Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video Archiving the project, part of Audio Mastering Techniques.
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Someone once said that the difference between an amateur and a pro is that a pro has a backup,…and nothing could be more true.…Even though you may have given the client a final signed-off master, it's always a good…idea to archive the project in case you have to do some fixes, or a piece of it's needed in the future.…While normal backups are done to hard drives, flash drives, or in the cloud, long-term archiving…requires a different strategy.…Essentially, there are two different backups that are required, the master, which is a…copy of all the master formats that were requested for the project, including CD, MP3, DDP, or high-res files.…
The master session contains the DAW session, as well as all the original source files.…Usually the archive will live locally on a hard drive or optical disk in your files,…Be sure to keep a copy off-site for true file security.…
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