Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring the dynamic ranges of different music genres, part of Audio Mastering Techniques.
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While it's easy to think that all music must be mastered the same way, different genres…of music have different dynamic ranges that require a different mastering approach.…Dynamic Range is a term for the degree of dynamic variation in level within a piece of music.…That is it's a difference between the loudest and softest parts of the song, and it's of main concern when mastering.…In mastering, we often use Compressors and Limiters to decrease the Dynamic Range so…that softer parts of the song are closer in volume to the louder parts.…We'll discuss how to use Compressors and Limiters to do this in other movies in this course.…
Very low values like a DR-3, which stands for Dynamic Range 3, means that there is only…a 3 dB difference from the lowest to the highest peak in the song.…This rating indicates that there's a lot of compression being used so there's not a lot…of variation in level at all.…Something that's more natural sounding might have a value of DR-12 or more, meaning that…there's at least 12 dB difference from the lowest to the highest peak in the song.…
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