Hi guys. This is my first post here. I want to give you a quick background of why i'm here. I've been working on my home recordings for about 6 months now. I record my own band and we are in the process of complting our lineup. Once that is finished we would like to record our own album independantly and pursue tourning. Since we are all just average people on low salaries we're hoping to be able to do this album on as low of a budget as possible. I feel like my home recordings have pursued significantly and i would feel confident releasing them. However I would like to master them. It is something we are considering having someone else do, but considering we still have some time before our line up is complete i would like to see what i could learn about doing the mastering myself. I obviously understand what i will probably be capable of doing will still be pretty basic and not high quality but i still would like to give it a shot. To see if its something id'd be satisfied releasing.
That said i have a few questions to get me started. I have very limited time to be on the net because i do not have internet access myself. so some of these questions have probably been awnsered several times. I know thats something frowned upon in forums, but i am hoping that you guys could at least point me in the right direction as to where to look. Even if its just a comprehensive faq as to where to get these basic awnsers. I will pursue the research on my own as well but im thinking this will help me manage my limited time to learn about the things i need to.
1. i have applied both multiband compression and a limiter plug in to my stereo bus. if i were to send this out to a mastering engineer would it be best for me to remove these from my mix?
2. i have a limiter on my stereo bus yet i still find myself with a level that seems to be significantly less then many recordings i hear today. I have read a little on the subject here thus far but are there any suggested settings i could use to maximize the volume of my mix. obviously there is the output volume but if i push that even a little my mixes get very grainy.
3. i want to preface this by stating i am not trolling or trying to promote my band. i apologize for having to link you to our page but it is the only example of my recordings i have. but if any of you could take the time and listen to a mix or 2 and let me know if there are any things i would want to fix before presenting it for mastering. i will work on fixing them on my own i would just like to know if there are any frequencies in my mix that stand out as too much or not enough. also if there are things that stand out that would get in the way of a mastering engineers ability to optimize the mix.
The link to the music is http://www.myspace.com/projectchicagorock
The recordings have different stages of my mixing development depending on the song. i would say yogurt and plumper models are the best representation of what im currently capable of. All recordings were done in a basement enviroment so if you could please that in my mind while considering what i would be able to get out of mastering.
Thank You so much for your time. Sorry about the long message I have much more to ask but i will save it for a deiffernt time.