Mastering with Reaper
I have been tinkering in this too, polishing the turd, getting the volume up as many HR's do.
Using Reaper even more so, as the vst's come with the Reaper for free.
One thing, imo, that really seems to magnify the home recording weaknesses is sitting your HR tune beside a professionally done one.
Id just noticed how awfully muddy and lower volume my levels were, so I ran one through Reaper to match the volumes of the online/pro demos.
The first thing I noticed was on my interface, the volume on the pro tunes were 6 and above, sometimes hitting peak of 0+, while my hr tunes were way lower at 18-12.
So for kicks, I ran one through Reaper, bumped up the volume, ignoring the peak lights , used ears for the distortion, and took out some harsh highs with Reaper eq, and a little comp in Reaper, and mainly focused on the volumes on the interface VU meter to match the pro demo's.
SoundClick artist: CoolCatbro Grooves - anything goes
heres after some Reaper "mastering/polish" and volume.
SoundClick artist: The Office Chairs - page with MP3 music downloads
if it's not happening in the room, it ain't gonna happen on tape.-HG