It’s so close I can taste it. Here it is 1am and I just finished the first go-round of mastering on all eleven tracks. No, I didn’t do them all tonight. The brain couldn’t handle it. All eleven were done over the course of the last week, eeking out a few minutes here and there when I could find the time.
Just for fun I took a picture (attached) of some of my album notes. You probably can’t read much, but here’s a brief rundown of what you’ll see: Track names; BPM; early mastering notes; RMS volume info. For this album I’m paying a lot more attention to the RMS volume values. Previous mastered works of mine worked primarily off of the peak volume values with strong limiting to increase perceived volume. This time, with quite a bit more knowledge and experience I’ve switched to RMS values. I find that it allows a more balanced volume level throughout a track, and across multiple tracks.
I also taught myself the power of mid/side processing tonight. It’s like audio control in 15 dimensions, or something like that. No matter how dimensions it works in, it’s a very powerful way of manipulating sound and controlling where it sits in the soundfield. Minor adjustments just using the side component for frequency enhancement seemed to really open up a couple of tracks, allowing more breathing room for the mid-range freqs. I’ll give all the tracks a good listen on fresh ears tomorrow to see how I did, and I’m prepared for one more go-round of minor tweaking and polishing. I also have to finalize a couple of blended transitions between tracks. Once that is finished it will be time to dump all of the tracks into Waveburner for the final album master.
Then I can do the album artwork.
Then I can prep for CDBaby.
Then I can send off a master for duplication.
Then I can be excited again when finished CDs show up my house.
Then I can sleep.