Correct flow/Mix to get to Mastering
How to get to the MASTER mix?
DAW: Sonar Platinum
I have my tracks recorded & EQ'd. I have routed them to their instrument group's Aux Bus (strings to string bus, brass to brass bus, piano to piano bus, etc.).
Pro-Channel (for each track) = Compressor, EQ, & Console Emulator (in that order).
I also have setup sends of my tracks to their own Aux Bus (send effects include reverb & widener) which routes to their appropriate Aux Bux (Strings, Brass, Piano, etc.). Then each instrument group's main Aux Bus routes to the MASTER bus. I'm trying to get to the Mastering of my song but don't know the proper mixing steps to get there (or what effects to add to the master bus or Sends bus) or where to put them in the Master chain (which one goes fist – compressor, EQ, LPMB, widener, etc.). Any ideas, or suggested reading, would be greatly appreciated. Just don't know the correct flow to mixing after the tracks are recorded. I know this is a very complex subject, but if there are any "Rules of Thumb" or what you've found that works best, please advise. :-)