Mastering Software?

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by waxmusic, Mar 30, 2003.

  1. waxmusic

    waxmusic Guest

    Hi,
    I need a bit of advice on which mastering software to purchase. I have narrowed it done to WaveBurner Pro and Spark. Does anyone have any thoughts on either on one of these programs.

    Thanks,

    Mike
     
  2. audiowkstation

    audiowkstation Active Member

    What is your budget contraints?

    Can you reach out to a sonic solutions platform?

    Also, many pros still go back to the analog domain. A fat console and a really good 2 track recorder with outboard compression and equilizers can work wonders, with experience.

    Even a good professional quuality Hi fi VCR in the VHS format can serve as a nice 2 track recorder using premium tapes. Get one that has manual input gain and meters. The lesser Hi Fi VCR's must accept a signal less than 1.0V to keep the agc circuits from interacting with the signal. Remember the 0.775V=0dB rule to avoid gain management problems in the analog domain.

    It all depends on the experience VS the knowledge base as which way you can master to top flight quality.

    I will always do a tune for you pro bono to help you on the right track.

    See Audio projects forum.
     
  3. Doug Milton

    Doug Milton Active Member

    I would also ask what kind of budget you have to work with and if you are planning to master for yourself and friends or if it is an area you wish to specialize and excel in. Like any craft, there are certain minimum entry level requirements in order to be proficient.

    You would not begin a career as a carpenter without a tool belt, a reliable hammer and at least a cursory understanding of power tools. Without those things you could call yourself a carpenter, but it would not make you one.

    We would all be happy to make suggestions on getting the most bang for your buck while collecting useful tools if we had an idea of your desired outcome.
     
  4. waxmusic

    waxmusic Guest

    Thanks for the reply guys, I had a feeling that I was going to get a few ruffled shirts with that question. I should have been a bit more descriptive about myself. I have been a recording / mix engineer for the last 18 years with about 8 million in record sales under my belt. Needless to say my situation would not be for friends or neighbors kids. This purpose of the digital studio is: I have a new room opening up and next door to me is a full on analog mastering facility. They have discussed with me the need for a digital mastering setup for clients who can’t afford the 250-350 and hour rate. I have a full-on Pro Tools rig with all of the trimmings, digital and analog. Sonic Solutions would be completely over the top for this situation. With that said, I was hoping someone has some experience using Spark or WaveBurner?

    Thanks,

    Mike
     
  5. Doug Milton

    Doug Milton Active Member

    No ruffled shirts, just trying to understand the scope of your needs. I’m running a SADiE system and do not know the software you asked about, sorry.
     
  6. Gold

    Gold Active Member

    I'd use pro tools for editing and then assemble in waveburner or jam. There really isn't a dedicated mastering program for the mac-unbeliveable. On a PC it wold be either wavelab or samplitude.
     
  7. Gold

    Gold Active Member

    I'd use pro tools for editing and then assemble in waveburner or jam. There really isn't a dedicated mastering program for the mac-unbeliveable. On a PC it wold be either wavelab or samplitude.
     
  8. Gifted Son

    Gifted Son Guest

    I use Sound Forge 6.0, does that compress my waves the same as any other compressor, or is there a difference?
     

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