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Mastering Questions

Basically I'm working with this artist from charlotte for my single and we are recording @ different spots seeing how I'm from Pennsylvania. So... can I juss giv hI'm the beat .wav to record his vocals and then when I go to get everything mastered have the beat and all the the vocal tracks separated? Or do all tracks need to be separated when he goes to record and same for me?

-The Track will go through main artists on the label so we want to follow the process that is going to have our music sounding the best possible!

Also about how many tracks roughly will be in a certain mix when all of the beat components and also the vocal sections are separated? Rough Estimate?

Thank You

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Pro Audio Guest Sat, 09/09/2006 - 08:30
Millzpa wrote: Basically im working with this artist from charlotte for my single and we are recording @ different spots seeing how I'm from Pennsylvania. So... can I juss giv him the beat .wav to record his vocals and then when I go to get everything mastered have the beat and all the the vocal tracks separated? Or do all tracks need to be separated when he goes to record and same for me?

-The Track will go through main artists on the label so we want to follow the process that is going to have our music sounding the best possible!

Also about how many tracks roughly will be in a certain mix when all of the beat components and also the vocal sections are separated? Rough Estimate?

Thank You
In my opinion,its best to have the vocalist listening to the hole (good mix) via set of good phones while recording vocal trks,Ive had to re-do vocal trks due to the fact that the vocals didnt have enough feel in accordance to the music due to the fact that she sang the song to a simple rythem guitar.
Not all vocalist have musical talent,they may be able to whale out the correct pitch at high dbs,but cant feel the music on there own.
AS far as the trks go,Ive had a drummer take up to 10 trks,so needless to say,you best be ready with plaenty of trks,,,,,more is better.

Cucco Sun, 09/10/2006 - 12:50
Well....this isn't really a mastering question.

You're basically asking about assembling beats and vocals.

Typically when this is done, you can have your vocalist record right on top of any format. (The most common I'd get was - the other studio would send me an MP3 of the track and I'd record the vox on top of it and send them the raw 24 bit wave back so that they can assemble it on their end.)

No processing should be done on the voice at all or you'll likely get the call to do it all again (and they won't likely pay for a second round.)

J.

Thomas W. Bethel Mon, 09/11/2006 - 04:55
I think what you are basically asking for is called Stem Mixing. Vocals on one track music on the other(s) and when you go to the mastering engineer he or she marries them together while doing the mastering. If you decided to work this way make sure the mastering place you are taking the mixes to does stem mixing. Not all mastering places do this.

Stem mixing puts off the final mix-down until the mastering session. This is good for some people not so good for others. It prolongs the decision making until the very end of the process which means that there is still room for changes at the last minute.

Maybe Michael would chime in here as he does a lot of this.

Pro Audio Guest Tue, 09/12/2006 - 01:55
Millzpa wrote: Basically im working with this artist from charlotte for my single and we are recording @ different spots seeing how I'm from Pennsylvania. So... can I juss giv him the beat .wav to record his vocals and then when I go to get everything mastered have the beat and all the the vocal tracks separated? Or do all tracks need to be separated when he goes to record and same for me?

-The Track will go through main artists on the label so we want to follow the process that is going to have our music sounding the best possible!

Also about how many tracks roughly will be in a certain mix when all of the beat components and also the vocal sections are separated? Rough Estimate?

Thank You

Well, you can pay a MASTERING Studio $350.00HR to MIX (merge) your TRACKS (stems) using tools that are not really made for "MIXING" or...you can book a local studio for MIXING your CD for about 1/5 of the price...and then, take your STEREO MIX to be MASTERED.

I'd rather do the MIX in a mixing room.

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