I’ve done a mix-down (with mastering plugs on) for a live CD I recorded for a client. That part is complete, but now the film crew wants the individual tracks so they can boost a few levels when they do close ups on some of the instruments. So my question is this: Because I did the mix with the mastering plugs originally (I tend to mix and master at the same time straight from the Cubase project), should I also mix-down the individual tracks with the mastering plugs on? I’ve never thought of this before, but would that lead to problems once they take all the individual tracks mastered and put them together. Or would this come out essentially the same as using the mastering on the whole song at the same time?
The alternative is to give them the individual tracks unmastered, but it would have to be later mastered.
They did ask for everything individually. I could give them an overall mix with most stuff and then just a couple key instruments, but I think they want control over everything. To be honest, I think the CD mix was great for the video as well, but that’s just me.
I’ll just tell them they’ll have to send it back to me (or someone else) for mastering later. I was assuming that mastering individual tracks wouldn’t work the same. I’ve just never come across this situation before.
I’ve run into this situation a few times. I don’t think there are any right answers, but I avoid giving my individual tracks to anyone if it’s at all possible.
My thought would be-talk to the sound people, explain the problem, and suggest that they give you a QT of the film, and you’ll do boosts of individual instruments where they direct. It makes more work for you, but you have control of the final product, which they may mess up horribly otherwise.
Short of that, I’d give them the mastered tracks rather than having them put their own eq, reverb, echo etc on your tracks. That’s too painful to contemplate (for me, anyway). Lesser of two evils.
Thanks for the thoughts guys. If giving the individual tracks, I was planning on keeping all the volume, effects and panning on, just turning off the mastering plugs. So the blend would have been similar to my mix. But in the end, it sounds like they might go with my mix anyway. I think they started to realize how complicated it might get.