Communications with the ME were indirect, through a band member. I was told to "take everything off of the master buss," so I took the L1 Ultramaximizer off (but left the Slate VTM... don't tell). As I noted before, I mixed it thinking that, given the recording conditions and comments from a band member, the track was headed for free download on the band's website, hence the L1 and higher levels. Taking off the L1 left some clipping, plus I needed to build in some headroom.
I have since obtained contact information and reached out to the ME. Whether he is annoyed or not is not my real concern so much any more, but rather making sure that I provide a good, usable track.
your a newby ?????? with all this gear ?
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I am a newbie to mixing for mastering
and preparing that deliverable
, not to recording or mixing for direct release. I have been recording and mixing for years, starting with a 4 track cassette, then 8-track mini disc, then an Akai DPS24, and finally computer systems building up to what I have today. I have what I have, equipment and software wise, to produce usable live drum tracks for projects, which is my main recording purpose. I'm afraid a UR22 wouldn't cut it for the drum tracking! I also enjoy assisting local bands/friend's bands with demos, assisting local organizations with voiceovers for video and some music for video, and assisting various friends/artists in publishing some decent tracks for internet distribution. I have added plugs and equipment as time, money, and the "need" presented themselves, but I also clearly have GAS (or with plugins, is it PIAS?). Do I have too much for my skill level and use... um, YES. Do the choices fry my brain... sometimes! But generally, no, because I have my go-to's and only play with the others as time/need presents.
But, in this case, a friend's band had some tracks recorded in an untreated basement using "less-than-pro" equipment, with no real isolation. I took one track and did my thing, and based on the result, the band decided that the recordings were worth putting onto a CD. So, I would say my efforts in mixing were successful, and used what I own to produce something that excited the band and saved the good performance from the less-than-ideal recording situation.
But, I did not prepare it for mastering (and frankly, I have not done that before), and much of my automation was made to the L1, so I did not want to lose the automation moves by having to reduce the levels of each track.
The thread and responses were helpful, and appreciated. I ended up doing the mix twice, one lowering the gain/trim in each track that directly fed the 2-buss, and one just lowering the master fader. I tweaked some automation and adjusted some compressors on a few tracks, and it worked out. So, thanks everyone!
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