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banjo1971 - Posted - 01/19/2019:  07:28:04


I'm just a hobbyist at mastering.  I've been too scared to use my home mastering program for years.  Now I have an opportunity to record and mix a buddy of mine and I'm learning some basics for the eventual mastering process.



About 3 years ago, our bluegrass band recorded "Traveling Soldier," written by Bruce Robison.  I mixed it the best I could, and basically just threw some plugins on the master bus to bring up the volume.  But I've been doing some deeper study of how to do basic mastering now with WaveLab from Steinberg.



Here's a couple of high quality mp3s of the original mix, and then the master I made this morning from WaveLab.  



 



 

xnavyguy - Posted - 01/19/2019:  08:10:42


Very nice work Doug. You did a nice job, keeping everything clear and balanced. I like the way you brought the vocals up front in the master. I assume WaveLab is some sort of program that lets you do that sort of stuff.

I've been doing a lot of live, 2 channel stereo recording of different bands at different venues around Austin and have managed to produce 3 distribution CD's. I'm too cheap to buy any software and too dumb to use it if I bought it. I've been relying on Audacity to do all my mastering.

banjo1971 - Posted - 01/19/2019:  08:55:33


Thanks Jerry, I'm having fun at this. Everything seems better in this program than putting effects on the master bus in ProTools. The vocals kind of pop out by themselves, but EQ boost at about 2k Hz helps. I boosted around 120 Hz and took out some mud at 300 Hz. Of course a boost in the highs too. WaveLab Elements makes a saturator and harmonics tube plugin too, which helps thicken up stuff.

2BUCKS - Posted - 01/19/2019:  10:32:45


Hey Doug! I'm enjoying the Panther Creek Sessions and Bonus CD's I bought from you before the Holidays. They're both in my truck's CD player as we speak. Did you do the mastering work on those? 'cause they both sound like great recordings to me. Nice work! Great pickin'! Steve

Old Hickory - Posted - 01/19/2019:  11:59:19


Sounds great. So is the underlying mix the same? The new version is so much clearer, richer and brighter.

banjo1971 - Posted - 01/19/2019:  19:55:28


quote:

Originally posted by 2BUCKS

Hey Doug! I'm enjoying the Panther Creek Sessions and Bonus CD's I bought from you before the Holidays. They're both in my truck's CD player as we speak. Did you do the mastering work on those? 'cause they both sound like great recordings to me. Nice work! Great pickin'! Steve






Hey Steve, I'm glad you are liking the music off those cds!  I did all the mixing/mastering on those, but I'll admit I didn't know very much back then, and the sound quality is pretty amazingly poor lol..  That was back in 2006 and again in 2011 I think.  This mastering software is brand new to me, just a few weeks.  But I'm glad you are enjoying them!

banjo1971 - Posted - 01/19/2019:  19:56:43


quote:

Originally posted by Old Hickory

Sounds great. So is the underlying mix the same? The new version is so much clearer, richer and brighter.






Ken, yeah the mix you hear is the mix I used to manipulate in the mastering software to come up with the other one. 

xnavyguy - Posted - 01/20/2019:  04:34:23


Doug,

This is a little off topic but I've also been experimenting with single (mono) track stuff to see if I can fatten it up, given the limitations. On this piece, I plugged my guitar and vocal mic into a home-made, passive (no knobs) mixer that I built out of XLR connectors and resistors. I made a recording and used a single track for both the left and right channels. I inverted the right channel, added some delay and then some compression to both channels. I then went back & added a bass track using my upright bass. You're right about this stuff being a lot of fun.



Here's a link to the mono tune. The song was written by a friend of mine:



reverbnation.com/jerryrabun/so...rate-song

2BUCKS - Posted - 01/20/2019:  05:35:58


quote:

Originally posted by Doug Knecht

quote:

Originally posted by 2BUCKS

Hey Doug! I'm enjoying the Panther Creek Sessions and Bonus CD's I bought from you before the Holidays. They're both in my truck's CD player as we speak. Did you do the mastering work on those? 'cause they both sound like great recordings to me. Nice work! Great pickin'! Steve






Hey Steve, I'm glad you are liking the music off those cds!  I did all the mixing/mastering on those, but I'll admit I didn't know very much back then, and the sound quality is pretty amazingly poor lol..  That was back in 2006 and again in 2011 I think.  This mastering software is brand new to me, just a few weeks.  But I'm glad you are enjoying them!


You're selling yourself short. It's good stuff.




 

rudy - Posted - 01/20/2019:  16:14:55


I can recommend all the Terry West stuff.  See his website for many, many plug-ins, including mastering plugs.



Terry West Productions



Most of them are VERY inexpensive "donation" ware.  Some of the earlier ones are available as free downloads:



vst4free.com/free_vst.php?id=1719



A good way to learn what you're doing is to audition pre-sets until you find something you like.  It's easy to then ascertain what all the individual module setting are that got the resultant sound that you like.


Edited by - rudy on 01/20/2019 16:17:15

Veerstryngh Thynner - Posted - 01/22/2019:  06:53:20


Doug,



If you'd like to learn more about home recording, check out The Recording Revolution.



Veerstryngh Thynner

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