Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video Printing alternative mixes, part of Audio Mastering Techniques.
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Even though mixes in a digital audio workstation could be almost instantly recalled and changed,…most mixers still print alternate mixes in order to make ultra-quick fixes during mastering possible.…While alternate mixes with the vocal up or down a dB used to be the norm,…today's mixers find that three types of alternate mixes can accomplish most fixes.…The instrumental mix. (music playing)…The A cappella mix. (music playing)…And the TV mix. (music playing)…An instrumental mix is often used to clean up objectionable lyrics and a song by editing…in a small piece of the instrumental over the final mix of the lead vocal, that way…the mix sounds a lot better than if the word is beeped out. It's also sometimes used for licensing television shows.…
(music playing)…By using a combination of the instrumental mix with A cappella mix, it's possible to raise…or lower word that might be too loud or masked.…(music playing)…The TV mix is everything but the lead vocal, so the artist or band can appear on television…
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