Yesterday, I got to drop by Tom Zartler’s studio - awesome, awesome time hanging with him - on the way back from a trip to the D.C. for work. And while I can easily imagine myself camping on the floor of his control room, I did get some great tips, etc. for mixing and stuff from him. (Thanks Tom!)
That got me thinking about remixing some old stuff and actually doing an explicit mastering step. Since my master bus, currently, typically has a few plugs in it:
TDS (Variety of Sound)
HDR (Variety of Sound)
Frequency Analyst (Blue Cat)
Peak Meter Pro (Blue Cat)
That really doesn’t leave much in terms of really being able to do some of the traditional mastering stuff, like add a Compressor in the chain (while keeping the Limiter but changing it so that it’s a brick wall instead of Light Peak Limiting, like I use it now).
My question to those who consider their process to include mastering is this:
Do you master as a separate project?
If so, do you do it in the same directory?
What plugs do you use in the Mixing project vs. the Mastering project?
What I’m trying to do is determine a good process / workflow for me so that a) it’s not onerous and b) I don’t end up confusing myself and start mastering inconsistently from track to track.