What can mastering do ?

JPRitchie

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Hello recording.org,

A while back I took the plunge and bought some gear and software for digital audio. It took some time, but I sequenced it and a short sample recording from Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody #2 can be found [="http://jim.ritchie.home.att.net/hr2-fine.wma"]here[/]. (It's also in the section for critique.) I'm wondering what mastering can do for it ?

Regards,
Jim Ritchie
 

TrilliumSound

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Personally, not much. It is a solo piano sequenced from a sampler or sound device. Since it is solo and not acoustically recorded ie; no live room, no dynamics and interactions of the player, it could sound a little different, little briter and/or warmer but thats about it. Oh, can make it louder too. :wink:

Rich
 

JPRitchie

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Louder

Thanks, Rich,
The sound is from a YAMAHA keyboard. In the section following the first pause, you can hear it break into a different sample at near max. volume. I adjust the recording input sensitivity so that the red light just flutters here, and then export the recorded audio with enough gain to just keep the signal slider out of the red. I take it by making it louder, you mean in some absolute sense, so that the volume on the CD player would only be at, say, 2, instead of 3 ?

Regards,
Jim Ritchie
 

Zilla

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JPRitchie said:
I'm wondering what mastering can do for it ?
My suggestion to you is send a short sample of your recording to a mastering facility(s) of your choice and have them do a 'shoot out'. They could eq that sample, and then you could actually hear what mastering can do for your specific situation. Any discussion in this forum would be general at best. I believe it was Steve Martin who said, "talking about music is like dancing about architecture".
 

Michael Fossenkemper

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What is it you're looking to improve? With this type of recording, I don't think there is going to be much of an improvement.
 

JPRitchie

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Hello Michael,
Frankly, I don't know exactly. So long as the volume is OK from piece to piece, a CD made with my audio gear sounds like the keyboard. But, I'm looking at a classical music project next and a really nice grand sound would be good. Perhaps I just need a good software sample. Before going that way, I wanted to see how much of that sound could be "mastered" in from my existing keyboard.
-Jim
 

Michael Fossenkemper

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I would say not much can be improved. It basically is what it is. The only benifit you would get from mastering something like this is level matching. Maybe making it a touch warmer or adding a little character. but you're not going to have a major change. Finding a better sample would be where I would put my money.
 
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