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    submitting unmastered final mix to music libraries?

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    I just read an article over on the SOS website indicating this is standard practice; unmastered w/no bus EQ or compression...
    Any feedback/info about this appreciated,thx....

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    Hi,
    I don't know much about it, and there are a few mastering gurus around here,
    but if you take mastering for what it is, preparation for final medium, then it makes sense to archive unmastered copies as you don't know what the final medium might be.

    If you have a master that was made for commercial CD release, it will have been made to different specs than someone would want for TV or film, for example.
    Perhaps that's the reason?
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    As always thx for replying...agree w/your logic....hopefully this will be an active thread like others I've started here and a lot of good info from people who've had experience w/this will be the result....

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    I would add "nothing done for the sake of apparent volume."

    I do a decent amount of stuff for this purpose. There may be a decent amount of processing going on - But the dynamic range is always what best serves the mix -- Not what seems "commercially competitive" (for lack of a better term). And it's on the highest end of that dynamic range. Easy to "squash" it later - but once it's squashed, it's squashed. A lot of TV and film want ridiculous amounts of dynamic range and ridiculously low RMS/LUFS levels.

    "Ridiculous" is a loaded term I guess - They're just "generous" - which is fine.

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    One of my bands did the library thing a few years back.
    What they asked for from us were the CD versions of the songs and lyrics-free versions. So essentially, they did want the squashed masters, but they also wanted unmastered instrumental versions.

    They only placed one song ultimately, so who's to say if they even asked us for the right thing tho?

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    Thx to both John + Steve above for replying..
    John -sent you an email...get back to me when you get a chance..
    Steve-re-unmastered instrumental versions...as far as the final mix,assuming you used some EQ/compression during the tracking proc,was the mix you submitted just the tracks set re-levels/panning but w/out any added EQ/compression or ....??
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    I can't say for sure. We hired an outside mixer (and used John for mastering; honestly, he probably knows better than me what went into the instrumental versions)

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