[LAU] Linux mastering services?

drew Roberts zotz at 100jamz.com
Mon Mar 29 09:58:55 EDT 2010

On Sunday 28 March 2010 19:13:03 Ken Restivo wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 28, 2010 at 03:57:04PM -0700, Ronald Stewart wrote:
> > Hi, Ron here....
> >
> > Why not use Mike's great work with LinuxDSP?
> >
> > Also, I mastered one of my remixes both on Indamixx AND a 10,000.00 Neve
> > Pre and although the Neve 'excited' the track and made for a bit of
> > hearing deeper sounds in the track it was hardly a 10 grand experience.
> > (Not advocating Indamixx here just noting my experience).
> >
> > If I can provide another bit of input.  I am not trying to sell you on
> > the Waves plugin L316 but I know for a fact that many super engineers
> > (one's producing for Eminem, Dre, 50Cent) and mastering facilities run
> > this one plugin on the master to achieve the 'mastered' result.  It's
> > more of a tips and tricks thing or secret weapon for the guys who don't
> > want you to know what is really going on :)  I guess the secret is out!
> >
> > Lastly, I don't know if he is still in the biz but when we were cutting
> > records in the 90's for record labels, I was fortunate to work with Roger
> > Siebel or Seibel in Phoenix AZ and this guy was amazing!!!  When we would
> > remix a track for like Sony and he would master it and the remix vinyl
> > would sound so much better that many DJ's would not play the original
> > vinyl but opt for our remix version because of the quality of the
> > mastering, and sometimes these were old school hip hop tracks that were
> > pretty dirty/gritty to begin with.  Seibel Mastering was the facility and
> > Roger was always very fair.  He is a lover of the art first.
> What, exactly, changes were present and noticeable in the sound so good?
> What is it that the plugin does to the audio that makes it sound like "a
> hit". Just because Eminiem an Dr. Dre use it-- reportedly-- doesn't mean
> it's not going to work so well on stuff that isn't hip-hop, etc etc.  At
> least not in my hands, knowing nothing about mastering.
> So I'm basically looking for an engineer who will "open source" master: do
> the work using JAMIN or whatever, give me the files used (i.e. *.jam
> settings), and actually explain to me in some understandable format (and
> which my ears can hear) what improvements, if any, he or she made to the
> tracks, and why.
> -ken
> -------------------------
> > On Sun, Mar 28, 2010 at 3:30 PM, Ken Restivo <ken at restivo.org> 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, it the license on the tracks is to be a cc Free one, it might be worth 
your while posting the request to the forums at kompoz as well.
> > >
> > > -ken


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