I'm mixing down an album right now (electonic/hip-hop) and when listening to reference CDs I'm hearing tight hard bottom end and sparkling highs. When I mix I have this but not at the level in terms of presence that these other CDs have it. Is that mastering? My stuff is sounding good but I was wondering when I can say "the rest is left for mastering" even if that rest is just these small little details. I want to make sure I'm not taking the easy way out here and giving tehse songs the attention they deserve.
I'll put it this way, the people I show the music to that aren't engineers or sound guys can't tell the difference. I can.
Thanks mastering guys and gals for helping out the mixer! I'm hoping to make you're job as easy as possible by getting the best mixes possible.