Join Evan Sutton for an in-depth discussion in this video To self master or not to self master, part of A Prolific Music Producer's Workflow for Finishing Tracks.
- Now that we've got our mix in order…it's time to consider mastering.…What is mastering?…Well, mastering has come to mean a lot of…different things in the history of recorded music.…Back in the day the mastering engineer was…actually the guy that would cut the lacquer…so that you could make a vinyl record out of it,…these were real artisans.…Nowadays mastering engineers are basically the guys who,…in theory, the way that I look at it, should help you…make your mix five percent better and get it…at a nice competitive loudness.…That's really how I see it.…So the question is this: Are you going to self master…or are you not going to self master?…Well, what I suggest is you consider first and foremost…your budget because you want to be a…productive, prolific producer.…
That's really what's important here.…And if you're going broke every time you…release a record it's not going to work out,…or at least it wouldn't in my life.…So, the thing that you have to…consider is your budget, first of all.…Second of all, what are you looking for…
Evan starts with the music production tools that can make it easier to see a song through to completion, such as templates, presets, and foolproof hardware setups. Next, he gets into the heavy lifting, mixing both songwriting and production techniques with tips for dealing with the psychological factors that may trip you up when completing a song. He wraps up the course with techniques that help to clear the final steps of song completion, including building transitions, adding ear candy, mixing strategies for increased efficiency, and simple mastering techniques, whether you choose to master your tracks yourself or hire a professional.
- Planning your track with a problem-solving mindset
- Prepping to record vocals and music
- Using DAW song templates
- Getting basic musical ideas down
- Making decisions that serve the song
- Using channel strip presets
- Creating sections and structure
- Building better transitions
- Adding FX, ear candy, and automation
- Mixing and mastering