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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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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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spektor 1 day ago
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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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sl1200mk2 1 day ago
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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 1 day ago
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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 2 days 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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MogwaiBoy 2 days ago
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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 2 days 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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CJ Mastering 2 days ago
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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 3 days ago
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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 6 days ago
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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 1 week ago
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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...

purpleduck
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nverxion 1 week ago
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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 1 week ago
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What should the "scope" of a track with good stereo image look...

soundmodel
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CJ Mastering 2 weeks 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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midiquestions 2 weeks ago
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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 2 weeks ago
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How should the 15k-20k area look like? I recognize that this area contains "bright soft noise" or it could be...

soundmodel
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Giuseppe Zaccaria 2 weeks ago
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Driving audio into +40dB clipping in iZotope RX sounds good, how to replicate this effect such that it doesn't actually clip, but...

soundmodel
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soundmodel 2 weeks ago
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When using stereo imagers, should one pass the entire track through it or slice some frequencies and then pass a band-limited...

soundmodel
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SmoothTone 2 weeks ago
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I recorded a live show with two different portable digital audio recorders. One was hooked up to the line out from the mixer, and...

eurostache
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cemski 3 weeks ago
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Hey guys, loving this forum. I'm a noob here, been mixing for a while but new at mastering. I'm going against all common logic...

joeltaylorsf
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Justin P. 4 weeks ago
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Hi. I'd like to ask you guys how come one can't mix and master with headphones. I understand how the reflections in the...

Tunetiger
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smoke 4 weeks 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 16th December 2017
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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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smoke 15th December 2017
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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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smoke 15th December 2017
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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 9th December 2017
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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 1st December 2017
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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 27th November 2017
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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 18th November 2017
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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 10th November 2017
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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 9th November 2017
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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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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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