Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the iTunes Plus tools: iTunes Droplet, part of Audio Mastering Techniques.
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The Mastered for iTunes Droplet is a stand-alone drag and drop tool that's a quick and easy way to encode…your masters to the AAC format that iTunes uses.…You can find it in your Applications/Utilities folder after the iTunes Mastering Tools have been installed.…But I have put it on the Desktop for easy access.…All you have to do is drag and drop the source audio file or a folder containing source files…onto the droplet. Most of the time these will be either AIFF or WAVE files.…Utility will create a temporary core audio file in the same folder as your source file.…
When the file is finally converted to AAC, the core audio temp file is automatically deleted.…You won't see a Progress Bar while conversion is taking place, and it may take a few moments.…The Droplet then gives you a prompt when the process is completed.…The new file will have a M4A file extension, which means it's an AAC file.…Keep in mind that regardless of the sample rate, the Droplet will automatically convert…the file to 44.1 kilohertz.…
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