Mastering Music Like A Pro! All You Need To Know!

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What is mastering music and why do you need to know how to do it? Today we are talking all about mastering music. SO have a seat and let’s get to know the basics of mastering music together!

Mastering Music Like A Pro! All You Need To Know!

Mastering Music Like A Pro! All You Need To Know!
Mastering Music Like A Pro! All You Need To Know!

Knowing how to master music is one important skill that many music producers know about, but what does it take in order for you to become a pro at mastering music? We are starting with the basics…

What is Mastering and Why is it Important?

In basic English mastering is the term most commonly used to refer to the process of taking an audio mix and preparing the audio for distribution.

What do I mean, there is a process such as unifying the sound of a record, maintaining consistency across an album, and preparing for distribution.

How can mastering impact the sound of the record

When you want to have a correct mix balance your one goal of mastering is to correct mix balance issues and of course, enhance the sound while putting the final touches on it.

You can proceed by adding broad equalization, applying compression, limiting, and so on.

They also call this process “premastering” in the world of LP and CD replication, but for simplicity, we will refer to it as mastering!

How mastering can impart the consistency of a sound or album

When it comes to mastering you should take into consideration that it has to be made for how the individual tracks work together when they are being played one after another in an album.

Do you hear a consistent sound or levels matched?

Does the collection have a common “character” and playback evenly so that the listener doesn’t have to adjust the volume?

This process is generally included in the previous step, with the additional evaluation of how individual tracks sound in sequence and in relation to each other.

This doesn’t mean that you simply make one preset and use it on all your tracks so that they have a consistent sound. Instead, the goal is to reconcile the differences between tracks while maintaining (or even enhancing) the character of each of them, which will most likely mean different settings for different tracks.

Preparation for distribution

The final step usually involves preparing the song or sequence of songs for download, manufacturing and/or duplication/replication. This step varies depending on the intended delivery format.

In the case of a CD, it can mean converting to 16 bit/44.1 kHz audio through resampling and/or dithering and setting track indexes, track gaps, PQ codes, and other CD-specific markings.

For web-centered distribution, you might need to adjust the levels to prepare for conversion to AAC, MP3 or hi-resolution files and include the required metadata.

 

Mastering with an Aim.

In this case, I am using mastering as a final chance to catch any mistakes, trying to sweeten the song slightly and also make sure it is loud enough. I have an aim at all times in the process – even if it’s an experimental part, I still know that’s what I am doing.

At each stage, I ask myself “What am I trying to achieve by using this VST?

I also take time to get my head in the right place so that I feel creative and motivated to finish the project – Often overlooked but the most important step in my opinion!

Don’t forget the Final Checks and adding fades

Automate the master fader (this is after the effects chain) to fade the start and end of the song.
Checking – Listen from start to finish without tweaking anything.
Listen for :
Clicks, pops, cut breaths, clipping, bad edits, resonances (especially in the low mids), consonance, overly harsh “sss” in vocals, is everything perfectly in time etc?

The MIX must be good for a good master. Mastering is not a quick fix for a bad mix.

Adjust the total balance

This will help it sound good on all systems. Use reference track and compare to professional releases. If you hear that your balance is off you can use subtle EQ or go back to the mix to fix big problems.

I like using Tonal Balance Tool to help me get in the right sort of area but I always set the final levels to taste. I am not paid to promote this plugin but Izotope did send me a copy to use without the pressure of showing it in videos.

The EQ’s I like to use our – Custom Series EQ, TR5 EQual, Eiosis Earth for the high pass.

Sweeten the sound

Be careful here – we are not trying to FIX a problem, we are simply looking to give it that extra 1%.

This could include saturation (Tape or Tube), Gentle stereo widening, Volume automation (macro dynamics), harmonic excitement and Bus compression.

I would be very cautious if you are new to these effects, it’s best to experiment with them but don’t feel pressured to commit to them. In time, this practice will help you master these tools and before long you will feel in control and be able to use them to help your mastering.

I demonstrate using the VBC to compress the mix.

Many types of compressors can be used and multiband compressors are often used too.
The aim here is the change the sound stage, “glue” things together and add some warmth.

Immediately I was fooled by an increase in volume but after tweaking some dials it started to work. The threshold was adjusted until I could hear some gentle compression.

The reality is that there are not many “go to settings” that works for all mastering situations. It’s important to practice and get comfortable with the tools.

There you have it, Mastering Music Like A Pro! All You Need To Know!

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If you’re like most women trying to lose weight… you diet, you count calories, you tear up the treadmill, and…nothing.

That’s how I was was feeling…

I did “everything right” and never lost an inch. My Energy was gone..

Until I stumbled on this delicious electrifying "coffee fat-burning trick” and electrifying my metabolism and torched off fat from my problem areas in just 13 days by drinking Coffee.

And because of this one simple shift in my eating, I shed pounds and inches from my body without starving myself and without a lick of exercise!

With the same “reduce hunger” trick I dropped a good amount of weight in the FIRST month and I shocked my doctor by completely reversing ALL pre-diabetes symptoms!

If you’re a woman over the age of 25 who wants to reclaim your life inside the body you DESERVES, you should check it out for yourself.

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