Need opinions on the mastering job... please

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by SittinIdol, Nov 23, 2004.

  1. SittinIdol

    SittinIdol Guest


    Hey guys, just got my CD back from mastering, and I thought I'd get some opinions from the mastering gurus...

    I've posted a few songs, mastered and unmastered versions here:

    I don't know if I'm being anal, but I think I'm hearing some slight compression artifacts mostly in the kick drum on the mastered versions? I might ask the mastering engineer to drop the volume a few db and get back some of the dynamic range.

    I guess it's inevitable when boosting up a song to commercial volume to compress the peaks. Let me know what you guys think of the two versions please?

  2. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Distinguished Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Chicago area, IL, USA
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    There are ways of handling that...

    But yeah, it's a little hard to tell on the MP3. I only listened to one of them. I've heard (much) worse from what I can tell from the MP3.

    Those kicks certainly are out in the open - I could see that being a concern from the start.

    I do sort of like the unmastered version better...
  3. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Distinguished Member

    Sep 12, 2002
    NYC New York
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    yeah, it's a little smashed. lost the snap in the kick and snare. but some other things improved. maybe hitting the limiter less would be the ticket.
  4. SittinIdol

    SittinIdol Guest

    Thanks guys,

    I just added "Homestead" and "Stray". Wondering what you think of those?

    Thanks again for your help

    Rick Hatch
    Sittin' Idol

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