the best way to master?

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i know this is one of those questions like - what's the best party you've ever been to, or which is the most pleasing shade of mauve, but to be honest i'm curious as to how people master their tunes...

i usually use a touch of waves ultramaximiser+ before whipping out izotope oxygen for the full-on master. just wondering whether anyone has any foolproof methods, preferred softwares or should i be going into hardware...?

i know some of the mastering process has to do with potential output, speaker set-ups etc... so i'd like to add that i usually shuffle between my panasonics and the nastiest, tackiest set of headphones i can find to get a good idea of how much treble/mid/bass needs adjusting and how well the mastered mix comes out... still, there always seems to be a lack of "professional tone" to it...

so... what do you use, why, how do use it etc..?
 

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I have only dabbled in mastering. When I do I use the waves plugins. LinEQ broadband Narrow band to handle the sub end R comp ultramaximiser and so on. I use Wave lab to do all this in. I stick some audio leads in to the front panel of my TV and A B from my speakers to my TV to get an idea of different speaker types. I have bought some Alesis M1 MK2 monitors Yay and haven't yet done any mastering with them but now I should be able to get a better idea of what’s going on. If and when I do master on of my tracks its only ever if I'm sticking it on a CD for a friend who will be playing it on a little stereo or something and to bring the level up a bit when posting on the web. When it comes to full on mastering I leave it alone especially with my own stuff. Knowing a tune to intimately can blur you judgment on the mastering side of things. So it’s only ever a quick chuck through waves or T-racks 24 and only ever very subtle to avoid any real problems that my untrained ear might miss. At least I hope.:Sad:
 
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makdaddy

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same here, although i usually load my .wav back into logic and load the following in this order onto the channel strip Waves REQ6 / Waves L2 / then a little plug in called Tapeit! to record without having to leave the digital environment.
 
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Ott^

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imak said:
then a little plug in called Tapeit! to record without having to leave the digital environment.
Silly question, but why don't you just bounce it down digitally in Logic?
 
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makdaddy

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i knew someone would say that...if i could i would, but i could never get it to work!
 
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Ott^

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Why not?

You just click the "Bounce" button at the bottom of the output object and give it a name - simple.

What is it not doing?


Edit: Just had a think and.....

You have to have the "cycle" switched on, and the left and right locators set to encompass the bit you want to bounce.

I bet thats what you're doing wrong....

The bounce function only bounces what is within the cycle markers.

If they're not set and the cycle not switched on it'll just ignore you.
 
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makdaddy

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i cant remember, infact thinking back, it may have been an older version of Logic that this function didnt work on and i had got used to using tapeit instead, so when i moved onto 5.5 i didnt think to check.

will check this out when i get home tonight.
 
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makdaddy

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Ott^ said:
Edit: Just had a think and.....

You have to have the "cycle" switched on, and the left and right locators set to encompass the bit you want to bounce.

I bet thats what you're doing wrong....

The bounce function only bounces what is within the cycle markers.

If they're not set and the cycle not switched on it'll just ignore you.

oooh right cycle markers....

i'll post up laters & let you know how it went.
 
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makdaddy

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got a feeling you have hit the nail on the head there OTT

thanks :Smile3:
 

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When I bounce I just set up the loop and it bounces in that section or you can type the first and last bar numbers right in to the bounce fields.
 
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makdaddy

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boing! boing! boing!...its working

fan-bloody-tastic :Smile3:


muchos grassy arse amigo
 
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