Originally Posted by evollove
1- Is there some mastering program any yabo can get?
2- Super stupid question: are only two track mixes mastered?
they use the same programms as a lot of musicians already use these days.
any kind of audio editor, like peak, wavelab, pro tools etc.
they cost a shitload of money but...its the internet.
the only difference is that they got the perfect monitoring environment & equipment, so they may hear things you wont over your monitors, speaker and or shitty headphones.
plus often they got the expansive outboard gear which can add the special sauce sometimes, but overall you pay them for their ears and their knowledge / craftmanship. they know when and how to do some techniques which arent considered while mixing. like splitting up the signal in MS, that means you get two channels like left and right, but one is for mono and the other is stereo. now you can control both with your faders, like you would do it with normal channels. you can bring in as much ambience as you want and can easily overdo it, thats where the knowledge comes into play. the technique itself can be done with every sequencer like garagebandor something. same for parallel compression or sidechain compression etc.
normally 2 tracks are mastered, if you need to go back to the mixing stage, then for a reason which cant be solved other then at the root.
but if the mix is good you just dont need to go back. so the answer is kind of yes