I've been working on mastering my friend Steve's album for the last four hours or so. I thought I'd share a few things that I've been reminding myself over and over today as I work.
1. Listen at low volumes 90% of the time.
2. Walk away and do something else every hour or so. (Keeps your ears from fatigue)
3. Don't focus too much on making the tracks "match". These songs are a family, but not identical twins. Remember: albums where every song sounds like it was recorded on the same day are EXTREMELY BORING!
4. Referencing other peoples albums is useful- for pretty much nothing. (you recorded different songs with different mics on different instruments with a different guy singing in a different room in a different studio, with a different mixer, and you think they might sound similar?)
That's all for now. I was just following point 2. Thanks for reading.