Pitch shift/speed variation at mastering stage

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by Jaike, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. Jaike

    Jaike Active Member

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    Hi,

    I've been wondering how common a practise is it to subtely change the pitch/speed of a track when mastering it - I'm talking about mastering to tape here, so let's say + or minus 1% to 4% speed... or more? Is this ever done?

    Any ideas would be welcome,

    Thanks -
     
  2. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

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    It's done all of the time. Most times it's done during the mix stage but doesn't have to be. I get tapes in a lot that has notes asking for it to be sped up by X amount. sometimes it just gives it a little something if the track drags a little.
     
  3. Jaike

    Jaike Active Member

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    I'm guessing that means you're also mixing on tape, or mixing down to tape before mastering?
     
  4. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

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    correct.

    sometimes you can do ITB speed up but check to make sure it sounds ok before you commit.
     
  5. Jaike

    Jaike Active Member

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    Ok,

    that makes sense,

    thanks a lot for your help!

    Jaike
     

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