Recording gtr/bass/vox myself. what to do before sending it for mastering?

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  1. Gmork

    Gmork SS.org Regular

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    My death metal band Terminal Sequence are preparing to do an EP. I want to record the guitar/bass/vocals myself then either rent a multi imput interface or take that to a studio to record drums. Then send it off to get mastered.
    - What im wondering is what kind of state it should be in when sending it for mastering.
    - Should i be EQing each track to make it sound the best i can?
    - should i be the one to add reverb to the tracks?
    - or do i send the raw recorded tracks?
    - do i render it so its just one lossless wav or send every single track separately?
    If you cant tell im new to this. Ive gotten decent results with the bit of recording ive done so far. So i figured recording it ourselves would be a viable way to go for our 1st 4 song EP. Thanks for any info. Very much appreciated.
     
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    jerm SS.org Regular

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    mastering involved something that is already fully mixed.

    if you want to just send out the raw tracks, it would then need to first be mixed, then be mastered.

    PMed you!
     
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    jerm is correct.

    You'd need to mix the tracks, so EQ, compression, automating levels, and mixing down to full-resolution stereo files. The mastering engineer takes those mixed songs and works a bit of magic that'll usually make them louder, clearer, and have appropriately consistent overall volume from track to track.
     
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    Ahh ok. So id mix and add fx/compression etc etc.
    Really id do everything i can to make my final product. Then render the left and right channels separately as their own WAV files and THEN send those off for mastering? Ok i see. Thanks for explaining that.
     
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    Simply send a stereo WAV file... that's it!
     

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