Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video Mixing with mastering in mind, part of Audio Mastering Techniques.
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Whether you are going to master your music yourself or decide to hire a mastering engineer,…here are some mixing tips to help you get the most out of your mastering session.…Don't over-EQ when mixing.…A mix is over-EQ'd when it has big spikes in the frequency response as a result of trying…to make one or more instruments fit better together.…This might make the mix tear your head off, because it's too bright or has a huge and unnatural sounding bottom.…Listen to an example of a mix where the cymbals are way too bright, so it makes the entire…mix sound bright as a result.…
(music playing)…In general, mastering engineers can do a better job for you if your mix is on the dull side…rather than too bright. Listen to this example of a dull mix.…(music playing)…Now listen to the same mix after it's been brightened.…
(music playing)…Likewise, it's better to be light on the bottom end than to have too much.…Don't over-compress when mixing.…Over-compression means that you have added so much mix-bus compression that the mix has…
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