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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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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...

jayfrigo
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jayfrigo 12th May 2008
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Hi i am wondering the best way to dither from 24b to 16b for mastered cd distribution. I am using Pro Tools to Master. Should i...

ktwalker76
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ktwalker76 15 hours ago
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Must I use unmastered audio source to practice or can I also use commercial CDs that's already been mastered?

slutbox
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12ax7 1 day ago
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Or could the mastering chain be done all at the same time; EQ, compressor and limiter all set then the entire song(s) is passed...

slutbox
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CJ Mastering 1 day ago
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Just finished a track. The genre is "soundtrack-ish", hybrid, mostly acoustic sounds (strings, vocal, horns etc). I did...

zahush76
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CJ Mastering 2 days ago
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Hi i am just in the box. I am Mastering a clients track synth electro music and they really want the kick cleaned and pushed...

ktwalker76
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SmoothTone 6 days ago
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Hi, can an ME or semi pro please recommend me a final limiter for MAstering. I have been trying chaining plugin limiters...

ktwalker76
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ktwalker76 3 weeks ago
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I'm having trouble with distortion being introduced when mastering. I can hear it when I isolate the bass and lead guitar. It...

CarvinAbuser
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Bushman 3 weeks ago
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I think I didn't leave enough headroom so I'm curious if I can go back to lower the master fader instead to allow headroom when...

slutbox
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CJ Mastering 4 weeks ago
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I've recently mastered a few of my songs using Wavelab 9.5 and Ozone 8 with maybe some additional compression. The default...

dgc4rter
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Sharp11 4 weeks ago
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Hi all, Question for everyone here, but especially the Mastering Engineers if they don't mind. How in the hell do you master so...

Ferg1
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lucey 20th February 2020
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So I'm new to mastering and I bought this Finalizer app thing when it was on 50% discount for my home studio, now I'm trying to...

thesheep
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thesheep 15th February 2020
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Hello, I have some questions concerning my home-mastering. (Which is fun to do - for releases I give it to a mastering...

Noise Commander
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CJ Mastering 14th February 2020
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Is there any point in buying a room EQ package with measuring microphone if one have available a handheld spectrum analyser? I...

tlindaas
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deedeeyeah 5th February 2020
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Hey guys, an area of my track is clipping and I'm not sure how or why. I'm working in elevate and I have the ceiling set at...

Edward Shnapper
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DGillespie 31st January 2020
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Awhile back, a friend who DJs at a college station played my music (.wav file) on the radio but it sounded clipped and distorted....

deern
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12ax7 30th January 2020
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I'm an aspiring mixing/mastering engineer (not sure which route I want to go) as well as a beat maker, and I cannot for the life...

Obe1
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Carl Freeland 29th January 2020
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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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Carl Freeland 29th January 2020
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I have a good mid-tier set of Mackie monitors that I use for everything leading up to the mastering stage. But of course,...

deern
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SmoothTone 26th January 2020
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I would like to know for streaming and bandcamp. I love dynamics and air. What rms to master at? Thank you. Is it important to be...

spektor
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hello people 21st January 2020
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Hey all, running into a new problem and was curious if you had any advice. The record I'm working on is intended to be...

Seamoss
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SmoothTone 17th January 2020
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Hi all I recently had something mastered by a top guy in Berlin, who told me he used multiple limiters (5 of them actually,...

sackmeister
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Conundra 12th January 2020
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Hello, happy twenty-twenty. I have a project, a jazz guitar trio, recorded at 96/24 that is ready to be mastered. Is an hybrid...

Batpro
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Batpro 11th January 2020
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Hi, got a question regarding mastering. In this case I am doing STEM mastering. So I typically have the following...

fender__
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fender__ 2nd January 2020
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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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sl1200mk2 30th December 2019
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Really annoyed. If i master one of my songs with headphones, it sounds the way i want with headphones but bad with speakers. If i...

AlexAston
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Simon Morrison 17th December 2019
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Hello! Does anyone have experience with mixing and mastering track which is going to be played live with a pop-rock band ? Should...

deemarcus
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SmoothTone 15th December 2019
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(I posted this in the forum "Newbie Audio Engineering + Production Question Zone" but I just got invited in this forum...

e95e
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e95e 12th December 2019
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Hi! I'm having an issue on the mastering side of things and wondered if one of you could shed some light on things. I...

Kris Pohl
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springer 24th November 2019
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Hi all, So, I ain't new to the game of audio... but, I have to say, Mastering in just Software doesn't cut it at all. For...

Kayo
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Bushman 22nd November 2019
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Hi I'm trying to do an ITB master of one of my tracks. It's a techno track. I have a Waves API 2500 with about 3dB of GR, fast...

insomni.ac
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Ambroise 12th November 2019
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Thanks and full credit to Techmoan. I grew up in the 60's and 70's using a variety of consumer-playback vinyl records 33, 45...

Arthur Stone
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Arthur Stone 9th November 2019
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Hey all, I got a trial master (free) track back from an established engineer who has done big names. Not super big names but I...

Romdave
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lacnadon 1st November 2019
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Hello All, Is there any where I can get unmastered tracks or audio to practice mastering techniques on? cheers!

Bytecrew
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Eric Stravinsky 29th October 2019
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An indie/folk client of mine had me master her songs for streaming. She chose a ceiling of 14 LUFS which I had no problem...

Symphony Sid
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SmoothTone 28th September 2019
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Hi all My mastering process is fairly simple, mostly because I don't pretend to be a mastering engineer. Basically, it is...

axemanchris
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SmoothTone 21st September 2019
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When I get our stuff mastered (we've used guys like Bob Ludwig, Sterling Sound guys, etc) and compare back to references, I don't...

Musickiks
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CJ Mastering 20th September 2019
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Hello All, I am producing Deep House, very musical, taking a lot of care about melody and harmony, in fact is not focused in...

Diaultra
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danyull 18th September 2019
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Hi there, I'm after some advice /guidance. I'm a DIY musician recording for myself and friends. Recently recorded an EP and...

Shawnobi
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GYMusic 15th September 2019
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Is it true that he gain "10dB" of headroom when he clips the master bus at "+10dB" with this...

mynet
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SmoothTone 15th September 2019
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Hi i am starting to put out some music for myself and clients. I do not want to go off yet to a Master engineer. Hopefully down...

ktwalker76
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ktwalker76 5th September 2019
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Hey guys. I'm curious. how do you pro mastering engineers go about getting the vocals to be level during an album? What is your...

dannydawiz
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CJ Mastering 29th August 2019
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Hi, I would really appreciate some guidance with something, I’ve kinda been scratching my head about: I had a mix that...

phillus
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CJ Mastering 23rd August 2019
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I don't really feel like I need to master my acoustic tracks that I record simply with 1 mic. I got about -1.1db headroom and...

lastcall
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CJ Mastering 23rd August 2019
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I would like to try some mastering in studio one. What would be the best way to do it? I will want to master a couple of songs...

spektor
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CJ Mastering 11th August 2019
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I'm interested in getting information about what LUFS level and perceived loudness tell us about the spectral balance of the mix...

The 6th Beatle
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jproc 4th August 2019
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I only have one song. I saw Justin P. make a comment. Why would you want to master an mp3? The studio owner passed away, shortly...

One Song
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One Song 12th May 2019
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Hi, I've queried two relatively big name mastering engineers for a project I'm working on. I'd prefer to leave their names out...

Romdave
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Bushman 9th May 2019
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Hi all, I'll start by saying thanks if you're reading this. I'm looking for some info about target delivery specs for audio...

StoneyBCN
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Deleted 691ca21 24th April 2019
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In this video I do a mastering for my modular synth track with Free VST plugins & Ableton Live! I show my mastering process...

Spyart
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Spyart 9th April 2019
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Simple question I think will be easily answered there: What hardware do I need to set up an entry level ITB mastering...

mrand
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Elsapo2001 27th March 2019

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