Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video Metering while mastering, part of Audio Mastering Techniques.
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There are more Metering Tools available to the mastering engineer than the simple metering…that we are used to during recording, because the Mastering process requires a lot more visual…input to tell you the things that you need to know.…Paying attention to the meters is extremely important in mastering, much more so than…mixing, especially when you are trying to achieve hot levels.…Typically, the mastering engineer will look at the following: A PPM meter or a Peak Program…Meter, a Spectrum Analyzer, sometimes called a Real-Time Analyzer or an RTA, a Phase Correlation…Meter, a Phase Oscilloscope, and a Dynamic Range Meter.…
A Peak Meter is what's found on virtually every piece of Digital Equipment and Plug-in,…since it has an extremely fast response.…This has become a necessity for digital recording, because any signal beyond 0 dB causes a very nasty distortion.…All Peak Meters have a red over indicator that lets you know you've exceeded the zone of audibly clean level.…VU Meters found in analog audio gear are what's known as RMS meters, and you'll occasionally…
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