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Everything is mixed - now what???

Discussion in 'Recording' started by robchittum, Apr 23, 2004.

  1. robchittum

    robchittum Guest

    What are the basic things that can be done to improve the stereo mix? I know that you will be tempted to say things like "depends on what kind of music you are recording, the type of sound you want...." Those are all valid points, but I want to know what things you would do on almost any mix to beef it up. This could be put in the mastering section, but I wanted to ask it here. I have recorded a couple of bands that want the final mix to be "hotter" on their players. I don't want to do anything like "max limiting" as I think that kills the dynamics. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

  2. dymaxian

    dymaxian Guest

    Final EQ, compression, and limiting is part of mastering.

    I tell my clients that I can 'finalize' the mix if they want; I can put the overall EQ and compression/limiting on so that it can be put on CD and will sound about as loud as commercial CDs do and be played on the radio, etc... but that's very different from mastering.

    If you have the mix the way it's supposed to be, then it's time for mastering. If the client wants it to sound 'hotter', that's part of the mastering engineer's job, not really yours.

    Hope this helps!

  3. robchittum

    robchittum Guest

    Man, I checked out your website, and listened to your tunes and you've got a pretty cool sound. Your vocals are great. I'm impressed to say the least. Your recording sounds pretty damn good too. Way to go. Thanks for the input. What DAW are you mixing with?


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