Author Topic: Learning to Master  (Read 7118 times)

Re: Learning to Master
« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2013, 12:31:19 PM »
A lot of the times the right "Mix" doesn't even require a whole lot of mastering to be done

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Re: Learning to Master
« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2015, 02:47:34 PM »
You can do a lot without a lot of experience. The first thing you need to ask is what you're looking for in the mix. If you're looking to make it sound more "radio ready" you need to go back and keep mixing before you master. Mastering won't fix a bad mix. If you need to take tracks from seperate sessions and make them sound cohesive, use mastering to use compression and EQ on each track individually to make the tonality and volume of the other tracks. The last step should be to maximize track volume. Mix your tracks so that you have -5dB of headroom at the loudest parts of the song, then use a limiter on the whole track to make up that -5dB. You have to play around with it and listen to it to make sure it's not distorting (chances are your gear or meters in your DAW aren't accurate enough to tell you if you're actually distorting with such a small degree of headroom).

Re: Learning to Master
« Reply #17 on: April 13, 2015, 09:47:19 AM »
I've research the matter.A 2nd set of ears is highly recommened. It has been suggested,that the initial mix should be about -3 to -6db before adding compressing,eq-ing,exciter and on and on. You have to leave enough headroom to tweak without clipping.