Archives For Mastering

Mastering is an important part of the recording process. Technically, I consider to be AFTER the recording process. Mastering is kind of like the guys who have to go in pick up all the bodies at the end of the movie Commando. The killing is done and now it’s time to wrap up the movie. That’s kind of what audio mastering is. I’ll talk about mastering software, my experiences with mastering engineers, etc.

It’s staggering to me how many people WANT to call mastering “voodoo”. They really want to believe that there are a bunch of little gnomes inside some box about to sacrifice a virgin to get their tune to sound awesome. As usual, that kind of thinking holds a person back.

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Do the “rules” of mastering apply to Pretend Mastering? I don’t think so.

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There’s a good reason the big boy mixes are loud as hell but still pound like crazy and don’t sound distorted. They aren’t chewing up their peak level.

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Looking for some exciting plugins with character for both mixing and mastering. Look no further than T-Racks.

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Mastering is a complete waste of time until…….Butch Vig and Smells Like Teen Spirit prove it.

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Automatic Mastering software is a controversial topic in home recording land. Does it work? Can it work? Is the role of mastering being distorted? Find out.

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Today I decided to try out the Aradaz Maximizer, a VST Brickwall limiter, to see how it compared to the Waves L2. It appears that we have an exciting new, free tool for making our mixes louder.

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