A while ago, I wrote a song - You Said - that I recorded with the help of Mark Petruzzi (lead vox) and my oldest daughter (who helped with backing vox). Over the past few months, I’ve been exploring the process of mastering so when I finally got around to this song I was quite excited to see how I could make an already very good mix even better.
I went through the trouble of remixing the song to prepare for what I knew would happen when I actually mastered it: I pulled the bass back a bit since I knew that frequency area would open up; I added sheen to the vocals to help them stand out more; etc.
Then I went through my current mastering process, including compression, EQ, exciter, saturation and limiting. When I listened to the result, however, through my monitors and my car I couldn’t hear a difference.
My monitors are not more than average - Yamaha SM-3’s - and my car lacks bass response. And my ears aren’t what they used to be either. So I’m posting this here to get your impression on the A/B comparison of the two.
Both links are to MP3s. I know this is lossy but that’s the format I tend to mix down to for listening in the car. I will upload to Bandcamp in WAV when I re-release though.
If you’re interested in the gear used, signal chain, etc. please post here and I’ll put up the information.