[LAU] Linux mastering services?

Ken Restivo ken at restivo.org
Mon Mar 29 04:32:55 EDT 2010

On Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 10:42:46AM +0300, Tapani Sysimets? wrote:
> Ken Restivo wrote:
>> We're almost done with a 12-track, 40-minute-long CD, recorded partially in Ardour and mixed entirely in Ardour.
>> We should probably get it mastered. However, "pro" mastering houses want like $500 for a CD. We haven't made that much money in a year. I think we spent a total of $80 on recording it. So, not likely that we'll be justify big bucks to get it mastered.
>> I suppose I could run it through Jamin myself, and just hope for the best, but I don't know squat about mastering.
>> Are there any Linux-based mastering engineers around (i.e. on this list) who'd want to take on a project like this, for a rate that we might be able to actually justify?
>> -ken
> Quentin Harley's guide for mastering with Linux tools is also worth  
> checking out:
> http://www.64studio.com/howto-mastering


One of the things I love about the Linux world, was recently brought home to me by my bass player, who also works in some punk bands-- he noted that I do things in a very "DIY" way.

I guess it's hard to get more DIY than making your own software, or operating system, for that matter. DIY culture is so deep in the Linux world that I didn't even notice it, much as fish probably don't notice water. Until of course I stepped out for a moment.

So it's nice that I posted a request looking to hire someone to master tracks, and instead I got a bunch of very helpful links and advice on how instead, to just study up and learn how to DIY it myself.

So, why not, I guess I'll do that. For much less than the price of a single mastering session, I could probably buy some decent monitors, and learn how to use JAMIN (and whatever else) properly.

Thanks again all.


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