idk but nowadays a lot of people think mastering is something to do by themself. of course when you make dance tracks and you want to check them in your next dj set, you can put them trough a pseudo mastering rack in your daw, or if you put together a podcast and you want to blend unreleased stuff into it.thevegasnerve wrote:Yeah as I crank out more stuff, I find myself worrying more about the mix/mastering than just making songs. I turn over the mastering to someone else now so that helps my process.calaveras wrote:Usually the best stuff happens when you are not being overly precious about your work. Just spit it out.
For example, I usually get the best notes when I arbitrarily pick a scale I know very well and play 'random' stuff while being very particular about the rhythm I'm playing.
Of course a human chemical machine is not capable of generating truly random output. The random notes I play are being picked by me, just not in a deliberate way.
I have no problem coughing up endless good snippets of music. And even constructing songs of them.
The hard part is finishing the mix!
Now which EQ to use?
there's one saying that i learned from an older guy in engeneering:
if you master you own mix, you will repeat what you have done wrong.
it's important to have another pair of ears to correct those things.
even if everythings perfect with the mix, there's still some gain at this stage.
regarding this you're on the right path.
time passing i tend to be more and more precise with mixing from start on.
it get to the point that in every stage i work on a song / structure i do a little bit of mixing. from the initial patch, down to the final recording af a multitrack arrangement. eq on here, volume adjustment there.
next investemt on this site would be a better mixing solution. thinking to start a 500er rack with nice channel strips for the more important tracks. then maybe replacing the 40ch soundcraft desk with two racks sitting on a table. i guess it's still way cheaper than going for a descent desk.
but first the thing that would really help now, would be to patch the insert points on the desk in a patchbay, so it allows me to intuitivly work with fx / pedals before recording so i don't have to overdub or using itb fx later.
because then again, working with fx also leads you to the problematic zones of a speficic track / patch and then you're still in the position to change rather to correct (especially with dynamic content) and then it's time you save on the not so fun part and precision you add to the overall sounddesign.