old 1st January 2011
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I'm doing the 'mastering' myself. But ofcourse a pro can do the job. But If I want to do it myself, any tips?

edit: this track actually is 'mastered' by me.
Old 1st January 2011
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You could perhaps take a mastering course online at Berklee.

Other than that, I'm not sure where you stand as a engineer.
Old 1st January 2011
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I'm kind of doin the same thing. All my original songs.I have been thinking of getting it mastered somewhere else because it really isn't that expensive. But I have looked into different mastering studios around San Diego and from what i can gather, they will do some multiband compression, maybe run the 2 tracks to tape, or through an emperial labs fatso jr,maybe to a dangerous 2 bus and vuala. I'm not saying that it's not a skill. I'm just saying that I would hate to send it somewhere and get it back with all of the dynamics squeezed out of my mix or not sounding how I want it to sound.So, I am thinking of running the 2 stereo tracks to a nice dual neve styled pre, on to tape. Then back in the box for some eq.And maybe limit and compress a bit. Seems like this way I could get the sound that I want, and it would give me an excuse to buy some more gear Any opinions out there. I am not trying to insult or be little any mastering engineers out there. Just trying to open my mind a bit. Maybe one day become a mastering engineer. I mean, I started buying gear because the recording engineer where we first recorded overcharged me, and it didn't even sound all that good. So i figured, with all of the money i spent i could have just as easily started my own recording studio. When i asked him his advice on the subject he looked at me and said " well, it's very expensive. Almost impossible" It's been a few years but wouldn't you know it, I have got some very classy sounding equipment. Not a lot, but a few nice pieces that make all of the difference. I have learned a lot and I am just saying that I think that doing it myself would be kind of cool. Maybe I will , maybe i won't. But Damn!!! That 2 track otari, imperial labs fatso, neve compressor, pultec eq.....They are all calling my name!
Old 1st January 2011
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Ok, great tips. A course is nice indeed, but also like to figure out things myself. And maybe I have to get some gear indeed. Now just working on a simple macbook without any monitors. Just Bose headphones.
Old 2nd January 2011
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Is there maybe somebody that can loop this track through some outboard gear for fun? Then we could all see if it's improving and how. Would be fun!
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