Which computer for mastering

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by eddies880, Dec 22, 2005.

  1. eddies880

    eddies880 Guest

    Im looking into any ideas on which computer,to use for mastering purposes only.
    Im not looking for tracking/mixing,Im looking into a comp. thats specifiacally designed for mastering,,,,,complete with sorround sound capability.
    Any ideas?-comments welcome.
  2. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Well-Known Member


    That plus the Joshua software is an unbeatable combination. Plus it's great for Tic Tac Toe.

  3. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    There's really no "special mastering" computer out there... You buy or build the best machine you can, just like anything else. It really isn't going to differ from a tracking/mixing machine...

    You're still going to need huge amounts of RAM, speed, slots (depending on your interface - Which like a tracking machine, is going to have to have a large number of I/O for surround capabilities).

    Unless I'm just confused about the question... :?:
  4. eddies880

    eddies880 Guest

    Good to hear from you John.
    According the weather reports :shock: ,it looks like its the usuallfreeze youre ass off time of yr in Chicago.Its nice and warm here in southern Texas :lol:
    Anyway,maybe you can inlighten me with some knowledge.
    Here is my situation: I have 6 Roland VS880s,slaved together,I usually only use 24 tracks for recording/tracking/mixing,then Ill use the other 2-3 880s (24 trks) as mastering units.They recieve all the music after its been run through compressors,dynamic processors,eqs etc......
    What Id like to do,is run the mastered final mix,into the computer,to further master the music/and possible go with a 3-1 sorround finish product.
    The problem I know I have,is that the 880s are SCSI port.
    I know Im going old school by using so many 880s,but its what Ive got,Ive taken time/effort/money to purchase my real class A preamps/eqs,processors,compressors,mics---this list---as you are well aware of,,goes on-and-on.
    Id like to have a computer to aid me in the final process.
    Alot of music Ive been listening to-has that 3d/sorround sound to it.
    I just need someone to advise me on my best options.
    Maybe Im barking up the wrong tree,and maybe I should just leave well enough alone,and stay away from the computer,but according to almost everyone,the computer is the way to go.
    Any advise----is well taken
  5. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    so it's not surround sound per se, just stereo stuff that envelops you? what a computer will give you is better editing capabilities, being able to run plugins, better options for a/d/a converters, burning a redbook CD, check your email. In fact, there's probably no reason why you can't use the computer you're using now.
  6. eddies880

    eddies880 Guest

    Okay,,,,with that in mind,,,,,say I would like to copy a song on to my computer from my good old cdrw,change it into mp3,edit,maybe add/remove freqs,and possibly 3-1 sorround----what soft ware do you recommend?
  7. bowman

    bowman Guest

    I personally love Adobe Audition (Cool Edit Pro) for that kind of thing. Only thing that you can't do with it is surround but I really don't see why would you want that in the first place. Good stereo still rules!
  8. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

    Wait and buy Wavelab 6.0 due out after the first the year.
  9. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    not sure what you are getting at. why do you want surround sound? 3.1 would be about the same as stereo mix played on a surround sound system.
  10. eddies880

    eddies880 Guest

    Whats the going price? for that software?
  11. eddies880

    eddies880 Guest

    Got -it.
    I like the way Ive panned some of my material,so Ill just keep it up.
    So,what youre saying is,is it really isnt worth going sorround unless you plan on working with video,and making it 5-1 sorround/3-1 sorround for the video,played back on a system thats sorround sound ready.
    So----with that said,What software do you recommend?
  12. eddies880

    eddies880 Guest

    Wow !!!!!!!!!!.
    Ive heard that Wave lab is preatty pricy?
  13. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

    Somewhere between $495 and $600 US prices.
  14. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    If you are making your CD Audio masters in any other format than good ole Redbook 44.1/16 stereo, then people are going to have trouble listening to them in their stereos. Not really a matter of whether it is worth doing or not. :?
  15. eddies880

    eddies880 Guest

    As fas as the material being 44.1/16 bit---thats a yes.
    From what Im gathering,I may just need some simple soft ware to possibly better edit/fade the final product.
    I would also like to see what the song looks like (spectrum).
    I wouldnt even mind being able to turn the material into wave form,but my 880s dont have that capability,,, SCSI outs
    Hell!---it sounds like Im talking myself right out of going the computer route! :oops:

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