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Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by leftystratman, Apr 24, 2006.

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  1. leftystratman

    leftystratman Active Member

    Apr 24, 2006
    I'm a newbie and have a dumb question. most of the commercial CDs are mastered already, so the mixed tracks don't sound like the mastered versions. so my question is, how do you if your mixes are ready for mastering? any good reference CDs for MIXING? or commercial CDs are also relavant in mixing??

    milion thanks in advance.
  2. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2004
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    Compare them at comparable levels (bring the commercial tracks down) - Unmastered mixes should still be open and airy, clear and focused, punchy and strong.

    Although a good mastering engineer can take those things and exploit them or accentuate them, they can't simply "invent" them - Mixes that sound great after mastering sounded pretty darn good before they arrived on the M.E.'s doorstep.

    There will probably (especially over the last dozen years or so) be a substantial difference in density also - Probably in favor of YOUR mixes (as they haven't been "abused" by the volume wars yet).
  3. leftystratman

    leftystratman Active Member

    Apr 24, 2006
    thanks for sharing your wisdom! I'll try it today. :D

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