Noob to forum: Advice on Mastering hiphop For vinyl

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by Weapon-X, Nov 1, 2005.

  1. Weapon-X

    Weapon-X Guest


    I've done my research and i've sat in on other mastering engineers as they've mastered for CD, then applied different settings for wax.

    What i need to know is, how much (db) limiting can i use on the mix before it will prove troublesome for the cutting process?

    Being hiphop, all the spikes are kicks and snares.

    I'm good with the rest of the procedure, but it feels wrong to send something to be cut to vinyl with little or no limiting.

    Is there something i can do (settings) to ensure that my limiting will shape the wave in a less prohibitive way?

    Any help appreciated.

  2. audiowkstation

    audiowkstation Active Member

    When you select a cutting engineer, let them do the limiting for you if you are not experienced in pre-mastering for vinyl. I personally would like to see you get your mix firm and leave plenty of room for the compression and limiting. IF you must use compression, remember, it will adjust the frequency response curve and this may result in losing the bottom punch and boom.

    When I premaster for vinyl, I leave plenty of room for the cutting engineer to "crank it up" because that is what you are paying for. I do a few things differently for wax, like high frequency leveling and I also watch for those peaks..never past -3db prior to cutting.

    this is the way I do it and then off to the cutting engineer...which who I use is:

    Give Erik a call.

    Bill Roberts Mastering
  3. Weapon-X

    Weapon-X Guest

    Thanks for the advice on limiting, although i might add i'm based in Australia.

    My situation is not helped by the fact that we have no reliable pressing plants over here, and the dollar almost prevents labels/artists from using any plants in the US.

    Kind Regards,

  4. audiowkstation

    audiowkstation Active Member

    Although I have not used this fellow yet but plan to in the future (due to the volume of works I get from Oz) he does cut in your Country.

    Look him up. He also is on other forums. Although his writing style does not lend much toward how good his work sounds, (seemingly wise arse at times) he has the goods and I would not hesitate to have him do the cut out of locale.

    Forum attitudes really has little to do with how great an engineer performs his or her duties but may go a distance to how the working relationship forms. People can get a mite heady on forums..which I tend to lean toward the guilty side as well..but working on that.



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