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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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Hello slutz: I just recently got into mastering, and I feel like my masters are decent can definitely improve but who can't....

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moostapha 15 hours ago
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Hi all. Is "Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science" still the king in 2018?

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scalawag 1 day ago
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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...

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Bob Olhsson 3 days ago
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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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SmoothTone 5 days ago
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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...

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Justin P. 5 days 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...

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TJT 5 days ago
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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...

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DenversWorld 2 weeks ago
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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...

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CJ Mastering 2 weeks ago
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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...

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SmoothTone 2 weeks ago
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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 3 weeks ago
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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...

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CJ Mastering 4 weeks ago
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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 4 weeks 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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CJ Mastering 4 weeks ago
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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...

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deedeeyeah 4 weeks ago
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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...

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CJ Mastering 4 weeks ago
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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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

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CJ Mastering 7th January 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...

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midiquestions 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...

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CJ Mastering 6th January 2018
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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...

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Giuseppe Zaccaria 4th January 2018
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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...

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soundmodel 4th January 2018
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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...

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SmoothTone 4th January 2018
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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...

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cemski 1st January 2018
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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...

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Justin P. 26th December 2017
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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...

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smoke 21st December 2017
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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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?...

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mastervargas 8th November 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...

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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...

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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...

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DontaBlack 2nd October 2017


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