When a label heard one of their songs that sounded quieter next to another on the compilation, they would freak out and demand that the mastering engineer on the next record pump up the level…
Every member of a band obviously has an agenda when it comes to the final mix, but what can you do if they’re all in the room at decision time?
Misunderstood by many, all engineers should familiarize themselves with the process of mastering early in their career.
Mastering your own recordings might not sound as good as the final product from professional mastering engineers, however, if you follow these rules you’ll stay out of trouble and get the tracks sounding better than you likely expected.
Although some artists and mixers get lucky by flying through a mix, making and mixing records usually takes a lot of time and attention.
Monitor selection can be intensely personal, but there are some tried and true basics you should keep in mind.