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24th November 2017
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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...

Riccardo
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Riccardo 27th March 2016
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I'm curious if most of you use Ozone 8/7/6, something similar, or your own chain of plugins to Master. Please vote in the...

jerrydpi
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TanTan 2 days ago
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I've heard a few ME's now mention that they'll use a limiter on parts of a song if needed. I'm trying to figure out when they'll...

Jonathan Race
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Wayne 4 days ago
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I still burn CD's for my album making friends. I used to have Furio. What a great FREE program. I loved it. I think it went the...

philsaudio
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philsaudio 6 days ago
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How often are High-pass filters being used by ME's? I thought it was something beneficial for say rock / acoustic material but...

Jonathan Race
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wrgkmc 1 week ago
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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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tluke 1 week ago
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Hey guys, any issues sending a mixed audio clip to the mastering engineer at low volume? The LUFS of this track is around -25. ...

Edward Shnapper
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Riccardo 1 week ago
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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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nizzaaii 2 weeks ago
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Hello Sorry for these newbie questions... I have read a lot of things about loudness but it s not totaly clear for me. How...

systo
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systo 2 weeks ago
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Does a CD burnt with AMQR sound better in the average player then one burnt in a different mode? Does a PLEXTOR PX-716A 16x8x6...

ramar
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ramar 2 weeks ago
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This is a thread that has links to some useful resources relating to mastering (especially for newer guys who don't have much...

Jonathan Race
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Jonathan Race 3 weeks ago
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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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hvbias 4 weeks ago
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I have been mixing music for about 10 years. In the past 3 years I have exponentially increased in overall sound quality and...

realstreet936
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smoke 4 weeks ago
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Hey people, So my digital distribution company is telling me that Spotify is asking for a FLAC file of my master. Whether...

semur01
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mastervargas 4 weeks ago
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Simple question really. If Dithering essentially adds low level noise, surely this would push us over the edge when we've already...

Jonathan Race
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RJHollins 8th November 2017
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Hi, all, does anyone have suggestions for best ways and practices to add metadata after bouncing final tracks to wav files?...

rosewood123
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mastervargas 8th November 2017
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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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AllanS82 25th October 2017
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In mastering a recording of vocalist and guitar, I was troubled by a scratchy quality on vocal peaks. After I switched from...

Mike48
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Mike48 24th October 2017
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Hi! I need a bit of advice and finding so many conflicting ideas, i suppose a lot is down to preference but would like to see...

Matt Pumpkin
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MogwaiBoy 24th October 2017
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I know this is a mastering question but the mastering forum won't let me post as I am new. So I will post it here. I am buying...

AlphaMilkRec
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jupiter8 4th October 2017
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I have been studying a little here in there on RMS. It all started when I recently purchased the T racks CS stealth limiter. I...

DontaBlack
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DontaBlack 2nd October 2017
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Hi First post so be gentle :) I am setting up as a mastering engineer, I've build a soundproof room, it's fully treated and...

Container1
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Jonathan Race 20th September 2017
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so i have an original song im working on but the kick and the bass aren't hitting hard enough. i still have the ability to change...

neonreymun
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Noisewagon 18th September 2017
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Hi all, I was reading an older thread which was closed, on how to deliver your mixes to the ME. What I was wondering , is...

eightysix
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MogwaiBoy 11th September 2017
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So I finished a mix. It is guitar only and I set the peak limiter to -3dB and everything sounds decent on my VXT6 monitors but...

jaystandin
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Arthur Stone 3rd September 2017
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Hi guys I have a rock mix I am working on and have everything mixed and ready for master. When I input Ozone 7 on master track...

jaystandin
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jaystandin 1st September 2017
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I am limiting my tracks to a -.7dB ceiling. I have my threshold set so there is occasional limiting at 3dB’s maximum. And I...

Synpatico
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Arthur Stone 31st August 2017
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Just want to know people's opinion on Aftermaster and Promaster. If you've used either of them, please share your...

energy flow
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Padrogue 30th August 2017
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Yo, I started a new video tutorial series named "Under 5" where I'll be showing cool tips & tricks in a short...

CX3Music
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Analogue Mastering 29th August 2017
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Hello guys, I'm curious. What famous albums have been done from start to finish (mastering) in ableton live 9? I'm a girl...

Tonnie
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Tonnie 18th August 2017
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As many of us are fully aware, we seem to be living in an age where us mixing engineers are expected to master our own work. I...

theillusionist
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spektor 18th August 2017
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I have a mastering job of 11 tracks for an artist. he sent two different .zip files. one with the normal mixes and another with...

JoshuaVazquezNYC
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JoshuaVazquezNYC 12th August 2017
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Today people listen to headphones and my technique is this: Mix with monitors, mastering with monitors and then final touch with...

andy3
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andy3 30th July 2017
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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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Chaos.Klaus 20th July 2017
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So I just finished up mixing an album for a friend of mine and he's too much of a cheap bastard to shell out for a real mastering...

osiris1979
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stan1000 18th July 2017
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hey all, I can't help but noticing that professionally mastered tracks (or at least in Pop which is what I listened to and try...

amirgelman
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Sunspotgrooves 16th July 2017
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Hi guys, When master,ing one of the things we do is "normalize and maximize" volume. Obviously it's important not to...

chrismeraz
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chrismeraz 15th July 2017
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yingyang --------------------------------------------------------------- What are recommended steps, for good mastering? What...

Hemaeji
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Hemaeji 11th July 2017
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A question about best dither practices here- Dither should be performed last, after the fades that control the heads and tails...

Impurifier
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Bob Olhsson 8th July 2017
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OK so I'm old school, I like VU meters, I'm in Pro Tools, and in PREFS I set "0 VU=-18." Based on what I've read, -18...

oceantracks
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nverxion 6th July 2017
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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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psykostx 1st July 2017
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Hi guys, im trying to find a good tecnique to master the final tracks in FL studio just using his own tools plus some other...

Khappa MJ
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Miles Flint 29th June 2017
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I have some songs that I wrote years ago. The songs lack drums and bass guitar, which I would like to add now. The problem is,...

Paul M1
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Brent Hahn 7th June 2017
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Hi, recently I started messing with EQ in the mastering stage badly To copy exactly like my refrence tracks It really does...

ikamy
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ikamy 6th June 2017
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hi to all, please, i wish to have your comments if i have to dither or not my recordings before i burn the cd (disc at...

nikonick
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MogwaiBoy 6th June 2017
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So I recorded my band... Drums, guitars, bass and vocals and all. I then mixed it really well - constantly referring to a...

Vesta
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SmoothTone 1st June 2017
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Hello there! Big question this day... I need your advice for a good eq on mixbus (mastering process). To finalize my demo...

ostudio
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JP__ 18th May 2017
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Hi, I am new in mastering of music. My actual quest is to master simple rock song with guitars, bass, drums and couple of...

Capponero
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jeandado 16th May 2017
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So I am new to mastering. Have a good handle on it, a few buddies that do it very well but have never bugged them about teaching...

Hamburg58
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Hamburg58 13th May 2017
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In search of a high quality, unique (out of the box) way of providing "Client's Mixes" I am not a mastering engineer...

Thrip
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Thrip 3rd May 2017
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Hi experts. I'm fairly inexperienced when it comes to mixing and mastering, so I'm not exactly sure of the direction I need to go...

itsallkosher
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itsallkosher 3rd May 2017

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