Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video Beginning with the basic listening technique, part of Audio Mastering Techniques.
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Regardless of what kind of monitors or room you have to work with there are some proven…techniques that will yield some reasonable results even under the worst conditions.…These are all dependent upon your ears, which are still the primary ingredient in mastering and not the gear.…Listen to some CDs that you love before you start mastering.…You want to listen to the highest quality program that you can get, so this is one time…when the CD beats an MP3.…Although a lossless medium like a FLAC file could work as well.…Listen to some of your favorite songs that you know really well, and understand how these…sound under variety of playback systems.…
You can even import the songs into your digital audio workstation while you're mastering for direct comparison.…Ideally, the reference songs will be in the same genre as the one you're mastering.…This one point will save you from over- or under-EQing.…If your mastering job doesn't sound similar to your reference song, then you're not finished yet.…It doesn't have to sound exactly like it, but it has to sound in the ballpark.…
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