I just posted this to the Kickstarter site as an update, but that doesn’t echo around. TL;DR: we’re at 65% of funding, we have technically 15 but really 14 days left, mastering is awesome, tell your friends, your enemies, that guy with the sign on the corner saying the police are communist – whoever will listen! Two words from you carry a dozen times the weight of two hundred from me.
Here’s the update:
The first mastering session went really well. Mastering is when you take the final mixes of a bunch of songs and process them for CD and digital download – you’re evening out levels across all the tracks, adjusting equalisation so that everything behaves better across different sorts of speakers and in different environments, setting spacing between tracks, and things like that. It’s a collection of subtleties, really, but as with all such things, they add up.
It’s also something you don’t do yourself. You can do a lot to be as mastering-session-ready as possible, and we did those things, but it has its own set of skills. Plus, you just need the fresh ears on the project. As I’ve heard credited to Jeff Bohnhoff, “Mastering your own album is like defending yourself at your own murder trial,” and just for the record, we’ve learned from our mistakes. XD
So we’re working with Mark Guenther at Seattle Disc Mastering. He runs a vacuum-tube-driven mastering studio – I’m pretty sure his D/A converter alone cost more than all our equipment combined, and I’m not even joking a little – but that’s kind of exactly what we need for our DIY low-end digital monster sound. We need something like that to take that brittleness off, and we are very much liking what we hear.
15 days to go – well, 14, really – and we’re at 65% of funding. If you’re considering what to do – trust me, we’ve put a our own money into this thing, in spades. Time in a mastering studio is not cheap. (And for good reason – that was over $150,000 worth of equipment I sat down in front of a couple of days ago at Mark’s studio.) That’s purely out of pocket.
If you’ve decided to back us but haven’t yet, any time is good! ^_^ Click on Project Home and click the big green shiny BACK THIS PROJECT button today!
And if you’re already a backer – thank you, thank you, thank you so much. And I hate to ask anything else of you, but I am: would you tell your friends? The words of backers are a hundred times more persuasive than anything we can say. If we don’t make at least 100%, we don’t get funded at all, and we’d really, really like to get there. Point them to the project site:
The rest of you, I hope you’ll check out our band website:
…and sign up with us. This planet isn’t gonna conquer itself, after all! XD And thanks.