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- What is Studio One?
- Creating a new song
- Setting up your artist profile
- Adding instruments, loops, and effects
- Recording your tracks
- Editing MIDI
- Tuning audio with Melodyne
- Mixing and mastering
- Distributing your music
Skill Level Beginner
Now that we have a couple of files imported into the project page, it's time to spend a few minutes actually going through the mastering process and sonically treating these mixes. I will began with the first song, Song In A Minor, by bringing up an EQ. And I'll choose Pro EQ from my list of plugins and now take a listen. (MUSIC). Keep in mind that I am working in headphones but to my ears I will shelf a little bit of EQ above 10K, which means I'm adding high end from 10K on up.
(MUSIC). And I'll do a drastic move with the EQ here, so you can hear what it's doing. (MUSIC). Next, I'll add a compressor. (SOUND). (MUSIC) . Go ahead and set up a loop here. (MUSIC). That compressor's hitting it a little bit hard. I'll change to a quicker attack, and a quicker release, so that the compressor releases faster.
(MUSIC). (MUSIC). If I increase the attack again, it won't sound like it's pumping so much. (MUSIC). This is a very mild compression. I'm only compressing at 2 to 1 ratio with a very low threshold. And I'm only grabbing a couple of dB of compression right at the peak of the mix.
I'll close this and move over to urban 1. And I'll start by adding the same 2 plugins. Choosing an EQ and let's listen to that first. (SOUND) (MUSIC). As you can hear, there's quite a bit more high end in the high hats in the urban track, as opposed to the Song in A minor. (MUSIC). I'll bring a little of that down. (MUSIC).
Just A B very quickly. We'll loop this. (MUSIC). This is how you can activate and deactivate a plugin. (MUSIC). And I'll add a compressor. (MUSIC).
That default setting actually sounds pretty good to my ears. Next I'll add a limiter on the master fader. So, the limiter, will effect both songs. Just take off loop play and go back to the first song. (MUSIC). Back this up. (MUSIC).
And as you can hear, as I lower the threshold, the mix actually starts to get a little bit louder. It's, it's being limited. (MUSIC). And it takes on a bit of a punchy sound. Let's see how Urban 1 sounds. (MUSIC). (MUSIC). Going back to Urban 1. (MUSIC).
I hear a little bit of a low end discrepancy. Now, obviously we're dealing with two different musical genres here, so I'm not expecting Song in A Minor to necessarily to have the same kick drum sound. But I'll go back to Song in A Minor and bump up the low end a little bit more. (MUSIC). And I'll change the compression ratio a little bit.
(MUSIC). Excellent. Going back and forth, momentarily. (MUSIC). It's not uncommon during the mastering process to notice elements about your mix that you may want to go back and revise. Remember, we've added EQ compression and a limiter to both of these songs, and I'm noticing that certain elements are jumping out at me that maybe I didn't catch before I prepared this file for mastering. In the next movie, I'll show you how to quickly revise your mix from the song page, and update it in the project page.