I just wrapped up the mastering, cover art and iTunes prep for this quick project by Charity Vance. Great song, originally by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera, covered with pure grace by our favorite voice from Nashville.
Vocal and piano songs seem simple, but they are often a challenge to master when a real piano, or very good sampled piano, has a beefy low-midrange. This adds to the mids in the vocal and before you know it, boom, you’re crackling from a digital over. And when your mix is this simple, boy that really smacks you in the face.
Some strategic EQ and very careful limiting were in order. I don’t try to join the loudness wars in this genre, but a good level of around -13 dB RMS is still easy to attain, and stands up against other pro mixes. Original mix delivered at 44/16, post-processing printed at 44/24, since iTunes will support it.
The cover art was limited by Charity’s computer taking a swim under some coffee, and her photographer Rae Marshal busy shooting and editing the video itself. So the image was a still from the video, massaged to iTunes standards as best as possible, with the latest Charity Vance logo and color scheme. More of this scheme coming up very soon!