Hiya to all dear Cubaers all over the world !
Few months ago I posted this very same song into this very forum (or maybe it was the earlier one). I got positive feedback and loads of tips what I should do, change and so on. Well, I tried to better the mix (and inhouse master) and I got it louder and slightly punchier…allthough there were few comments stating that this is not punchy yet.
I was bit lost at that point…I needed to review my mixing process…well…my “music room” is my haven, keep…a place where only I am entitled to enter…and every time when I get there it is like an escape from the real world…you know - music, playing, mixing - maybe few beers…maybe few beers more…until everything sounds so frigginfanstatic and so on…
well, back to originial story…Lenny was asking for more bass. Ian wanted to have more solid kick. So my next mix was heavier on those. Or that is wat I thought…okay, I wanted to mix this song OTB using my nice SSL, Drawmer,DBX, Lexicon and TC gear. And my nice mixer to glue everything together with the fairy analogue dust. And I was so happy - good mix. Of course Lenny and Ian said that “I can hear the bass but kick still has no punch / definition”. WTF.
Okay, I’m fortunate enough to have a pro mastering engineer as my friend and I send my mix to him (pure mix, no bus compressor, no HPF) and asked if he could make it sound nice. The answer was : whole mix is so distorted that I would not touch it even with a long stick. Everything is distorted. You have a problem there mate. And I thought he was my friend…
But when I was sober I started to review my recording and monitoring chain…and my mixer…I found out that I had calibrated my mixer VU meters wrongly…so there was a fair amount of distortion in summed mix already. Then, I had a Samson matrix controller - really handy tool if you need to combine multiple monitor speakers and multiple sources…I took that out from my monitoring chain and I started to hear things, or differences…it was the biggest source for monitoring distortion I ever had…
So I made another OTB mix. Didn’t normalize it, didn’t put HPF nor my favourite SSL mix bus compressor and sent the mix to him again…he said that now it is so much better - not HiFi though - and I can try to do something…and he did. I do actually like the end result quite a bit. It is so much clearer (you can even hear all the mistakes which were masked earlier).
So here it is…braunie : Always mastered
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…and keep your comments coming !!! I have learned so much during this process…thanks to you all !!!
Does it sound better now ? BTW…this master was done in good old 80’s way - prior voume war…so if it is not that loud crank up the amplifier…it has less limiting distortion I guess