An odd Mastering question, need lots of opinions

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Typo Szar
Member Since: Jul 04, 2002

OK so it took me a really long time to post this, coz for some reason my countries server wont allow me to go hrc.. WEIRD.
Anyhow!!! i have this big question i have to ask, coz my band is gonna start recording our album soon. The hting is we lately have been experimenting wiht our home setup adn getting really good results that were quite happy with. Its not pro stuff, but it sounds close, and its really our sound. So the big question right now is, we can either spend all our money gonig to a big fancy studio and recording it well, or we can spend our money getting it pro mastered. I personally know that a master is something that we just cant do, both coz of equipment and our own skills. I just wanted your guys opinions on how much a difference a master acn make on a cd? and is it smart wat were doing, would u rather spring for the pro studio? just throw ideas at me, coz this is kind of a big decision.

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Mar 30, 2006 12:17 pm

A master makes all the difference in the world, that is where pros and amatuer recordings are told apart...and yes, you CAN do it yourselves...the whole point of this site is to help people NOT pay other people to do their work...isn't it?

Oh, and glad to see you got your issue worked out and are back...

Hold 'Em Czar
Since: Dec 30, 2004

Mar 30, 2006 12:18 pm

a good mastering house will take your mix up one letter say you have a C+ mix, he should be able to make it a B+.....if you're gonna pay for a pro master, it should be done right, no half-assing, don't go for some guy who is 'mastering' on nearfield monitors, he should have an accousticly nutral room with NICE farfield monitors....if you're gonna be selling your cd's for money, then i'd definately look into it...but if you're slingin' them at shows and are hard up for money, then you can get buy without....i say it's ALWAYS worth it if you want to take your music to the next level.



Typo Szar
Since: Jul 04, 2002

Mar 30, 2006 12:27 pm

Yeah thanx guys, we really wanna take this album seriously, coz we got burned on our last. We spent so much money and we got nohting in the end. We know we can master, but we know were just not at that point yet and its wat we need now. Were gonna show our album to a distro company here who handles otehr bands, and if they liek it, theyll print it and distro it everywhere nationally, so its kind of a big deal and can set our band to the otehr level. Id love to master it myself, but just recently have i even started to feel my mixing skills were up to par.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Mar 31, 2006 06:11 pm

crux, having listened to a good bit of your music I would definately say your mixes have improved imensely. I wouldnt spend your money on recording in another studio as you seem to be getting a very good sound. If you truly dont feel you can master the final product, then yes indeed save the money for going to a proper mastering facility.

But I absolutely agree with dB that you can indeed do it. It is just a question of when you feel comfortable enough to attempt it.


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