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    How often do you receive clipped tracks for mastering?

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    I'm interested to find out how often any mastering engineers on this board find themselves receiving clipped files from their clients.
    1% ?
    10% ?
    100% ?

    And has any client ever insisted that you master from a clipped file even when you've queried it with them? If so, what reasons did they give?
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    18.7%. Somewhere around there.

    Yes.

    "That's the mix and we can't change it because the engineer was a doucebag." (or something along those lines) is the usual answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Massive Master View Post
    "That's the mix and we can't change it because the engineer was a doucebag." (or something along those lines) is the usual answer.
    When you get clipped mixes Massive, are you able to 'rescue' the mix and turn out something listenable ?

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    Closer to 1%

    Of those I don't send things back unless it is audibly distorted because of the clipping.

    The only time I send stuff back is if there is a discussion where the client ask for a critique or I know without a doubt that the mix will benefit with a change and I feel the client is open to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grimtraveller View Post
    When you get clipped mixes Massive, are you able to 'rescue' the mix and turn out something listenable ?
    Depends on the level of damage. I just do what I can if there's no remix option.

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    haha it blows my mind that anyone would deliver a mix to a mastering house with no dynamic range to work with.
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    Not that often really. Maybe 1 in 30 roughly.
    Of course I always ask them if they have an unclipped version and most of the time they don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitargodgt View Post
    haha it blows my mind that anyone would deliver a mix to a mastering house with no dynamic range to work with.
    A lot of the time, they don't even realize it. They're given the mixes from the studio (and Gawd knows that a lot of engineers don't want to be seen as "giving out quiet mixes" or they convince the band of some sort of "using all the bits" BS so they pre-crush them to some extent).

    Then there are others that don't understand that just because the red light doesn't come on doesn't mean it isn't clipped...

    And of course -- Some mixes come in with obvious clipping by measurement (meters, waveform, etc.), but sound perfectly fine. Other mixes that appear to have dynamic range can be terribly damaged dynamically.

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    I have recieved track files for me to mix clipped all the way through, whats more they arrive as mp3's and they have not got a wav file as they worked in mp3 in their home studio.

    However the best one was the album I mastered that sounded good, it was light instrumantal Jazz. A few weeks later I heard it on the radio and it sounded very strange, I thought the radio presenter was playing it to air too loud and clipping the limiter on the transmitter. However when I talked to the artist a bit later he said "The master you did for me was not loud enough, so I put it back into my computer and turned it up", by this he meant that he adjusted the volume up so that it was in the red, heavy clipped all the way through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitargodgt View Post
    haha it blows my mind that anyone would deliver a mix to a mastering house with no dynamic range to work with.

    Yeah me too, but it happens far too often.

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