Audio Mastering

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by SAB, May 26, 2008.

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  1. SAB

    SAB Active Member

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    Hello everyone,

    I'm looking for advise on what I need to provide my customers with when mastering a song.

    I've been able to get good reviews from my already standing customers and was wondering if anyone has advised as to what the songs need to have as far as specs:

    i.e 16 bit recording, 44.1 kHz.

    My songs are almost always pumped to -9 or -8 RMS. It seems to be the norm for most of my customers.

    I guess I'm looking for the red tape of mastering standards if anyone can tell me what they are.

    Thank for you help.
     
  2. hackenslash

    hackenslash Active Member

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    I've only just joined this forum, but knowing some of the members from other fora, you just asked the most flameworthy question of them all. Get yourself a copy of the Bob Katz book and post again when you have read it twice.

    http://www.digido.com

    While you're there, look around the rest of the site for lots of good info and advice from one of the industry's most well-respected MEs.

    As for your levels, common wisdom says a lot lower than that.
     
  3. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

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    Eloquently stated sir. And Bob's book, as great as it is, doesn't really cover much in that regard. The book isn't nearly big enough for that.

    But it's true -- That's an award-winning question if I've ever seen one. And on top of that, there are about 8 million wrong answers and 3 million right answers. Everyone has their own style. Of course, a disc is either compliant or it's not - You get an "A" or an "F" as far as that goes -- Although compliance is only a tiny, tiny part of making a "proper" production master. A monkey with CD Architect can make a *technically* compliant disc.
     
  4. hackenslash

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    You're absolutely right, John. The one thing Bob's book did for me was to highlight how many more questions I need answered before I even consider building a mastering room, and I've been a mix engineer for a long time.

    Good information sources are like that, for me. Every answer leads to more questions, which is one of the main reasons I always point people to Bob's book. I would never say it's the MEs bible, but it's about the best starting point I can think of offhand. That and reading the fora and listening lots. :cool:

    Incidentally, do you know if there's any word on Bob yet?
     
  5. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

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    I heard he was back to work - Second hand info... I'd give him a buzz, but I really don't want to bug him... But maybe... :?
     

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