Mastering is finished!
This week, I've been working with Howard on mastering TO TOUCH THE MILKY WAY. An hour ago we made the final mastering adjustment: I added just a bit of "air" at the top of "the Stars" to brings out the highs in the drum, the reverb and the vocals. It adds a bit of sparkle. Lovely!
It is incredible to compare my mixed file from a few weeks ago (which I used to think sounded pretty good) to the final mastered file which sounds amazing, rich, and like a finished song. Mastering is worth the money. Always. Let me tell you what!
Each step along the way needs to be proofed and scrutinized to be sure it's on the money for what I have in mind, and that no pops or artifacts have entered the process (because technology can be that way!)
The next step is Howard creates the two 24/96 files that I send to Precision as side A and side B of the LP. Then I am going to take a break to let my ears chill out (and my brain get back to normal) before Howard sends me the DDP master for the CD and the .wav files for digital.
I think we're a bit behind schedule for an August release, unless the LP pressing plant is really speedy. I am letting you know that September seems more realistic for getting everything in the mail. I'll keep you updated on that.
But wow, this sounds great! You're going to love it.