Well I’ve been playing around with my mastering process recently.
The current trend in greater perceived loudness isn’t a great thing, but we all seem to fall close to commercial loudness to keep things consistent with other songs.
I’m not a huge fan of the loudness wars but when mastering for client’s sometimes you have to push a mix fairly hot to keep them satisfied.
Now recently I discovered by using advanced compression and limiting techniques how to push a mix to an almost respectable -7.4 raw RMS with a reasonable dynamic range of 6.1 (any lower and it would fatigue a listener) without audible clipping/distortion. Is this a good thing? Probably not really.
Will it sound as loud as a modern pop song? Sure it will, but it will lack some dynamics. I happen to like dynamics and would rather master at a lower average peak RMS and with a dynamic range over 6.1.
It only proves one think to me, that I can master as loud as any commercial master not really any bragging rights in that to be honest.
It’s always good to experiment though. I’ll try and keep every master as dynamic as I can for the sake of the song.
I’ll probably put up a video tutorial on how to master a track soon.
Note that my balance is spot on for the stereo mix left and right. Also my correlation is +1 (in phase) and not -1 (out of phase) all good then!
EDIT: I have linked the mastered track in question here: