First off, WOW.

Thanks for the huge response to my album release yesterday. Blown away by your support, and very thankful.

Thank you.

I don’t deserve such awesome subscribers.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the album yet, you can do that here:

Okay, on to today’s topic.

I asked my buddy Ian Shepherd to master the album for me.

Gotta say, I knew he was good, but it was awesome to hear his work on my own album.

A great mastering job can be an amazing thing for your mixes. It won’t fix ’em if they have major issues, but it can really enhance them.

My bass player Joel told me he wanted to kiss Ian after listening to the finished masters. 🙂

Joel had heard the finished mixes and liked his bass tone before, but some of the magic Ian dropped into the low end of these mixes really pushed his bass tone to awesome new levels.

Okay, so here are a few expectations you should have when you send your mixes to be mastered.

  • Your mixes will still sound like your mixes, mistakes and all. Don’t expect them to sound completely different.
  • Your mixes will be nice and loud without being overly compressed and limited (if the mastering engineer isn’t caught up in the silly Loudness Wars).
  • Your mixes will sound more consistent from one to the next. Mastering is great for evening out the overall tonal balance of each of your mixes, so that the album sounds nice and cohesive.
  • The low end of your mixes will come to life. I loved the way my mixes sounded, but after Ian got done with them, the low end had added presence and “tightness” that was just exquisite. A bad mastering job will sacrifice low end punch for loudness. Ian did just the opposite. The masters are nice and loud and still PLENTY punchy.

So, how does Ian go about mastering a song?

Good question. 🙂 If you join Dueling Mixes right now, we’ve made last month’s mastering video from Ian available for a limited time.

It’s an over-the-shoulder look at how he masters a song.

Go absorb the awesome here:

Joe Gilder
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