A very ballsy question.....

Submitted by therecordingart on Tue, 08/16/2005 - 20:56
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Hey everyone,

I know it is really ballsy to ask for free mastering, but here is the story. I'm donating time to a band that was my first client to record an album. These guys are a bunch of really talented high school kids that play on borrowed gear, and they come from really low income households. Each of their stories sucks more than the next...and me being brought up in poverty with a single parent that only made 15k/year to take care of two kids and living in a one bedroom apartment with 6 people...it hits a soft spot. So I decided to give these guys a week to record all of their tunes (10 total).

I'd like to have the tracks mastered....nothing special...just a once over to give them something that they can be proud of and sell. On my end I'm going to do my best to make sure this is one hell of a recording (from a small home studio standpoint) so I'm hoping a once over won't be a lot of work. They've offered to pay me with what they sell, but I can't take their money...they don't even know that I'm asking for free mastering.

If anyone would like to hop on board let me know....like I said....I know it is nervey to ask this, but if there is someone that wants a guinea pig to practice mastering on...here is your chance!

Me too; I'd enjoy a shot at something like this. I don't always get to work on this sort of project, and it might be fun in the last few weeks of summer. (Plus you can just toss away my version, if you really hate it!)

Please go to my website and drop me an email if you're going to send it. You can use my PO Box (on the website) or contact me privately for the studio address.

I"m hoping you'll do your mixes at 24/96 or 24/44 and give the mixes to me on a DVD-ROM. (I can do a lot more that way, instead of 16/44 CDr's).

Good luck, however you go!

Cool....today was good...we got some good drum sounds coming in. We spent the entire day just trying to get the drums coming into the board sounding as good as we can. We had one issue with the resonant head on the rack tom...after tuning and tuning...a maxi pad solved the problem.

Everything will be 44.1/24 bit. My computer is far too slow, and my converters aren't awesome so I'd rather play it safe.

Hey guys....I'm still working on this album....it's been a lot of on/off work because I started a new day job. A couple more weeks and I'll be done. Are you guys still interested?

I wouldn't mind taking a whack at it just as a learning experience, plus, i'm always interested in helping kids. I'm no mastering engineer, but I'm competent with corrective EQ and volume management. I recently did some free 'mastering' for Xavier Calvera and he was quite pleased with the job I did.

I 'd like to toss my hat in the ring and have a go at it as well. Sounds like these guys really deserve it and with all the talent that has already volunteered, I have no doubt they will get a pleasing result.

How's this supposed to work? Three people mastering the same material? I see no need for three people to each do all the tracks, so perhaps tracks should be assigned to an individual? But, mastering is more that just putting an EQ curve on a sound; it is also about flow and continuity of the album as a whole, so what do you think?

if youre saying tracks to individual as in all to one person, yes.

i think maybe after recording one song he could let them all do a practice master and see which one he likes best. but its so great to see multiple people offering to help, seriously guys, you all rock, i wish i had the resources to do this.

Very strange. Back in February I offered to master some tracks for free, requested by a beginer on this forum. At that time, the response from others was quite derisive.
Now everyone seems to be wanting to contribute.
What's changed?
Is it because the request this time is being made by a 'regular'?

BritBrian & Co.

hey all,
it's my first day here and I'd like to have some material mastered when it's in the can and mixed but am only able to barter credit and to spread your gospel in return.
Style is rock/pop.
I'm still in the phase of getting everything sorted out i.e midi/buses/mic positioning (my buddy let's me borrow his drum kit,Yamaha Recording 9000 5piece paiste and sabian cymbals).
I'm the only player/engineer/producer on this project and hope to yield an effective mix. cubase sx 2 does provide the apogee uv22 and a few other goodies, but to finalize a mix is probably more your forte than mine. Besides it would be nice to have a reference partner while tracking drums.
It'll also be nice to make new friends in the field. The chap up on the second blog mentioned to get the mix down on DVD...is there a forum for mixing down on different media?
This is my first time out recording on my own,I have done a few Demo's at pro facilities in the past but give it now a try at the DIY this time around, I'm sure you can relate, lol
Anyhow thanks for any tips or offers!

my gear:
cubase sx 2
mac G4 10.3.9
Mackie 1604VLZ
1 AKG C2000B
1 AKG D12e
1 Sennheiser MD 431
1 Sennheiser MKH 70
on a NAGRA3 (borrowed)
2 Samson C02
2 Shure SM57
1 Art MDStudio/Mic pre
Edirol UA25 I/O USB

Don't worry about last time, the guys were just in that mood already. This time, it is different, becuase it's for a good cause. Also, i've not seen any favoritism toward regulars here. So, from the most active member on RO, welcome!

When I posted I thought I was going to get an earful from most of you guys, and get one guy willing to help. With everyone jumping on board it's gotten really cool.

I was thinking that I'd just send the whole project to everyone that wants to give it a shot and we'd use whatever seems to be the right fit.

Arthur,
It's all good and nice that guys are willing to take a wack at your mixes, but don't make them compete for free work. That just doesn't seem cool.

Well, I see the point, but in my case, I'm all about helping out where I can. I'd love a whack at it!

Of course, I'm no Mike F. or Joe L. or Don G., but hell, for me to get there, I gotta play with somebody's thingy (I mean mix...)

So, send me 3 tracks or so and I'll give er a go! Work for free? Nah - I get to experiment and Art gets whatever shit (or gold) that I give back to him. win-win...

J.

I just don't want it to get into a peeing contest, where the winner gets to master a record for free. Keep it cool, fair and good natured and I'll let the thread continue.

Fair enough.

Though if it came down to a literal "pissing contest" I can't say it would be a fair competition.

With my narrow urethra and overactive kidney, I could easily get 17, maybe 18 feet!

Oops, is that too much information?? :shock:

Re: BritBrian & Co.

SPQR wrote: hey all,
it's my first day here and I'd like to have some material mastered when it's in the can and mixed but am only able to barter credit and to spread your gospel in return.
Style is rock/pop.
I'm still in the phase of getting everything sorted out i.e midi/buses/mic positioning (my buddy let's me borrow his drum kit,Yamaha Recording 9000 5piece paiste and sabian cymbals).
I'm the only player/engineer/producer on this project and hope to yield an effective mix. cubase sx 2 does provide the apogee uv22 and a few other goodies, but to finalize a mix is probably more your forte than mine. Besides it would be nice to have a reference partner while tracking drums.
It'll also be nice to make new friends in the field. The chap up on the second blog mentioned to get the mix down on DVD...is there a forum for mixing down on different media?
This is my first time out recording on my own,I have done a few Demo's at pro facilities in the past but give it now a try at the DIY this time around, I'm sure you can relate, lol
Anyhow thanks for any tips or offers!

my gear:
cubase sx 2
mac G4 10.3.9
Mackie 1604VLZ
1 AKG C2000B
1 AKG D12e
1 Sennheiser MD 431
1 Sennheiser MKH 70
on a NAGRA3 (borrowed)
2 Samson C02
2 Shure SM57
1 Art MDStudio/Mic pre
Edirol UA25 I/O USB

High buddy, send us a message to. digitalmastering@gmail.com
and we will sort something out.

Cheers.