mastering a loop

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by nillox, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. nillox

    nillox Guest

    I had started threads in forums for my local city offering my services for recording demos basically. One dj guy responded asking about mastering, i said id give it a go just to see if i could help him, but he just sent me a loop of about 5 seconds long with 2 notes.
    I'm just asking is it common to master that or is he just misled?
    I dont know to much about mastering or dj'ing to be sure.
  2. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Sure...why not?

    I've mastered some 15 second commercial spots and jingles.

    It doesn't cost any less than a single track of mastering, but then again, I'm pretty cheap.

    Master the track and send the bill. If he freaks, then you know he was misled as to what mastering is.
  3. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    On what medium did you receive the loop?

    If you were sent a CD-R, is it possible that he just didn't check the tracks before he sent them to you, and that this is a case of a CD burner screwing up?
  4. nillox

    nillox Guest

    He emailed it to me, .wav file.
    Mastering jingles and commercials seem kinda different than a 5second loop to me...
  5. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Yeah, kinda weird.

    I'm with Jeremy, do it and bill him.

    If he raises too much of a stink, ask him what he thought you were going to do to it.
  6. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    why not just ask him?
  7. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Oops, I thought I added that earlier.

    Yeah, why not ask him?
  8. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Kind of senseless to "master" (and I use the quotation marks for style in this case) something that isn't finished.

    I certainly wouldn't want a loop tampered with dynamically... It may well not actually be a "loop" when it's done.

    Jingles and commercials, sure. They're done. Even music beds (assuming there isn't going to be any excessive compression or limiting done to it). But "mastering" a loop would be like "mastering" a vocal track...
  9. It sounds like this guy has sent you the wrong file or something has happened to the file in the process.

    As mentioned before, ask the guy if this is actually what he wants done.

    I can't for the life of me see why he would want a 5 sec loop mastered for djing purposes, maybe ask him what he plans to do with it?
  10. nillox

    nillox Guest

    ya he sent me the right file, he basically wanted me to clean it up and do something about time stretching...but it sounded grand, timing wise.
  11. TrilliumSound

    TrilliumSound Active Member

    Yes and this happens. Some clients are expecting a big choir with complex harmonies after Mastering... with a solo vocal distorted track.

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