How much individual compression/limiting on elements of



I am completing my electronic "Dance?" album. I have gone through and read most of the posts about Mastering and how much room to leave for the mastering engineer.In my mix I am busing all the drums to a stereo fader and using the Waves L1 Ultramximizer at about 3-9 db of reductio. Bass sounds I am compressing pretty hard at about -8 of reduction on the trransients at a 4-6:1 ratio. Vocals about 3-6 db of reduction at 3-5:1 ratio. I am now asking: Is it a good practice to compress and limit everything individually pretty hard and leave the Master Fader with no 2 track limiting or compressing with about -5 db of headroom for mastering. I use a c4 and or L1 or L2 on the masterfader in and out of bypass to sort of get an idea of what the product might end up sounding like. I then of course take it off in the end once I am happy. The types of music I am doing sound extremely smashed and punchy. Kick, Bass, i.e etc. Also I got some advice to limit almost everything slightly to catch all the peaks and valleys. I engineer many types of music and don't always apply these methods of everything. I am just asking about, House, Techno, Hip-Hop etc. Or do the mastering engineers prefer you not compress/limit individual tracks much and they do the work to make it smooth and slam? Thanx to Robert for the advice earlier.

Kurt Foster

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Jul 2, 2002
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That sounds like a lot of compression to use on samples that have probably already been compressed when they were recorded. Did you compress them when you tracked them also? Try mixing without all the compressors. Just turn them off. .... Fats
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Alécio Costa - Brazil

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Mar 19, 2002
Most sampled stuff already come pre-mastered. so if ya aadd a shelving at 10k, for example, by the tme it reaches mastering stage it will certainly sound brittle. Better have the samples with no comprssion or eq, except ya have the individual drum hits so ya can process each . Stereo drum loops are a pain in the ass;