I am studying at the moment (trying to study bit by bit) how to improve the quality of my final mixes and masters. It was catastrophic years ago but it is getting better...
This is quite amazing the difference you can get when you listen to one specific MP3 or Wave file on your PC speakers by a specific artist or composer, and when you listen to the track of another one!
There can be huge differences in quality.
I am aiming at reaching proper final quality, something you send to someone (a potential customer for example or a friend you are working with for the first time) and that the guy, naturally opens it on its PC or on Internet and listen to and the quality is good, like on a movie.
THen the guy says "I like it or i do not like it" but the sound quality, the final rendering is there...No doubt.
I mean, and I emphasize on this, good quality on any media. I mean, if you listen to a track from a famous artist or band, it is obvious that the speakers play a lot in the final listening BUT on any media, everything is clear and powerfull enough though.
Data seem diverse and apparently specifically by genre. SO I will tryto be straightforward with these questions:
1) What are the steps to produce a very good saleable final mix/master for a movie track?
2) Any web/VST tools available to do it? free or not.
3) Any unavoidable gear?
4) Any tips for recordings (doubling tracks, centering center tracks, volume EGs, compression etc...)
Maybe you can think of other things I did not think of?
Thanks for your help in advance