Need mastering advice...

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I've been using Emagic WaveBurner Pro on a G4 MAC for mastering and
have been very pleased with results I'm getting. I generally use Waves
Ultramaximizer and
sometimes some EQ if I want to even out some color issues. The tracks
sound good in my studio and the other test spaces I use.

The problem is that when I compare the sound of my tracks to other
commercially done tracks they're never as loud or "present". If I turn
up the vloume to compensate then that does the trick--more or less. So
you'd figure that the solution would be to just master hotter, except
I'm already doing my mixes in Cubase at like +3.5db and then cranking
it even more with Ultramaximizer.

The biggest manifestation of this problem is that recently I'm getting
a lot of play on internet radio like ArtistLaunch and others
(converted to MP3). Inevitably my cuts don't seem to have the presence
or volume/punch that the adjoining tracks do. I wondering if maybe I'm
using too much compression. I'd be happy to post a link to some of the
shows I'm on if someone who does mastering would care to listen and
give me an honest critique. Obviously this is only concerning the MP3
versions of the files but I think that the problem is there regardless
of the format.

I'm a songwriter/singer/guitarist with a home studio and trying to do
it all for the time being. It's challenging. Thanks for any help.
 
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<db@davidbrewbaker.com> wrote:
>
> I've been using Emagic WaveBurner Pro on a G4 MAC for mastering and
> have been very pleased with results I'm getting. [...] my cuts don't
> seem to have the presence or volume/punch that the adjoining tracks
> do.


I'm not a mastering engineer so I'm not in a good position to help, but:

Have you considered using a pro mastering house and watching/asking
questions as the project proceeds? Booking a commercial studio is a
good way to learn recording and mixing. It seems to follow that
mastering might be similar.

--
"It CAN'T be too loud... some of the red lights aren't even on yet!"
- Lorin David Schultz
in the control room
making even bad news sound good

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