mr_debauch wrote:I just wondered if people were talking about mastering instrumentals that vocals will be added to later and why.
In general practice it’s a bad idea IMO. I’m not a mastering expert, but I know enough. But I can’t stand when people send me their stems (music or vocals) and say “I mastered them already”, as if it’s helping the process. In reality it makes things a mess more often than not, for various reasons.
The MPC is no place to be mastering anything. Leave it be... you’re not going to master anything in your bedroom or living room. Send it to a professional if you want a professional result. Just because you own a hammer, doesn’t mean you can build a house. IMO mastering has little do with the tools, and mostly to do with the ear and experience.
Yeah it doesn't make much sense to make a mastering on Mpc.
Apart from analog or digital discussion, it's just that it's not a device made for mastering, it's made for creating and those two sides need a different approach.
With mastering you work with frequencies, you need a spectrum analyzer and maybe also a multiband compressor can be very helpful. And some crucial mastering eq.
All of this is missing on Mpc, because it's not made for that.
The Air limiter is maybe provided to control some critical sound on mixing, it's just a single band ordinary maximizer.
Personally I use maximizer only when really needed and I don't think I will ever use this Air one.
The rest of Air fx are great anyway, the more I use them, the more I like them.