I subscribed to LandR and I found it to be an eye opener, or should I say an ear opener, no, make that a Can opener.
I’m thinking of it, in part, like a plug-in or an educational module. It’s helped me see where I’ve gone wrong, what I’ve done right and I think will help me create better sounding mixes going forward. “Mix with Mastering in mind” is a new motto.
I don’t think this service, or any of the other “automatic” Mastering services, will replace a skilled Master Engineer and Facility, but, at my level, it is helpful. I “Mastered” approximately 73 tracks over the weekend (most short selections) in a variety of genres and they sound pretty damn OK. Some where too this, others too that, and so on, but I have a new window to look though and I like the view.
I think my biggest error has been to try to Mix and Master in one shot. I got over that pretty quickly, but have struggled with final Master creation. This has been where LandR has helped me most.
IMHO, someone sending a mix for approval might do better sending a ‘LandRized’ track rather then sending a track cranked up with limiting. I could also see value in checking a rough or even a first final Mix with LandR to see if you’re on the right path (for those that may need that kind of checking, like me, for example).
If there’s one thing I’d change about my past work flow – not printing more Wav files of Projects, as opposed to some craptastic MP3s I left behind on some projects. Fortunately, that was fewer of the tracks – but damn it!
Any thoughts or suggestions about all this are always welcome. Hope all’s well.