Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video Generating a FLAC file, part of Audio Mastering Techniques.
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A format that's recently gotten a lot of attention is lossless FLAC format, which stands for free lossless audio codec.…It works somewhat the same as the standard MP3 file, only it's lossless like a Zip file…and is designed specifically for audio.…Unlike other lossless codecs by DTS and Dolby, FLAC is non-proprietary.…It is unencumbered by patents and has open-source implementation.…What's more, FLAC has been adopted as a release format of choice by some of the world's biggest recording…artists from Pearl Jam to Nine Inch Nails to the Eagles and even reissues from the Beatles.…
FLAC supports a Bit Depth from 4 to 32 and up to 8 channels, and even though it can support…any sampling rate from 1 Hz to 655,350, you don't need to specify Bit Rate, because it…automatically determines it from the source file.…Plus it has Cue sheet metadata block for storing CD table of contents, track, and index points.…It's an excellent way to deliver the highest fidelity music file with a reasonably small…file size, but it's not yet supported by all applications or players.…
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