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Old 10-08-2014, 02:03 PM   #261
rdesanti
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Originally Posted by SaulT View Post
I'm having a really hard time believing that it could be the audio mixdown or audio codec and not this complicated "mastering" chain involving layers of saturation, compression, excitation, and brickwall limiting.

Hear hoofbeats and think horses, not zebras.

Don't try to fix the mix during "mastering", because that's not what mastering is. If your "pre-mastered" mix doesn't sound at least decent on multiple devices (not just your monitors, but headphones, car stereo, cell phone, etc) then it isn't a good mix to begin with.
I personally run iZotope and that's it on my master. I also don't run any presets and as little Tope as possible. I will use a touch of reaverb IR type once in a while. But that's IT! If your master needs more you need to back up and remix the track.
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