#1
My band are just finishing up with mixing our 2nd E.P. and we're thinking of getting it mastered. Now i've been reading a lot about the subject because I really don't know that much about it. My main question is how much of a difference does mastering really make to a project? Is it worth the extra money we're going to spend on it?
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#2
I guessing that if you are happy with the recordings then don't bother. But if you feel that they could be improved you should go for it
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#3
Quote by turtlewax
I guessing that if you are happy with the recordings then don't bother. But if you feel that they could be improved you should go for it



But i've often heard people saying that you should be very happy with the quality of your recording before you get it mastered
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#4
I think you should try. At the very least get someone to do one track, or part of a track, for you so that you can hear what difference it makes. I'm sure there are people on this board that could master a song just to give an idea of how it might sound. Overall, you need to feel good about your mix before you start worrying about mastering though.
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#5
Mastering is about overall soundlevel, compression and dynamics, Equalizing and noise reduction. Mastering is done on the mixed and compleate overall-track.

Personly i think that it's easy to hear when a song isn't mastered probaly, i sound kind of raw and sometimes disproportional.
But the band im in, we had some recordings mastered, and they where like - over mastered - the songs sounded flat and had lost their dynamics.

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#6
I've actually taken ebon00s advice and gone and found someone who will master half a song for us to show the difference so hopefully that should setle the matter for me. Thanks
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