MASTERING: Using pro-techniques at home?

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by pajhonka, May 21, 2007.

  1. pajhonka

    pajhonka Guest

    I took my album to Masterdisk in New York and the engineer wrote down information on this piece of paper.

    What is this, what information is in the columns, and how can I use this technique in my mastering projects (is there a blank template like this out there somewhere)?

    I'm sure it's obvious to most of you, but the right column are the album's track titles.

    Thanks :D
  2. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    looks like notes on eq etc... settings. you can do this at home, just get a piece of paper and jot down what you did for each song.
  3. pajhonka

    pajhonka Guest

    Hahahaha, yes, I see that it's not so complicated a form to replicate...I guess the real question would be why one would document what was done to the EQs of each song if each song is mixed and arranged differently can a sheet like this help achieve a uniform volume/EQ throughout the CD? Does this method assume that all of your songs will need a similar treatment in mastering?

    Another question I had for anyone with the Waves L2 Ultramaximizer hardware is how does the hardware differ from the L1 Ultramaximizer plug-in? I've got the latter but not the former, which was used by the ME to master the album.

  4. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    I don't think it's about replicating what he did. I think it's more about, if you weren't satisfied with the work, he could go back to it to see exactly what he did and how he could make it "better" for you.

    Or, what would happen if he couldn't do it all in one sitting or if he needed to rest his ears? This way he could come back to the project without thinking,"what was that I did there?" or even worse "what was I thinking? How did I screw it up that way?".

    Documentation is always a good thing.
  5. pajhonka

    pajhonka Guest

    Ah, that makes sense, thanks.
  6. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    It's just notes on what he did, if he ever needed to return to the project for whatever reason, he knows what he did for each song. Just notes, not a secret receipe. Unless you had the exact room and equipment, they are pretty much useless to you other than keeping them if you had to go back to changes something in the near future.
  7. sheet

    sheet Well-Known Member

    The question is, do you have the acoustics, reference system and ears to do what he did?
  8. pajhonka

    pajhonka Guest

    No. Good point.
  9. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    The Eq notes are most likely what was needed to correct and achieve proper eq and spectral balance because the over eq for each mix for each song was either inconsistant or needed specific processing. There may be other documentation you donlt know about or see such as templates with the settings for each piece of gear or plugin that was used.

    The notes and eq settings would only apply to that one mastering engineer and the gear or processing he needed to use to achieve the final results.
  10. pajhonka

    pajhonka Guest

    FYI: I booked a follow-up session with the same Mastering Engineer rather than trying to replicate what he did.
  11. When mastering a lot of the gear used only has knobs and no user presets all done by a manual setting. Its up to the mastering engineer to keep it at the right levels, but a track sheet is quite common in any studio setting its always a good idea to document your work expecially when your dealing with multiple clients.

    L2 is upto 192kHz sampling rate and L1 is even though i can't quite remember but i don't think is no more then 96kHz. Just an uprade from the previous to keep up with the times the way i look at it.
  12. These guys at trutone know what there doing...Thanks for a great Masterd album you can pass that on to Joe i said Thanks :cool: .

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