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Mastering audio is the final stage in music production, where the final set of mixed songs are turned into a cohesive album through a variety of processes that make the music sound the best it can, wherever it's played. Join author and producer Bobby Owsinski in this course, as he teaches essential mastering concepts and techniques used by experienced audio engineers. Follow along as he works at Oasis Mastering, a real-world mastering facility, and learn how to apply these techniques to your home or studio setup and make your projects sound better than ever.
First, discover how to configure your monitoring setup, optimize your listening environment, and prepare and print alternative mixes that will allow you to make quick fixes during mastering. Bobby then reviews a selection of dedicated mastering tools that give you precise control over select signal parameters, from compressors to de-essers. He'll discuss the differences between mastering for CD, online distribution, and specifically for iTunes, and how to achieve the best results for each medium. The course wraps with lessons on mastering for high-resolution formats like Blu-ray, as well as delivering and archiving the master recording once the project is complete.
Sometimes the default fade that's added to the beginning or end of the track just doesn't sound natural. Either the fade is too tight and cuts off the attack or release of the part, or the fade itself just isn't smooth sounding enough. Now is the time to fix any fades that don't work in the track by adjusting the fade timings. The first thing we'll do in this case is have a listen. (music playing) Fade is very long, so let's see if we can shorten it by using just a Standard Pro Tools' Strict Fade.
(music playing) And we can shorten it up a bit more, to there. (music playing) When it comes to song fade outs, many times the default fade just won't sound smooth enough. Be prepared to help that fade out by trying some of the other types available. What we'll do is we'll click on the fade, and we'll try this curve first. Have a listen.
(music playing) Let's try another one that's more exaggerated still. (music playing) Ultimately you are looking for fade that sounds best for the song or group of songs, so it's best to experiment until you've heard a few different options before making your final decision.
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