Mastering Questions

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by Millzpa, Sep 8, 2006.

  1. Millzpa

    Millzpa Guest

    Basically im working with this artist from charlotte for my single and we are recording @ different spots seeing how I'm from Pennsylvania. So... can I juss giv him the beat .wav to record his vocals and then when I go to get everything mastered have the beat and all the the vocal tracks separated? Or do all tracks need to be separated when he goes to record and same for me?

    -The Track will go through main artists on the label so we want to follow the process that is going to have our music sounding the best possible!

    Also about how many tracks roughly will be in a certain mix when all of the beat components and also the vocal sections are separated? Rough Estimate?

    Thank You
  2. eddies880

    eddies880 Guest

    In my opinion,its best to have the vocalist listening to the hole (good mix) via set of good phones while recording vocal trks,Ive had to re-do vocal trks due to the fact that the vocals didnt have enough feel in accordance to the music due to the fact that she sang the song to a simple rythem guitar.
    Not all vocalist have musical talent,they may be able to whale out the correct pitch at high dbs,but cant feel the music on there own.
    AS far as the trks go,Ive had a drummer take up to 10 trks,so needless to say,you best be ready with plaenty of trks,,,,,more is better.
  3. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Chicago area, IL, USA
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    I didn't even understand the original post... :shock:
  4. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    Well....this isn't really a mastering question.

    You're basically asking about assembling beats and vocals.

    Typically when this is done, you can have your vocalist record right on top of any format. (The most common I'd get was - the other studio would send me an MP3 of the track and I'd record the vox on top of it and send them the raw 24 bit wave back so that they can assemble it on their end.)

    No processing should be done on the voice at all or you'll likely get the call to do it all again (and they won't likely pay for a second round.)

  5. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Distinguished Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Oberlin, OH
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    I think what you are basically asking for is called Stem Mixing. Vocals on one track music on the other(s) and when you go to the mastering engineer he or she marries them together while doing the mastering. If you decided to work this way make sure the mastering place you are taking the mixes to does stem mixing. Not all mastering places do this.

    Stem mixing puts off the final mix-down until the mastering session. This is good for some people not so good for others. It prolongs the decision making until the very end of the process which means that there is still room for changes at the last minute.

    Maybe Michael would chime in here as he does a lot of this.
  6. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2002
    NYC New York
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    Ummm, I don't do a lot of stem mastering. I'll do it , but I don't like to. too many variables. It's best to get it where you like it and where your client likes it. But if budget is a concern or you don't feel comfortable with the results, then print stems is a safe bet.
  7. DIGIT

    DIGIT Guest

    Well, you can pay a MASTERING Studio $350.00HR to MIX (merge) your TRACKS (stems) using tools that are not really made for "MIXING" can book a local studio for MIXING your CD for about 1/5 of the price...and then, take your STEREO MIX to be MASTERED.

    I'd rather do the MIX in a mixing room.
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