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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 8:24 am    Post subject: Audio Mastering Reply with quote

Hello everyone,

I'm looking for advise on what I need to provide my customers with when mastering a song.

I've been able to get good reviews from my already standing customers and was wondering if anyone has advised as to what the songs need to have as far as specs:

i.e 16 bit recording, 44.1 kHz.

My songs are almost always pumped to -9 or -8 RMS. It seems to be the norm for most of my customers.

I guess I'm looking for the red tape of mastering standards if anyone can tell me what they are.

Thank for you help.
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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2008 4:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

-9 to -8dbRMS is definitely too much. for any kind of music.
you end up with no dynamics at all. google "loudness war". some interesting articles there.
suggestions for an industry standard seem to be between -20 and -14, depending on who you listen to and genre.
if you are mastering for CD there's the red book standard covering technical aspects.
unfortunately that's pretty much all i know about mastering. but there's some gurus here on this forum. you might want to check massive mastering's website. he's got some fantastic articles there and unlike myself, he knows what he's talking about
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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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i.e 16 bit recording, 44.1 kHz.

Well, yeah.
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I guess I'm looking for the red tape of mastering standards if anyone can tell me what they are.

More than anyone I know could put on a forum...

Red Book specs are easy -- But it's never that easy.

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