Mastering and Glue
This my first syngate album was mastered by myself, since like most indie artists who are not marketed by a big label, cannot afford a mastering studio with 'real' engineers time. Also it would be a little pointless unless you are a very well known big name since you never recoup the costs of making an album. Therefore a key unit I found very useful on the master bus in the DAW was Tone Boosters ReelBus.
This device acts exactly like a stereo reel to reel tape recorder binding or glueing all the separate tracks and instruments together. It has 2 glue tape options which do exactly as the name suggests. Much more convenient than a physical reel to reel tape recorder which not only require a D-A from the DAW to tape but then the A-D to record it back for digital distribution. Having to perform two digital and analogue conversion steps would also lower the quality in most cases. This device gives the mixed sound a final professional tape like feel with ease of use. Maybe not as pretty and tactile as the genuine thing.
Compression is a requirement but a lot of music is very heavily compressed or made loud and 'hot', sometimes even the more esoteric forms like Berlin Style electronic. This gives a wow factor when you stream it on bandcamp or apple music for example or it gets radio play but they already have loudness maximizers. Louder always sounds better when sampling music over streams so you can be more drawn to the higher compressed sound compared to one with no compression which can initially sound flat. The problem comes if you actually buy the album as a download in a high quality format (lossless) and play it on a good Hi-Fi or headphones. Now it becomes fatiguing over longer periods since all the dynamics have been squashed too much so it has less space to breathe. It is a fine line to get a track sounding good on a Hi-Fi but still sounding fine on a poor quality128Kbps MP3 stream. This is were the skill and experience of a mastering engineer comes in. So having to do this myself I prefer to use caution with a lower compression in most cases and if it is too quiet on a stream then the simple fix is turn the volume up on your amplifier. Spotify now normalise to -14 LUFS.
This album was released on Syngate records in Korbach Germany. It is Berlin school electronica with a morphing atmospheric ambient structure in the style of 70's and 80's Tangerine Dream were morphing intro's give way to sequencer driven patterns. The theme of the album is the electron and if you have an electronics background the track titles should make sense.
01. Electron Utopia
02. Lorentz Force
03. Desert Synchrotron
04. Electron Transfer
05. Electron Transfer - Station Remix