Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video Deciding between monitors and headphones, part of Audio Mastering Techniques.
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Mastering is best done with monitors, but sometimes it's just not possible to listen…to your monitors when you're working on music at home.…When it's late at night and your kids, significant other or neighbor is in the next room separated…by only paper thin walls, you have no choice but to try to work on headphones.…Working on headphones does have three significant downsides, though, your ears get tired, you…can't wear them for as long as you need to which might be as long as 8 to 12 hours, because…your head and ears get tired from the extra weight, it's easy to get ear fatigue.…
You have a tendency to turn the phones up, which can lead to some quick ear fatigue again…limiting your ability to work for long periods.…You get a false sense of what the mix is like, because most professional headphones really…sound great compared to ear buds, you get a false sense of what the mix is like, especially on the low end.…This causes you not work as hard getting the frequency balance of your mix right, it might not translate to speakers.…
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