Discussion in 'Mastering' started by rsp2rsp2, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. rsp2rsp2

    rsp2rsp2 Guest

    The time for me has come to master.

    I have a few tools available to me.

    1. Universal Audio UAD-1 card (loaded to the max)
    2. Steinberg Wavelab
    3. IK T-racks 24
    4. Waves Diamond bundle

    Which tool should I use to get the job done?
  2. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
  3. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2007

    The problem is not with the tool, it is with the loose nut on the end of the handle!
  4. Greener

    Greener Guest

    Q: What should you use for mastering?

    A: A Mastering Engineer in a Mastering Studio.
  5. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Distinguished Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Oberlin, OH
    Home Page:
    All or none of them. Depends on the music. If this is at all important to you seek out a good mastering engineer and pay him or her to do the mastering for you.

    There are a ton of really good mastering engineers on this forum contact one of them. They usually hang out on the Mastering forum.
  6. Music_Junky

    Music_Junky Active Member

    Nov 1, 2006
    Reykavik Iceland
    The only tool you didn't mention your EARS¨!
  7. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    North Vancouver
    times 2

    Good tools though....you have all the UAD plugs wow! I wish I could say that. l love that card!
  8. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2002

    There are great MEs and low prices ou there.

    High end analog gear, great room, gifted ears and plenty of knowledge is what is needed.
  9. csi

    csi Active Member

    Feb 4, 2005
    Home Page:
    Ozone 4 is a great tool! The company is incredible and I feel that Ozone is a best buy for so many uses. The new 'Mid/Side' feature is awesome.


    Check it out.
  10. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    Suggestions of great tools

    Great Tools:

    • Bob Ludwig
    • Bob Katz
    • Ted Jensen
    • Chris Anthens
    • Brad Blackwood
    • Dave Collins
    • Specialized Mastering
    • Metropolis Mastering
    • AirShow Mastering
    • Adam Dempsey
    • Doug Sax
    • John Scripp
    • Vlado Meller
    • Joe Lambert
    • Jay Frigolleto
    • Darius van Helfteren
    • Bob Olhsson
    • Bernie Grundman
    • Steven Berson
    • Jerry Tub
    • Andrew Hamilton
    • Sonovo Mastering
    • Ed Littman
    • Turtle Tone Mastering
    • Jaakko Viitalähde
    • Tom Waltz
    • Trevor sadler
    • Jeff Lowes
    • Paul Gold
    • Noah Mintz
    • Phil Demetro
    • Rareform Mastering
    • Alexander jöchtl
    • Robin Schmidt
    • Bruce A. Brown
    • Velvet Room Mastering
    • Alan Silverman
    • Matt G
    • Thomas Bethel
    • Cass Anawaty
    • David Mcnair
    • Scott Hull
    • Bernie Grundman
    • Tom Volpicelli
    • Ricardo Garcia
    • Carlos Freitas
    • Homero Lotito
    • Alécio Costa
  11. ChrisDSP

    ChrisDSP Guest

    Izotope Ozone is a good tool, waves diamond has plenty of mastering tools. However, if you have to ask then it's safe to say you haven't done this before so a good ME is a must.
  12. Tom Fodor

    Tom Fodor Active Member

    Jun 25, 2003
    Queensland Australia
    You can be a great mastering tool too

    I keep hearing guys here say, "get a good mastering engineer to do it for you" but then how the hell are you going to become a good mastering engineer yourself? I would say, go to the mastering forums, spend some time reading through as many posts as you can and apply what you learn there. Buy a few books on the subject and do the same. Then take your work to a "good" mastering engineer you know, and get some feedback. Repeat this process as many times as required. It's almost like nobody here really wants the less experienced engineers to progress to that level. Like Mastering engineers are Gods or something....They are just experienced and well practiced at what they do. There is no magic just practice.
  13. Ted Jensen is responsible for the monstrosity which is 'Death Magnetic' by Metallica, with an RMS of less than -5.5db RMS. I lost a lot of respect for him over that, although it's probably something pushed on him by the band's representatives or record company.

    Look - of course an ME with a good room is the best option if you have a budget for it - otherwise, you can use many other tools to good effect if you educate yourself on how to do it, but whichever outboard gear or plugins you use, without reasonable monitors in a good sounding room (usually involving some kinds of suitable treatment) it is a waste of time and money.

    The majority of amateur musicians cannot afford a mastering budget, so educate yourself on how to mix properly, because any mastering job requires a great mix in the first place and with experience you can learn more about the mastering process. Bob Katz's http://www.digido.com site is a good place to start and his book 'Mastering Audio : The Art And The Science (2nd edition)' by Focal Press 2008 is a great read for the intermediate to experienced home recordist.
  14. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    Re: You can be a great mastering tool too

    I don't think it's as bad as you are saying. People answer specific questions about specific problems all the time. But there are tons of posts that either explicitly or implicitly ask for a paint-by-numbers set of directions for mastering. The post that started this is pretty typical of the genre. I don't think anyone need apologize for the reaction.
  15. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    FYI - Re: Ted Jensen -
    I was on this very forum about 2 or 3 years ago bitching about his botch job on 2 completely unrelated albums - Liz Phair and Keane. Both are pushed so hard that the albums are beyond unlistenable. It's a shame - both are great CDs with the exception of the over-limited constantly distorting crap.

    I now return you to your regularly scheduled weekly "I wanna master it myself but don't know how" topic.

  16. SeniorFedup

    SeniorFedup Guest

    speaking of poor mastering jobs the latest Beck album in collab with danger mouse ,sounded so muddy and bassy i was sad to see a good album go into the swamp

    rsp sounds like you just got those wares (exept for uad) cracked by H20 and now you are asking the world how to use em. i may be wrong but being that i used to download the exact same ones you did (xept tracks, but then this was years ago. it may be out now) had to ask..
    sorry but why would you spend so much on software and ask such a question. then again ,,, i dont have a job right now
  17. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    He has them "available" to him. I don't think he owns the software or hardware. Likely at a friends or a school or local studio.
  18. SeniorFedup

    SeniorFedup Guest

    Good point.
    although i didn't anyware stating that .
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