A hard question to make...

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by Marcelo, Sep 27, 2002.

  1. Marcelo

    Marcelo Guest

    Hi! I am pretty new to this forum, and have to say that it is absolutely great to attend your discussions. I can´t find enough time to read all of the excelent info you share here. Here is my question.
    I am a recording engineer/producer here in Argentina, and have been busy working for the last 13 years, with good success.
    Even though me and my clients are happy with the results, I must say that I have a serious listening loss (like -45 dB at 4K right ear).
    That didn´t keep me from mixing all this time, I happened to compensate for it, but the thing is that I am starting to master my own recordings, for lack of some other guy to do it.
    I don´t know what to expect from the time to come... Should I give up a mastering career for my hearing loss? or, is there anyone with a hearing problem like mine working succesfully.
    How much of a loss becomes a limitation for a mastering engineer.
    For now, I try to check my masters with other engineer-friends of mine, to borrow their ears.
    Please, excuse me for my english. I hope you got my point.
    Thanx in advance.
  2. audiowkstation

    audiowkstation Active Member

    Jun 29, 2001
    That is a tough one. Not having an imbalance between right and left has really left me no choice than to just say the obvious. Each person has indivigual skills that can be fantastic or "just Ok" Your brain will compensate for the loss and your reference to sound is your own unique reference. Give it a shot and see. You can always rely on the meters and statistics for part of the info. I will never say..NO..because I have not heard your mastering. I would not consider it a serious handicap, especally if you have a partner to give advice on if something is noticably off.

    Give it a shot.

    (I think your english is just fine!)
  3. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2002
    NYC New York
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    I know of another engineer who has a hearing problem in his right ear from a diving accident. He has learned to compensate for this in several ways. one, he has learned what things sound like with his challenged ear by listening to tons of stuff. Your Brain starts to compensate for this difference to some extent. Two, he uses a good spectrum analyzer that shows left and right in different colors to make sure one side isn't out of line with the other. Three, his head can turn. He can turn his good ear to the other speaker or move around the room a little to make sure the left and right are in balance. Having someone to give a listen to your work helps even if you don't have a problem. I've listened to several things he has done and I can't hear anything wrong with it. I wouldn't give it up if I were you, at least without a good try.
  4. Bob Olhsson

    Bob Olhsson Active Member

    Feb 13, 2001
    Nashville TN
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    Most hearing losses are a case of single 1/3 octave bands going out. I wouldn't be too worried about it, if it were going to be a big problem, it would already have been.
  5. Marcelo

    Marcelo Guest

    Thank you, guys, for yor input is truly appreciated.
    Most of the time, i work it around, but, when monitoring with headphones, it is a little bit frustrating. I switch sides often, to get the balances right and, most of the time, they are OK.
    Shakers and tambourines are tough ones.
    I´ve seen your new forum, for people to show their mixes. I´ll see if I can put one there, and maybe you´ll tell me...
    Thanks again
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