Are there professional grade audio files for mix comparison?

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by EMCEE EXORCIST, May 19, 2011.


    EMCEE EXORCIST Active Member

    Sure we all use cd's we like for mix comparision, but are there profesional wave files to be used for this task and where can i buy them?
  2. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Other than calibration tones? Not really. It's a personal thing after that.

    I tend to use Chesky SACD's. The "Ultimate Demonstration Disc II" is a favorite.
  3. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    I put together a CD for myself, mostly for listening to new monitors that I come across. It has everything from great to ugly. I find the really horrible stuff to be more revealing. The sales guys look at me a little strange though when I pop out their Steely Dan CD and play the most God awful tracks you ever heard.
  4. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    That awesome Michael, what a great idea. I would love to see the look on their eyes. Especially if you put something in with horrible ripping your face off freq. Only you know what you are listening for and for good reason! You turn to the sales guy and say "Oh ya! very smooth highs"
  5. TrilliumSound

    TrilliumSound Active Member

  6. AToE

    AToE Active Member

    I do the same thing basically, I just haven't gotten around to putting it all on one disk. Whenever I'm mixing I always take breaks (also let's your ears/mind readjust, because man does it ever start playing tricks on you sometimes!) and listen to stuff that is a reference for "good" (similar genre always, often something the band suggested they like elements of) and I'll also listen to something I consider bad, preferably very bad! Refreshes the mind and reminds you what your monitors and room are doing to alter the audio. It's not that I'm really looking for anything in particular to copy and/or avoid, just reference points (especially since my system "seems" to be lacking in HF generally, it's very easy to over-hype the top end).

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