Starting another thread here. Trust me, I get back to them.
Mastering/mixing is an issue I have. I like to think that this track is the best I have done by myself.
The thing is, I did about 40 passes. That’s way too much. Even just having all of your tracks on Soundcloud at the same level so that if someone starts listening to one of them and walks away (or has headphones on), they don’t get blasted out when another track follows is a very basic, but real concern.
The intent of this thread is to get a conversation going. There are sites that have mastering algorithms, there are sites that give you access to real studio analog gear to pass your work through, and there are some really well put together software plugins that work well and are somewhat free. (I used the Tokyo Dawn Labs plugins for the track above and I am so impressed with what you can do with the free editions. There are also some really well put together videos that describe every detail of the software in such beautiful detail that it motivates you to get into it).
Audulus is actually a very unique situation because you end up spending hours upon hours tinkering in such fine detail with the oscillators that it is hard to know how the best way to handle this is. There are EQ considerations (practically cutting out disruptive low end and jarring highs [I have these issues all over my stuff]), but then there are also concerns about how it sounds on your iPad with your headphones vs. your girlfriend’s friend’s car stereo.
So this is the beginning. But I think I have at least shared some of the territory and, while I will add more detail, I would really appreciate any scope of discussion from others on this topic.