Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video Mastering professionally versus doing it yourself, part of Audio Mastering Techniques.
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It's interesting to note that just about all of the major record labels and most of the…larger Indie labels still choose to master all of their projects with a major mastering…house, even though extensive mastering resources are widely available to just about any engineer.…Since you are watching this course to learn many of the tricks of pro-mastering engineers,…let's look at some of the differences between the product that you might get from a mastering…pro and what you might get from mastering at home.…If we really break it down, a mastering pro usually has three things over what you do at home.…A real pro-mastering house has many things available that you probably won't find in the simple…home or small studio digital audio workstation room, such as high-end analog to digital,…and digital to analog converters, a great sounding listening environment, and exceptional monitoring system.…
The monitoring system of these facilities some times cost far more than many entire home studios.…Cost isn't the point here, but quality is.…
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