Mastering Bingo Suggestions!

    • February 23, 2023 at 9:40 am #4981
      Bob Katz

        Here’s one:

        We want the master louder!

        And borrowing from the great Roey Shamir in a post on FB:

        M. E.: I received your files – they’re mono. CLIENT: but both speakers are playing.


        and from Joe Bressler on FB:

        “All mixes have fades and are ready to master”

      • February 23, 2023 at 12:21 pm #4982
        Joe Bressler

          I remember having a debate with someone in a studio about stereo vs mono. They wanted everything in both speakers to make it stereo. The debate was going nowhere, so I asked someone else in the studio and he agreed–everything needs to be in both speakers to make it stereo.

        • February 23, 2023 at 4:04 pm #4983
          Bob Katz

            Oy vey. Maybe that can be turned into another mastering bingo item.

          • February 23, 2023 at 4:09 pm #4984
            Bob Katz

              “In the original mix, I want you to soften the attack of the snare. And also help the presence of the vocal.”

              [to be honest, there is a “fix” for this that can sometimes help — use a fairly short attack narrow band compressor somewhere in the 800 Hz to 3 kHz range for the snare control. Then, MAYBE you can turn up the presence (in mid-side mode) on the mid channel to help the vocal. But it’s a workaround. You’re likely to hurt some other instrument. Fixing this in the mix is the best way to go. You can get really fancy and use a narrow band sidechain tuned to the vocal fundamental to control the sidechain of a narrow band upward expander tuned to the presence frequencies probably somewhere between 2 and 6 kHz]

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