miércoles, 18 de abril de 2012

Mixing with Mastering in Mind 2 ( BY BOBBY OWSINSKI )

Watch your fades. If you trim the heads and tails of your track too tightly, you might
discover that you’ve trimmed a reverb trail or an essential attack or breath. Leave a
little room and perfect it in mastering, where you will probably hear things better.

Document everything. You’ll make it easier on yourself and your mastering person
if everything is well documented, and you’ll save yourself some money too. The
documentation expected includes any flaws, digital errors, distortion, bad edits,
fades, shipping instructions, and record company identification numbers. If your
songs reside on hard disk as files, make sure that each file is properly IDed for easy
identification (especially if you’re not going to be at the mastering session).

Alternate mixes can be your friend. A vocal up, vocal down, or instrument-only mix
can be a lifesaver when mastering. Things that aren’t apparent while mixing sometimes
jump right out during mastering, and having an alternative mix around can
sometimes provide a quick fix and keep you from having to remix. Make sure you
document them properly, though.

Check your phase when mixing. It can be a real shock when you get to the mastering
studio, the engineer begins to check for mono compatibility, and the lead singer or
guitar disappears from the mix because something in the track is out of phase. Even
though this was more of a problem in the days of vinyl and AM radio, it’s still an
important point because many so-called stereo sources (such as television) are either
pseudo-stereo or only stereo some of the time. Check it and fix it before you get there.

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