Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video Adjusting the stereo image, part of Audio Mastering Techniques.
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Setting the Stereo Imaging of a mix is an important function of mastering, giving the…mastering engineer complete control over how wide or narrow the sound field will be.…Let's take a look at how this works, in this case we're going to use a Waves S1 Stereo…Imager, and it does a number of different things to the sound field.…Let's first of all look at the Width Control right over here, have a listen.…(music playing)…And what you heard there is the Stereo Image getting wider and then narrow to almost Mono and then Wide again.…
And if you listen to the Hi-Hat you can hear it going way out to the side, and sometimes…that's what we want to do in a mix, we just want to make it a little bit wider than the…way it's been mixed, and this is a way to do it.…Now there some of the controls here, Rotation for instance, and this is a glorified Pan Control.…(music playing)…Asymmetry is basically the same thing, it's another form of Pan Control.…
(music playing)…It's very subtle, it's mostly the Reverb here that's moving.…
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.
- What is mastering?
- Preparing your tracks for mastering
- Deciding between monitors and headphones
- Exploring the dynamic range of different music genres
- Adjusting song balances
- Compressing the tracks
- Balancing frequency
- Reducing sibilance with a de-esser
- Inserting fades
- Eliminating noise
- Mastering CDs, MP3s, and AACs for iTunes
- Archiving masters