Need advice on mastering track levels for a compilation

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by msenese, Jul 6, 2005.

  1. msenese

    msenese Guest

    I'm putting together a nine-track vinyl compilation from various artists and genres. The tracks all tend to be pretty well recorded but the levels are somewhat sporadic. I'd like to get all the tracks into a somewhat consistent zone but I'm not sure if there's a definitive method for doing so.

    I have the tracks in AIFF format, and I have access to various audio programs: Digital Performer, Audacity, Sound Studio, Garageband.

    Mainly I am wondering if there's a simple system for adjusting the levels and being somewhat assured that they're more or less consistent, perhaps something more scientific than just trusting my ears, and then locking that in place.

    A secondary question is if anyone has advice on applying any effects or plugins or "warmers"/compressors etc now that the songs are all finalized? Things I should/should NOT consider?

    This is all something of an experiment, I'm not set on being the mixmaster for certain, but I'd like to play around and learn and see how things work. Your help getting me to a starting point is very much appreciated.
  2. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Chicago area, IL, USA
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    For vinyl? Let the M.E. take care of it. You can get away with all kinds of goofiness with digital - Don't mess around with vinyl. Vinyl mastering is its own art form.

    Same general "rules" apply to the mixes though - No bus limiting or compression for the sake of volume.
  3. msenese

    msenese Guest

    Thanks for the reply and the info.

    What does M.E. refer to?

    do you mean yourself? or are those the initials of something I'm not familiar with?

    How are mastering jobs typically priced?
  4. TrilliumSound

    TrilliumSound Active Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    Montreal, Qc, CANADA
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    M.E. = Mastering Engineer

    Rates may vary a lot, depends the facility, the workload, projects etc...

    Best regards,


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