Mastering - Client Etiquette

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  1. ShoeBoxDude

    ShoeBoxDude Guest

    Hey guys,

    Hey guys, Im going with my project to mastering next week, first time really mastering.

    I dont reall know the engineer, and Ive never went to him before. Is it reasonable to ask him to listen to a mix this week? or is that something that you would already need a relationship with your ME for.

    I dont want to seem unprofessional.

  2. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Distinguished Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Oberlin, OH
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    It depends on the mastering engineer. I would love to get the mixes one week early to listen to them to see how they are mixed and also see if there are any problems with the mixes. Some others may not want to do this before you arrive. I guess the best way would be to call the mastering engineer and ask him what he wants to do.
  3. TrilliumSound

    TrilliumSound Active Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    Montreal, Qc, CANADA
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    I second that. Sometimes, I ask for the audio material in advance.
  4. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Chicago area, IL, USA
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    Me third! Me third!

    Whenever I get the chance, I'll have loaded it into the DAW and auditioned by the time the client arrives. That being "the easy part" it takes less time when there's no one around. And then you know your files are okay also - I've had a session or two (or a dozen) that the source was damaged, corrupt or otherwise unusable. Not a good time to find out.
  5. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2002
    NYC New York
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    If I can, I like to get an idea about what i'm working with before the session. It's not always possible, but it's nice when it is. If I hear something that can be a bit of a problem, then i'll ask for the rest to see if they might have the same issue and if it can be resolved before the session. Most ME's I know don't mind doing this at all. Just make it easy for the ME, like burn an Audio CD and drop it off or mail it. That way at the end of their day, they can just pop it in the CD player and not have to jump through hoops like downloading and such.

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