So, please clarify something for me. If my ME is not mastering for the purpose of balancing a group of songs that will be distributed together (say, an album), what would be the rationale for my sending just a solo song to him/her for mastering, for the purpose of making it sound better by itself. Not being difficult: I just don’t know.
Why wouldn’t I just send him/her my entire project to tweak my mix? E.g., I’m trying to pull some stuff together for Jonathan to do just that (BTW, Jonathan, I haven’t forgotten or given up! Just busy, and still working on tightening up my guitar playing as y’all suggested! ). I’m sure there are others here that do that as well (BTW, if so, it’d be cool to know who y’all are!).
As far as the “health” of the mix, I am hoping to learn (with the help of, among other things, this forum!) to get the best possible mix myself. I really wanna learn to do that. Then send it to the Jonathans of this world who can tweak my mix and educate me in the process. Or post it here for a good bashing! Good stuff!
As far as volume, there are all kinds of LUFS meters and standards that can help me get my songs to a standard volume. Again, if releasing as an album, there I see the value of a ME. Big time, btw.
If not for that, I’m thinking the biggest part is getting the mix as good as I can get it, as close to commercial-sounding as I can get it. Or, as Graham puts it, “mix to master.”
BTW, I apologize if I offend any of you with my questions. I’m new to this, and am loving it!. Getting a lot out of these discussions. So please trust me that I’m not trying to pretend I know half as much as any of you! Certainly not trying to push a point of view or insist I’m right. I really am just trying to understand and get a good perspective on when and why (and “if”) mastering should be a part of my workflow.
Thanks for your patience with me!