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Old 12-06-2016, 08:14 PM   #1
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Mastering while mixing or the final mix audio?

Do you prefer to master while mixing, or to master the final audio of your finished mix?

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Old 12-06-2016, 09:34 PM   #2
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Re: Mastering while mixing or th final mix audio?

I think you're using the term 'mastering' loosely if it can be done while mixing, lol

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Old 12-07-2016, 01:23 AM   #3
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Re: Mastering while mixing or th final mix audio?

Maybe, but there are people who master while mixing. My first question, really, is: is better to master on the final mix audio bounced, or BEFORE of to bounce to audio the final mix?

I have had making my own stuff for twenty years now, and i have never do it correctly, i think: To mix all, bouce to audio, and working the mastering on that audio.

I always have mixed with some of the master effects "on", thinking that i Žld have more idea about the final sound, making this, while mixing, really... is a bit difficult to express all these things because english is not my idiom. But i think you understand me.
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Old 12-07-2016, 02:02 AM   #4
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Re: Mastering while mixing or th final mix audio?

I don't think there is any problem mixing into a mastering chain provided you always check / reference the mix with it off. My last track I "mastered" right there in the original project but best rule of thumb is to bounce the mix and bring it into a new session.

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Re: Mastering while mixing or th final mix audio?

Not sure about how you're managing to keep DSP limitations under control. I invariably have to bounce and/or re-sample to thin out the FX chain. For the same reason, I bounce to audio once I am done with gain staging. Sometimes, especially with hardware, I record with max gain (that is peak at or below -6dB) to keep options open ITB.

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Re: Mastering while mixing or th final mix audio?

Ok, RFJ, and liquid_air, thank you very much. iŽll definitely will work bouncing audio and mastering it, the next time...
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Re: Mastering while mixing or th final mix audio?

Well, usually I partly mix everything while writing, then mix everything again and finally do very soft mastering (gentle EQ, light compression, some stereo spread maybe) , because I still lack mastering skills.
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Re: Mastering while mixing or th final mix audio?

I have a basic mastering chain going while I mix, usually just eq>compression>limiting and those settings are light and in the case of the EQ mainly just a 20hz/20khz hipass/lopass. When I'm happy with the mix I'll bypass the master buss and render out the stereo mix, checking if it's still good after rendering. Then it goes to a true mastering session where it gets properly mastered- highly detailed compression settings/multiple instances of compression/mid-side processing, saturation etc.

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