Apologies in advance, SafeandSound123, as I play devil's advocate and take your response apart (while poking a bit of fun along the way!). Your response is informative and clearly based on experience.
SafeandSound123 wrote:Bring a number of mixes together as one product (especially if mixed on various systems/studios)
Very good point, not obvious at all to the uninitiated; nevertheless, an art that, given time, might be learned by the ambitious home studio owner. In the internet world where the "album" concept has all but disappeared, this is unfortunately becoming irrelevant.
SafeandSound123 wrote:Insertion of sub code data to receive your royalties.
Absolutely valid point, assuming you get airplay; in terms of MP3's and downloads, irrelevant; let's not even mention piracy.
SafeandSound123 wrote:Insertion of CD Text and Barcode information
It's nice when you're ripping a pirated CD to find out who it's attributed to, free of charge, before you put the pirated track on the internet; saves lots of typing. BTW, what's a barcode? A secret number that gets me free beer?
SafeandSound123 wrote:Quality control check on your spectrum through an accurate room and monitoring system.
This is important if your work is going to be played back in an "accurate" room, otherwise the live engineer/DJ/punter will twiddle bass & treble as they see fit. Again, to downloaders/MP3-players, room acoustics play no part in how earbuds sound.
SafeandSound123 wrote:To subjectively improve the sound quality of your mixes if necessary.
Let's face it, this usually means somehow creating something out of the God-awful mish-mash of uncleared samples, incompetently-played instrument track snippets and pre-school lyrics that masquerade as music these days.
SafeandSound123 wrote:To correct common problems in frequency response.
The majority of issues tend to reside in the 20Hz-20kHz frequency range.
SafeandSound123 wrote:To correct/advise on mix problems which may cause playback problems.
For example, 14 tracks on your CD have only one instrument, a bass drum being played 4/4 at 120BPM;
SafeandSound123 wrote:To increase perceived punch and if desired loudness with least amount of artifacts introduced.
"... and if desired, loudness" -- actually no, I'd much prefer if my track was way quieter that the others, so they would feel guilty when they get successful and I'm a wino.
SafeandSound123 wrote:If requested critique of existing mixes.
to tell us we're shite?
SafeandSound123 wrote:It can actually be inexpensive.
... unless we want the truth
, which will undoubtedly come with a lawyer and a retainer.
SafeandSound123 wrote:Increase likelyhood that your CD/DDP master duplicates/replicates at the plant correctly and has a technical contact.
Admit it ... you own the duplication plant as well!
SafeandSound123 wrote:To say your music has been mastered alludes to the fact that you take your musical output seriously.
One notes the fact that one can still maintain one's music was mastered whether or not one's music was actually
mastered or not.
SafeandSound123 wrote:To maximise compatibility across a variety of playback systems, such as nightclubs, radio broadcast.
Admit it, you own the bloody nightclubs too!
How dare you! :D