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Old 02-25-2020, 12:39 PM   #1
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Default Lets say you're searching for a good mastering engineer?

Lets say you're searching for a good mastering engineer?

how do you know if its not the mixing engineer who did the most work you hear in the final thing

basically every time there's a mix and master done by two different people, isn't it hard to decide who influenced the track the most?
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Old 02-25-2020, 12:56 PM   #2
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You can't really tell, but I'd say 90% of the credit/blame goes to the mixing engineer. The mastering engineer is more limited to what he can do and if the mix is bad the mastering engineer can't fix it.


If it's overly-compressed/limited that's probably mastering. (But of course, compression & limiting are also used during mixing and maybe musicians aren't playing "dynamically", etc.)


If it sounds good, the mastering engineer has a good ear and at least the he didn't mess it up!


And, it's important to communicate what you want. Do you want "more loudness"? Do you want to keep most of the dynamics? Do you just want some "final tweaks" and a "2nd opinion"? And/or maybe give him a sample/reference track that you like.

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Old 02-25-2020, 01:30 PM   #3
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Lets say you're searching for a good mastering engineer?

how do you know if its not the mixing engineer who did the most work you hear in the final thing

basically every time there's a mix and master done by two different people, isn't it hard to decide who influenced the track the most?
You can spot mastering-errors -like unbalanced eq, compression to squashed/to little/ gain-issues.
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