my comments were made as i was trying to offer chris the opportunity to get as
wide a range of opinions as he could for his post given the chronic lack of response so
i had a look at his download page which states that he has still to finish
the mix and add more bonus sounds but was posting for advice. this was pretty much in
keeping with what, i felt atleast, was the actual intent in his post.
result i felt that he may get a greater depth of advice if he re posted with a question
topic more suited to his actual needs, especially since there are some very knowledgeable
producers on here. making something fat and advice on mastering are often not the same
your point raised was valid to an extent however its worth pointing out
that there is no substitute to proper engineering at mixdown and creation stage. there are
limits to what can be achieved with a final mix and so an understanding of eq, stereo
image spacing, compression etc etc from a production standpoint is very crucial.
individual instruments that have been over compressed, have poor stereo field placement,
badly EQ'd or are far too proud for example really need repairing at an individual track
level and not at a stereo mix mastering session. Once here there is very little that can
be done to them. likewise over use of reverb or loudness maximizer programs which squash
everything down (killing dynamic range) cannot be rectified by mastering and again need
looking at in the original multi-track takes.
the old adage regarding the
inability to polish [ ****** ] is certainly holds some water in music terms (without
wanting to have this taken as a comment against chris's work to which i have not yet
there are often misconceptions regarding what exactly mastering is
used for and or capable of with some thinking it can turn a badly recorded session made in
a garage into a top 40 quality track without an intermediate step of a properly recorded
session and mixdown.
high quality audio mastering for vinyl and cd.
point one mastering