I'm glad we are protected for the Communist party...
Now, can someone please save us from the Republican Party?
341 posts • joined 19 Jan 2016
Re-reading my post, you're making an awful lot of assumptions about the state of these recordings after mixing and what had to happen in mastering. If a final mix is clipping anywhere when it hits mastering - it wasn't set up right for mastering and would get thrown back. If a mastered recording is clipping anywhere - It wasn't mastered correctly (that is, to the published standards) or (more likely) the properly mixed recording is hitting the front end of your playback system too hot and overpowering the pre-amp.
The drum effect you are talking about is called 'side chaining' and is not a mastering step - it happens in the mix, and can sound like ass if not done well, but is smooth like butter when done properly.
"Turn off your compressors and limiters" is a pretty naive statement. Mastering is a technical process much more than an artistic one. There are well understood values for LUFS and peakDB values to ensure best possible playback on consumer devices and streaming services. . In fact, most engineers do it through a completely several set of monitors different from than what was used for mixing - "reference standard crappy speakers" to simulate most consumer quality gear. I personally master on a set of powered 6" monitors, then check it back through JBL 4310s. Once it it sounding good on the small monitors it usually sounds amazing on the big ones.
Compression is part of the signal chain for all broadcast, and all streaming services. It's not a bad thing at all or some kind of sonic sin.
I was doing some hard core audio engineering last week, preparing a series of mixed audio recordings for production of CD disks as well as streaming services, making sure that the recordings are of the proper loudness levels and peak dBs for correct playback on those platforms.
This process is called "Mastering"
And per the naming convention standards of the P&E guild of National Academy of Recording Arts and Science (NARAS...Aka "The Grammys" )...Each of the final output files is labeled "SONG TITLE- MASTER"
I am a terrible person for using such derogatory and insensitive language.
Consider this my public apology.
When I shot film, I was an Olympus guy, professionally. Optics of the Zuiko lenses were really the superior product (IMO only second to Leitz) and it was a system that was every bit as extensive as Nikon. Still have a pile of OM bodies and Zuiko glass...OM-1n, OM-2, OM-4 and the OM3-T because I didn't sell them when they were worth anything. When I switched to digital (a bit late) I tried to stay in Olympus but the 4:3 format and lens incompatibility with my quiver of glass mean't I would have to rebuy it all anyway. I switched to Canon full frame since I had to re-buy the glass anyway and haven't looked back.
The process of choosing a camera platform is completely different from the film days...An OM-1 was just a mechanical light tight box with a shutter, an OM-3 or OM-4 is the same light tight box with a better light meter...but you changed the "Sensor" with every roll of film, and so the investment was in the glass.
Now, the sensor is generally fixed in the camera (excepting pro stuff like Phase One). And, yeah, for the consumer market, there are silly good digital cameras built into most cell phones so why even bother with a point and shoot? Olympus really never even entered the digital pro market - OM-D is OK at best compared to competitive systems, and so, there's no real product other than something pro-sumer.
The medical imaging and other optical stuff is apparently doesn't go with this spin off...I hope whatever is left of Olympus continues to thrive but they're been personally irrelevant to me for years.
Epson Inkjet for real photographic work. The commercial ones are very reliable and the cost of Genuine Ink is acceptable for the quality.
But inkjet is ruinously expensive and far too slow for simple print work.
A Brother colour laser printer handes that. On my 2nd in 12 years. The first was a Dell badged but made by Brother job that was just an absolute indestructable tank for high volume print work. I replaced it with the most similar Brother model I could find when the print head died for the second time 10 years in (after I don't even know how many pages printed).
Per volume HP Ink (and toner) is more expensive than Dom Perignon. It doesn't taste as good but Dom Perignon just doesn't have the resolution.
I had to stay in the grey low ceilinged jail that is the MGM Grand while working a trade show last summer. I recall they were pimping a "Players Club" thing pretty hard on check in. I passed on the deal, but the sorts of details they are talking about here could be from that loyalty club...
My 4th floor room had a great view of a dumpster in an alley and was only slightly larger than the bed that filled it. Miserable place..then again, if you are going to Vegas they don't want you hanging out in your room...
Is locally thought of as "The Silicon Valley of the South"... Thanks to NASA, the Redstone Arsenal, and a lot of contractors associated with same.
Having lived in Huntsville, and in Silicon Valley....I can authoritatively say that Huntsville is more like the Milpitas of the South...or maybe Alviso...
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