OK, let’s get this out of the way right up front. I’m a Mixerman fan. I’ve written before about the extraordinarily amusing and interesting Daily Adventures Of Mixerman audiobook before, and I regularly recomend his book Zen and the Art of Mixing to people.
He’s a controversial figure who stirs up a lot of debate online, and that’s fine.
Because he has a habit of saying things like this:
“You do need to get your record to level, or no one will be able to turn it up loud enough to hear it in their car. So, at this point–and I can’t believe I’m about to write this–it would seem to make more sense to use an automated mastering service.”
“Unless you’re paying to have your record mixed, you shouldn’t pay to have it mastered either.”
This statement comes right at the end of the section on mastering in his new book, and is bound to be the biggest take-away people get from the topic.
But it’s completely wrong.