Recording/Mixing For mastering

 

 

Recording Correctly! If you record the right way and have your instruments mixed to between -6db and -10db before you start recording vocals or if you record your vocals over a stereo instrumental/beat bring that stereo fader down to between -14db and -20db before you start recording vocals. If you record with the beat lower (below -6) then you don't have to use as much Microphone or Mic-Preamp Gain and your vocals will come in a lot cleaner and will sound much batter. If your instruments are mixed too loud or your stereo instrumental/beat is too loud, then you have to raise the Mic Gain to hear the vocals clear and you will be competing with the instruments or stereo instrumental and your vocals will sound harsh and distorted. When using this technique you should be able to turn your headphones up to around three quarters volume or even all the way up and still hear the instruments/ stereo instrumental perfectly, if the instrumental or instruments are mixed too loud then you will not be able to turn the gain on your headphones almost all the way up with out the instruments distorting.

This is the best technique to use so that you have clean vocal recordings which will help create a great sounding Mix, which will then make a great Master. If you use this technique and record your vocals with the instruments/stereo instrumental mixed or brought down low (stereo instrumental) to below -15, when you mix the vocals into your overall mix it should already be between -3db and -6db after you mix the song down to a stereo .wav file and the levels will already be perfect for mastering because the vocals won't add much level/db. The reason why your recordings are not really clean is because you’re recording with the instruments or stereo beat too loud, it’s not your gear or Microphone. I can record on an M-Box 2 with a one hundred dollar Mic and still have a cleaner/clear mix then most of my clients. If the level is too hot we won't have any room fo work with and won't be able to add the right amount of our new custom made Mastering Analog Tube EQ (to give your songs that warm & cozy sound) and our Manley Massive Passive CD Mastering Compressor (which adds that wide, full, upfront, 3 dimensional sound). Please don't compress or limit your mixes to make them louder. We use one of the most transparent and expensive CD Mastering Compressors in the world. We need your mixes to be low and clean with all the dynamics. If you compress or limit your mixes before mastering it will do more harm then good.

CD Mastering – Summary
- Adjust the overall level of your songs while keeping the dynamics.
- Remove noise (if there is any)
- EQ and compression
- Stereo Imaging
- Editing Fad In/Out
- Correct spacing between tracks
- ISRC codes
- Proper arrangement of songs
- write your master to "Red Book" specifications.

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Make sure that you leave a little bit of head room (3 to 6 dB) so that we have room for Analog EQ and Mastering Compression. The loudest point in your Song (or the peak) should be between -3 to -6db with no limiter or compression on overall Song/Mix, Compression is ok if you use it correctly on a separated track in the mix but not on the Song/Main Mix as a whole.
The biggest mistake people make is sending us Audio Files/Songs that are too hot, clipping, limited or compressed. Learn more about audio clipping.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clipping_ (audio)

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