Hello everybody, I'm new here but instead of a cheesy introduction thread or spamming my music I wanted to dive straight into a technical discussion.
I released lots of electronic (dance) music in the past and there the mantra for masters is louder than loud and than a little bit louder. Of course this got extremely ridiculous and resulted in the overcompressed , limited to death tracks you hear more often than not. Pop and rock music has the same disease.
Nowadays I'm getting more and more into orchestral music and start to get the grips of how to mix everything properly but I wonder what kind of final mastering tricks are acceptable ( or not 'acceptable' but used anyways ) When I listen to recent movie soundtracks it seems that they aren't really holding back that much... I rather still have some dynamics left though, what is your opinion ? And what are the tools you use to make the final mix sound the way you want to ?