I am putting the finishing touches (creating a CD Master) on my first Giga project and am looking at downloading the Waves Mastering Bundle for a 14-day trial. All that I read about, makes me think I will likely pick it up. But just to be sure my \'14 trial period\' is not just spent figuring out the basics, I was hoping to get a couple of tips / secrets on working with it.
The subject material is Orchestral w/Piano.
Just to be clear, I did download the three manuals and obtained a wealth of information from them. It did, however, generate a few questions:
1. What has everyone used for dithering (Ultra, Type 1??). I will be sending this CD Master to a dupl house (asking them for no additional mastering or processing.) Is Ultra going to create problems or should I use Normal?
2. For best results, do you set your peak levels at -1dB or -.3dB (is there much difference).
3. For Orchestral music do you use \'Opto\' or \'electro\' settings on the Multiband?
4. I know alot of this is \'season to taste\' but where do you begin on \'low-level upward compression\'. Do you still peak limit some of the higher transients?
5. Would you really ever want to use the included EQ for this type of music? I have read where a gentle \'smiley face\' may be appropiate (+2 to 5 dB 150hz and below and the same at 10K and above.) Any tried and true experience there?
6. I can easily see how \'having these powerful tools in the \'wrong hands\' can reek havoc, but one must start somewhere. Any suggestions on your workflow using them?
Thanks in advance for any help you can be.