mixing/mastering topic

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by FUNKY, Aug 16, 2001.

  1. FUNKY

    FUNKY Guest

    Let's talk about mastering..
    What software do you use?
    What's the "mastering" chain you prefer?

    I will ilustrate something with a example. When you play a pro track in some spectrum analyzer you notice that all the frequencies "jump" simoultanously when they hit..
    How this can be achieved?

    When I play a tune which I made in my studio the spec analyzer shows some jumps and holes in the frequencies..How to make them all work? Do you understand me?

    Is that achieved with mastering and using multiband compressors?

    Can compression solve this situation?

    FUNKY
     
  2. Mixerman

    Mixerman Active Member

    Originally posted by alexander:
    Let's talk about mastering..
    What software do you use?
    What's the "mastering" chain you prefer?

    I will ilustrate something with a example. When you play a pro track in some spectrum analyzer you notice that all the frequencies "jump" simoultanously when they hit..
    How this can be achieved?

    When I play a tune which I made in my studio the spec analyzer shows some jumps and holes in the frequencies..How to make them all work? Do you understand me?

    Is that achieved with mastering and using multiband compressors?

    Can compression solve this situation?

    FUNKY


    This can be acheived in mixing. Mastering should be nothing more than preparing a mix for it's final medium destination. Mastering has become a secondary mixing process, and it shouldn't be.

    So you say you have holes in your mixes according to the spectrum analyzer. My question to you is, now that you've seen the holes, can you hear them? This is very important. Do the commercial CD's that don't have holes, sound great to you in your listening environment, or do they sound bad?

    I ask you these questions, because either you are having problems with your listening environment, or you have to learn how to fill the spetrum.

    Mixerman
     
  3. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    I'll have to agree with that one. When I mix I dont care about no spectrum analysis. I judge upon the sound and whether those holes are "supposed" to be there. I just did a slammin R&B/Hip Hop song with a killer mix and I just kep tweaking the levels and tweaking the final mix a little til I heard what I thought to be the good mix. I use Nuendo with Reason to record and then export the final mix to Wavelab for the final touch. Yes, I will generate a 3D analysis of the file but to be honest I think I just think it looks cool! I use a multiband compressor(Waves C4)and "maybe" some EQ..if I do..agin..Waves plugins.
    So I guess what I am getting at is that dont get so involved in electronic readouts that it makes you forget about the real aspect of mixing...how does it sound?
    Opus
     

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