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It is a place for engineers starting out seeking advice about the fundamentals of mastering. Seasoned pros with a bit of time and...

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Riccardo 27th March 2016
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Let me take a moment to type up a PQ primer... PQ codes refer to 2 of the 8 subcode channels P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, that run...

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jayfrigo 12th May 2008
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Good day I’m interested in learning to Master audio and have decided to begin ITB and see if it’s for me. I was wondering...

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Hoping to get some really wise, foresighted, info, out of this question. I make EMD, rap and hiphop.... I want to really stress...

Camplo
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Camplo 1 week ago
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Hi! I would like an information of who usually works with analog and AD clip. 1. Is it possible to keep unit gain until it...

gilmanoel
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SmoothTone 1 week ago
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Hey Guys, Just wanted some advice, I have the opportunity to buy some brand new genelec 1236A for $9500. Primary use would be...

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Truthtrader 2 weeks ago
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Hello, I've having some difficulty with the low end in this track and I am looking for advice. Specifically, I can't seem to...

fender4593
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CJ Mastering 4 weeks ago
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Is it because it is using analog compressor / gear? I tried to match those kind of volume and intensity. But i am only master...

1jordyzzz
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turk sanchez 7th July 2018
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My question specifically pertains to workflow when preparing to send multiple tracks through a compression element of an analogue...

James Lehmann
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James Lehmann 15th June 2018
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The question is, does it make sense? I only did mastering ITB so far, but I would love to get some nice stereo eq for polishing...

Christian C
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Christian C 12th June 2018
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Hi, I've been working on a record which is just instrumental/soundtracks (it's a concept kind of thing) and all of the songs...

tridlo
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Riccardo 11th June 2018
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Did a Twitch stream today covering my hybrid in the box and analog setup mastering tutorial. I'm not the most eloquent speaker...

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fuse 2nd June 2018
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Just wondering if anyone can offer some advice on how should a spectrum analyser look on a good mixdown for general dance...

Noodlez
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CJ Mastering 27th May 2018
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What with Yanny and Lauren exploding all over social media right now, which is very similar to the Tritone Paradox that many of...

mitchiemasha
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mitchiemasha 21st May 2018
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would like to understand the use of a compressor in mastering in conjunction with a limiter. Why isn't the limiter alone...

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Hermetech Mastering 13th May 2018
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Kind of a newb question but this is the place to ask it, right?? I have a mastering plugin chain of 8 plugins in Logic. I have...

profvonsok
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CJ Mastering 12th May 2018
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I'm an amateur making two-channel Blumlein recordings of a singer-songwriter who has no mic technique. In an otherwise lovely...

Mike48
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bitman 11th May 2018
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Hey, When mastering for vinyl, how do you make cue-sheets? I'm on mac.

mister m
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Justin P. 7th May 2018
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Hello slutz: I just recently got into mastering, and I feel like my masters are decent can definitely improve but who can't....

Mixedbyloveway
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chazmar 26th April 2018
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this question probably gets asked a lot and i may have asked it before. i still need help. now as i get more into mastering,...

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chazmar 26th April 2018
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Hi! Hope its ok to put this in the mastering forum, but I think this is one for the trained ears.. I have Genelec 8260 as...

Rasmus Faber
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JR Mastering 20th April 2018
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Hi guys :) I need to start compiling 8 of my original songs to be burned to a CD ROM. That is the easy part (burning...

jerrydpi
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SmoothTone 20th April 2018
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I signed up with an iTunes aggregate called LANDR, and I intend to release music on iTunes through them. LANDR has a mastering...

tluke
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JR Mastering 15th April 2018
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Hi all. Is "Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science" still the king in 2018?

scalawag
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JR Mastering 11th April 2018
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I've been slowly developing my mastering techniques+ear over the past 6-ish years and last night i mastered a track (just for...

Barncore
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JR Mastering 11th April 2018
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I am just wondering about the worklfow in mixdown/mastering. The physical studff to do, everything relly, I know so little about...

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JR Mastering 11th April 2018
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Hello guys I really need some help and some words of wisdom and tip on on this. I use a T-racks at the end of my chain, and...

aarvin2
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Sk1nZ 23rd March 2018
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Do I only need to dither when I'm changing my bit depth down say from 24 bit to 16 bit for example? So for mastering I would not...

turtletree
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Bob Olhsson 17th March 2018
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1. Is there anything wrong with using ableton to master? Where you put each song on it's own tracks in sequential order with each...

turtletree
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Justin P. 15th March 2018
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In order to make a consistent-sounding, volume and everything, album or EP of music, I’ve seen that people master all the...

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TJT 15th March 2018
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Hi guys, I'm looking for straight forward answers... I understand that mastering isn't simple, a good ear is required and lots...

DenversWorld
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DenversWorld 5th March 2018
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hey guys i know this would sound very stupid and weird.. might be even looked like an idiot.. but is it okay to use...

babypopmusic
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CJ Mastering 1st March 2018
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Hey guys, i recently moved from Mac to PC and i'm not digging Ableton as a DAW for mastering. Thought it might be a good time to...

Barncore
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SmoothTone 1st March 2018
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Hi, when my track got played on the radio recently it kept dipping on the main kick drum hits. The client asked for a massive...

Christopher Bay
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Christopher Bay 26th February 2018
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Hello. I have been making music (Hip-Hop) since around 2008 for fun, but I have always been irritated at the fact that my...

waterise
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CJ Mastering 18th February 2018
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Hello fellow slutters - I've got two stupid questions that I need help with if you can: 1) My masters sound distorted on...

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CJ Mastering 18th February 2018
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Hi! I've got a quick question about upsampling audio. For example, if i am working on a file that is 44.1, i know the UAD...

Matt Pumpkin
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CJ Mastering 18th February 2018
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Noob question. Say I've got a PT Session which is recorded and mixed at 88.2/24 and I'd like to outplay to another DAW which is...

JoFi
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deedeeyeah 14th February 2018
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Why is it that 9 out of 10 of the reference tracks I load into ozone are peaked over 0db? I'm trying to mix to a reference to an...

cnyk
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CJ Mastering 14th February 2018
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I know this has been covered a lot but I'm still baffled. i'm mastering a Heavy Rock album I mixed and trying to get them to...

Christopher Bay
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MogwaiBoy 4th February 2018
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I have been learning mastering as I master my e.p I got the mix as good as I can get it. Now in mastering trying to do as little...

spektor
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session bass 3rd February 2018
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I mix and master my music solely on Ableton though I am also a Logic user and recently purchased pro-tools. I noticed that when...

nizzaaii
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teebaum 2nd February 2018
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I am a 17 year old who plans to pursue music production. I have gotten better in some areas, but not mastering. I always get the...

Mikey_morel
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SmoothTone 22nd January 2018
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Recently I recorded and mixed pieces for an album, and I mixed each piece to hit -16.5LUFS EBU128 (this was neither chamber music...

Swing
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Swing 22nd January 2018
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Every track I export from Protools 12 to mp3 sound horrible. It sounds too flat, not like the thing I was mixing. I use a MacBook...

robofficial
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Riccardo 21st January 2018
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This is from a 1954 recording, I am unsure of what the recording medium is. Listen to the odd pitch shifting going up and down...

hvbias
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CJ Mastering 21st January 2018
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This prob has been done to death. I have been improving my mix skills to a point that the mix sounds as close to the master as I...

spektor
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CJ Mastering 20th January 2018
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Hey, I suspect my audio interface is degrading my mixdowns, I'm running cubase 8.5 with a UR824. To try and make sure I've...

gbruler
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CJ Mastering 17th January 2018
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Ok I have not done this in Wavelab for years and I forgot. Being working in Samplitude. I took all my songs, put them in Wavelab...

Jason rocks
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Jason rocks 14th January 2018
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I was looking for a second, more experienced, pair of ears to listen to my simple recordings, so I had a couple of them mastered...

deejayen
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nverxion 13th January 2018
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What should the "scope" of a track with good stereo image look...

soundmodel
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CJ Mastering 7th January 2018
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Are there general rules as to how much bass and treble should differ in dB?` I've heard the rule "they should be peaking...

soundmodel
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CJ Mastering 6th January 2018

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