I use Isotope 3 which is very user friendly. It comes with a loudness maximizer, eq, mastering reverb, multiband compresion, harmonic exciter, and multiband stereo widener. The Loudnes maximizer will definitley achive more volume out of your tracks. I highly recommend this program..
Re Ozone 3 I just took a look at the site and to me the whole thing looked really complicated. What I believe I need is Mastering For Idiots.
At this moment I can barely use properly a Tascam 8 track. I am not very computer savy and in fact opted for recording hardware instead of going the computerized software route because of my computer ignorance. Plus with a limited number of years left in my life I didn't want to spend half of whats left reading a manual.
So do you have a suggestion with regards to Mastering software which can offer commercial results to a computer klutz with little time and no patience?
Perhaps I would be better off paying 50 or 75 bucks an hour at somebodies Pro Tools studio?
scroll down the list until you see sound engine free 3.00 to download
as to your question - sure it makes sense to master, if the mastering improves the recording. anything you do to sound better is worth it. if your guitar or amp didnt sound good, youd do something about it if you could im sure, and the same should go for the music you create.
however im beginning to think that dwelling to much on things can be bad.
i too have little time, im working a lot. im pretty good with computers, and have no probs actually using them to record with, but i switched to recording on a daw some time ago, and have hundreds of gigabytes of crap to show for it. i can never finish anything, and am constantly frustrated in my efforts, as well as by the crazy amount of time im spending for little or no results.
i can however get awesome and proffesional sounding stuff on the fostex 4 track cassette machine i keep in my closet lol. if i record direct to it, then mix and master it through my mixing board and into my pc, i need do nothing else, and i get great levels in comparison to consumer cds, and its far easier and less time consuming for me.
so tread warily-
with the software running, and the program open on your desktop, you can simply drag and drop your music onto it- or you can press "file" in the upper left corner, then select "open". a browser window opens, and you just find the music file and double click it.
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