Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video Balancing frequencies, part of Audio Mastering Techniques.
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EQing is usually the place that gets engineers who master their own mixes into trouble.…There's a tendency to overcompensate with the EQ, adding huge amounts, usually on the…bottom end that breaks frequency balance completely.…Luckily, there are some rules can be followed to avoid this.…The first rule is listen to CDs that you like first before you touch an EQ parameter.…Remember, no MP3s, the more CDs you listen to, the better.…You need a reference point to compare to, or you will surely overcompensate.…
Try importing several mastered songs into your mastering session that you can constantly compare to.…The second rule is a little EQ goes a long way.…If you feel that you need to add more than 2 or 3 db, you're better off to mix the song again.…Or in recording you might use large amounts of EQ at a certain frequency.…Mastering is almost always in very small increments usually in tenths of a db, to 2 or 3 at the very most in rare cases.…What you'll see is a lot of small shots of EQ along audio frequency band but in very small amounts.…
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