mastering a choir

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by madmax81, May 7, 2007.

  1. madmax81

    madmax81 Guest

    Hello out there,
    I'm relative new in audio mastering and I have a problem with mastering a choir in Wave Lab. The mix i have sounds very cold, hard and flat. I've spent a lot of time to get a warm and open sound - without success. I hope that sombody can give me some recommendations about how to achieve a good choir sound.

    Thanks in advance,
  2. Cucco

    Cucco Well-Known Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    At the risk of sounding like a complete smart ass.....
    You have to start with:
    1 - a good choir
    2 - a good space
    3 - a good recording of the above

    If any of the 3 items above aren't there, you cannot possibly hope to get it there in the mastering phase.

    Sorry if it's not exactly the answer you were looking for, I just don't know any better answer.


  3. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    North Vancouver
    I have to agree, its pretty hard to "Fix it in the Master"
  4. in my opinion, about 90 percent of the final sound is influenced by the three things listed above.
  5. Zilla

    Zilla Active Member

    Mar 29, 2005
    WY / CA
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    I can't disagree with the comments offered so far. But it seems premature to paint such a hopeless scene when nobody has actually heard your material. I have had experiences where less-than-stellar original recordings can be polished to become enjoyable albums. It just depends.

    If you are not able to get a sound you are satisfied with, and re-recording is not an option, then I suggest you let a skilled engineer take a crack at it.
  6. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2004
    Indianapolis, IN
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    Is it possible that you could post a representative clip? Maybe 20-30 seconds? While these exercises can take a lot of time with marginal results, there may be a couple tricks worth trying. I'd need to hear the starting point though.
  7. madmax81

    madmax81 Guest

    Thank you for your answers. I'll try to get some samples online for listening.

  8. aracu

    aracu Active Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    If the problem is with the room acoustics and stereo image,
    try experimenting with Waves Ir1 reverb church presets,
    than playing with the parameters, with small amounts of
  9. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Oberlin, OH
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    It would really help if you could post a link to let us all hear what you are hearing. It almost impossible to help when you don't know what the problem sounds like. Thanks!

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