Mastering and Dynamic Range

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by Cosme, Mar 10, 2006.

  1. Cosme

    Cosme Guest

    I like my tracks to have a pro feeling to them, but I've been seeing that normally mastering audio engineers have to make louder music every time they master, so every time I have to make a master for a song that I'm recording I see that I have to reduce it's dynamic range more and more to compete with other "professional sounding" tracks because today when you record a song that isn't as loud as other cds you buy, it's considered "amateur recording", so I have to compress and limit every ounce of the music I record, choking the life out of my tracks like everyone does these days. So then if I can't change the world and today's standards in audio mastering I was wondering if I could ask for tips on how to balance a master track between a nice dynamic range and a powerfull sound, any suggestions? :D
  2. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Distinguished Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Oberlin, OH
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    You are learning fast there is no way to make it sound LOUD and have a good DYNAMIC Range.

    Some CDs have so many overs that my software has touble keeping count of the numbers.

    It is crazy but everyone want everything LOUDER than ANYONE else and until some one does something about it it will keep going the way it is going.
  3. pingu

    pingu Guest

    This is always what i shoot for when mastering.

    Its a feel thing.

    Its normally obtained by eq and compression.

    Depending on the state of the mix the amount will obviously vary.

    Great artists who do not have to rely on volume and have a great stereo mix to work with in the mastering stage require a little eq and maybe a touch of compression and if it ends up about -18 rms then so be it.

    For every db of increase in volume after a certain amount is a decrease in sonic integrity.

    You have to find the path of your processing that will take the song to this place and can not benefit from 0.1 db more or less of anything.
    Preferably the path of least processing to get to this point.
  4. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2002
    NYC New York
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    It's all in the arrangement, tracking and mixing. The balance of these three things allow a mix to stand up and be noticed. A big mistake a lot of people make is that they expect mastering to replace these things. mastering just enhances these.
  5. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2005
    I use Inspector XL to provide K-scale metering though I don't have properly calibrated monitor gain yet..

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