Strangeness in my mastering tools

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by jmm22, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. jmm22

    jmm22 Guest

    So I previewed my mix with the mastering plug I intend to use to master my my ADL 600 song, and liked the sound. I noted values, removed the plugs, exported the wav file into my mastering window, and ummm... started to master. Yet the values would not work. I had to use much more gain on the very same mastering plug (more than double) and now it is pumping and breathing in a way it was not when I used the plug on the mix side of Cubase.

    What is going on?
     
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Part of the learning process. Especially with compressors. There is much discussion whether to eq prior to compressing or after compressing for instance. Then there is parallel compression vs track compression. Then throw any other VST/outboard tool into the mix and that also alters things. For me, I design a mix the way I want it with the plugins etc and mix it down to a great sounding file. At that point it is time to begin a mastering or pseudo mastering process.
     
  3. jmm22

    jmm22 Guest

    Well, I think I solved the problem, although I would be hard pressed to explain exactly how. In spite of a lack of DAW knowledge, I'm a respectable button pusher, and thus managed to toggle my way through some settings that now seem to work. But boy, is it easy to get swamped with the literally infinite permutations of such settings.
     
  4. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    You said a mouthful brother. Definitely, a hardware unit is easiest to learn a specific FX. Then you have to map the hardware controls over to the (often more) controls of the VST. Then when several things are combined like many of the "mastering" VST's do then it's even more confusing. Keep at it. If you go methodically it will all make sense in the end. Consider keeping a notepad beside the computer to make notes.
     

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