Is There Anybody Out There?

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by Tymish, Jun 8, 2001.

  1. Tymish

    Tymish Guest

    Wow, I made a little suggestion in the Bar and Grill about a mastering forum and wham! There it is. Thanks audiokid! So let's see who else is into it. FYI I've done a couple small mastering projects but I'm nowhere near a guru. Certainly no moderator type. I'll start with what I'm using. A 400mHz PIII, Win 98, Cool Edit Pro, Sound Forge and some Waves plug ins. Aardvark LX6 4 analog / 1 digital 24/96 I/O module. Yorkville SR300 power amp. A pair of custom made speakers (kit maybe), very similar design to KEF and Dynaudio. About 3 feet tall, two 8 inch cone drivers mounted vertically with the tweeter in between, rear ported. Also have a pair of coax Tannoy's w/ 10" drivers and a pair of Yorkville YSM 1's for mixing. I just set this up and am getting used to it. So just looking to see who else is interested in this forum and what they're using.
  2. brownr

    brownr Guest

    Though I have been present at a mastering session and I could hear what was happening. I was an almost mystical experience, I heard the differences by wasn't sure how the decisions were being made. How about a step by step of a typical mastering session with thought processes included. Example: How do you KNOW there is not enough bass? How long to make a fade-out or in? I realize "typical" is a vague word but you know what I mean.

    Randy Brown
  3. GZsound

    GZsound Active Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Near Portland, Oregon
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    I'm running similar equipment and spend a lot of time mastering. Mostly cleaning up recordings, fixing level drop out, eq, limiting and compression stuff. Trying to get the best levels and the lowest signal to noise possible.

    It helps to have good equipment and good monitors and to know how to use it and when to not use it. I think mastering is more of an artform than a lot of folks realize. Plus it helps to have another pair of ears to listen to the music.
  4. hargerst

    hargerst Active Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Well, I don't really claim what I do is "REAL" mastering, but I am setting up a mastering room, once I convince George Augspurger to design it for me for free. I have Ed May's custom designed JBL speaker system out of his house (WITHIN 2 dB from 27 Hz to 22 kHz), and I'll need some more gear, but at least I'll be able to do a 1/2 way decent job on projects coming out of here.
  5. Tymish

    Tymish Guest

    The hardest thing to do is master your own work. I'm currently starting to master my own bands project. I performed parts, recorded and mixed it. I was listening to the mixes and working with some EQs and compression. The hard part is that I've been so involved in this that I can't take that step back necessary to master this thing. We don't have budget to hire someone else. I think I'll try to get an engineer friend of mine to sit in and at least listen while I work or maybe he'll do it gratis or barter. All I know is when I've mastered other people's projects I haven't had this problem of constantly second guessing myself.

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