Home mastering is hard – but it IS possible.
There’s no question that it’s difficult to master with the same monitoring (and in the same space) that you use for mixing, and it can be very difficult to get that impartial “distance” from your music to know exactly what it needs.
But these days, there are no technological obstacles, at least. When I started out over 20 years ago, you needed literally hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment just to get your music onto a master tape so it could be pressed, let alone get it sounding great !
Whereas today, you can just upload from a $300 laptop, or maybe even your phone.
But that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Here are some common but lesser-known mistakes I see people making when they’re mastering their own music, or mastering in a home studio – plus suggestions on how to fix them. [Read more…]