Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a great-sounding MP3, part of Audio Mastering Techniques.
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Encoding an MP3 of your song may seem easy, but it requires a bit of thought to make it…sound great as well as some knowledge and occasionally some experimentation.…Here are some tips to get you started in the right direction so you won't have to try every possible parameter combination.…Remember, though, that the settings that might work on one particular song or type of music…might not work on another.…If you want the best sounding MP3s possible, follow these tips.…Start with the highest quality audio file possible.…Lossy Data Compression like MP3 makes the quality of the master mix more of an issue.…
That's because high quality audio will be damaged much less when using this type of…MP3 encoding than low-quality source audio will.…Therefore, it's vitally important that you start with the best quality audio possible,…which means the highest sample rate and the most bits.…That means it sometime is better to start with a 24-bit master or make the MP3 while…you're exporting your mix, rather that using something like the 16-bit CD master as the…
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