I was really nervous when I made this video !
I thought it was too subtle, I thought people wouldn’t bear able to hear what I was doing over YouTube, that the “less is more” message wasn’t what they wanted to hear.
I was worried that because I’d used Perception to balance the levels without playing the louder & softer comparison first, people would be confused or miss the point.
I was wrong.
Instead, I got comments, emails and tweets saying things like:
“The mastered version was warm, clear, and present. And it gave me goosebumps”
“Your EQ moves on this song revealed it’s heart and emotion like the unmastered version didn’t. I teared up when I was listening to it”
And that’s exactly why I do this job !!!
All I used was EQ, compression and limiting, and the biggest change I made was a 2 dB cut.
Overall, it’s probably one of my favourite videos ever – and I didn’t even post it on my own website – until now. This was originally a guest post on the excellent Recording Revolution site, and Graham has kindly given permission for me to re-post it here.