Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video Evaluating your listening environment, part of Audio Mastering Techniques.
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Probably the one area that gets overlooked in most home studios is the listening…environment, but it's important because the better your room sounds the more accurate…the audio from your monitors will be.…While it's easy to spend a lot of money trying to improve your listening area here are…a few no-cost tips that can really make a difference.…Avoid placing speakers up against the wall.…The further away you get from the wall the smoother the monitor speaker response will…be especially in the low end. Avoid the corners of the room.…A corner reinforces the low-end even more than when placed against a wall.…
The worst case is if only one speaker is in the corner, which will cause the low end response…of your system to be lopsided.…Avoid being closer to one wall of the room than the other.…If one speaker is closer to a side wall then the other, you'll get a totally different…frequency response between the two, because the reflections from the near wall are different from the other side.…It's best to set up directly in the center of the room if possible, avoid different types of wall absorption.…
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