<<Your story has inspired me. I've had a project on the back burner -- the almost-completed album by the band of a friend who passed away last year -- hindered by the lack of complete multitrack sessions, and various deficiencies in the best mixes of all the tunes (all in MP3 format, of course...).
Maybe it's time to get back at it and see how we can make those mixes live.>>
When I mastered "I Have My Standards," on one song's mix the stand-up bass was beyond too loud. It totally dominated the track, and given that it was being mastered for vinyl, that made matters even worse. So I split the audio off into two bands, and isolated the bass to the lower frequencies. Then I could limit it and alter the level independently of the other tracks, as well as put a dual pan module in there to pan the bass totally to center. Also, the EQ on the track as a whole was fairly involved, but that made all the difference in the world. For more information about restoring stuff that's beyond hope, check out the post Mastering Martha Davis - for Vinyl
. It's really rewarding to compare the before and after, even if you had to put a lot of work into it.