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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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"Mastering for Beginners:" Isn't that a bit like 'DIY Unexploded Bomb Disposal?'

razorboy
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razorboy 2 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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JT3 Production 2 weeks ago
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Situation: The project in question has both vocal and plug-in instrument tracks. I plan to prepare this project to be mixed and...

MusicMayqer
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CJ Mastering 3 weeks ago
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I'm currently working on a song which has two vocals one is male vocal and the other is female vocal. I'm using...

josejayant13
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SmoothTone 3 weeks ago
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A song I recently mixed and did my own make it louder master was uploaded to Reverbnation. On playback it sounds compressed and...

Jeff Tummond
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Jeff Tummond 3 weeks ago
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Hi everybody, I recently started a collaboration as mixing and mastering engineer for a small funky house / disco house...

Concept B.
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CJ Mastering 3 weeks ago
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Hi guys, I got a track mastered and the engineer gave me a version that is less compressed (in terms of dynamics) for streaming...

Jackdc100
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Jackdc100 4 weeks ago
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Hi all, My first question on the board, I think. I have a project that I will master that contains a range of genres and...

timboalogo
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timboalogo 11th August 2020
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im in the mixing process of a song and im lacking some high end in the overall mix is it ok to strap a eq on the master channel?...

Newbie956
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RobertRyda 6th August 2020
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Hi there, I'm new to mastering so apologies if this is obvious.. :) Thank you in advance for your help. Two...

hellojoshgraham
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kuasalogam 24th July 2020
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I am new to the site. I came on here specifically to seek advice on having a song mastered. I'm an artist that lost the original...

Tigertron
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SmoothTone 15th July 2020
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Hello! I'm having a hard time finding my 1st Mastering EQ. I've had my eyes set on the Maag 4M, TK-Lizer 2 and a few others in...

optikstrange
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IAMGOD_OFFICIAL 15th July 2020
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Hi Guys, I hope you experts out there can help me out with this mastering question I have. Most of the reference tracks I...

fender__
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msmucr 6th July 2020
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My masters often come out quiet because I don’t push limiter as hard due to crackling (probably distortion would be more...

TS-12
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SmoothTone 5th July 2020
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Like the title says, is there a standard for this? How much silence do you leave on the actual file? In HOFA I can make the pre...

Trebor75
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Mindtree 30th June 2020
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I have Bob Katz's Mastering Audio (3rd edition) and was just wondering if it's worth buying Bobby Owsinski's book on mastering? I...

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bgood 28th June 2020
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Hi everyone, I'm upgrading my monitors and wondering if the PMC Result 6 are up to task for mastering? As I understand it,...

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CJ Mastering 19th June 2020
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Totally newbie here at mastering, but id like to try my hand in it, I mostly do things inside the box. so what plugins do you...

sunken0887
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CJ Mastering 10th June 2020
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First let me say that I TRY to master my music and I'm in no way a Pro, although I've been working at it for some years now....

Ave.
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mardyMcFly 21st May 2020
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Hi all, The ME I've chosen for my latest project has asked me to please "leave off any peak limiting or loudness...

Romdave
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RyanM 15th May 2020
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I am certainly no expert on loudness, but even I can tell I am missing the boat by looking at this file. Also, if I compare it to...

777funk
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777funk 7th May 2020
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Hello all, I was wondering if I control my peaks the right way, just to make it easier for my compressors on my master...

Volt9
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Volt9 6th May 2020
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I know Mastering is a fine art, but I just wanted some advice on simple Home mastering to get a healthy mastered stereo...

flsh333
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flsh333 5th May 2020
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Hi guys,like in the title i do electronic and trapstep music. I obviously love 808 fat bass and big,warm and punchy kicks. I...

808lab
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DAH 4th May 2020
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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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Vum 28th April 2020
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Hi guys,recently i’ve buyed the uad chandler mastering eq. Now,after some search online,i’ve decide to start demoing the...

808lab
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01010110 27th April 2020
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Im looking to improve my mixes. Ive been doing this since 2003 but recently just tore apart my technique and am trying to break...

cap217
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cap217 26th April 2020
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Hi i am using Sonoris TPDF no curve 16b dither to bounce out my Master sessions. I am very happy with the clarity of sound with...

ktwalker76
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traumerei1838 23rd April 2020
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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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soundslikejeremy 12th April 2020
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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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CJ Mastering 12th April 2020
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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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biksonije 11th April 2020
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Sceptre S8+TS108 User here,also has adam a7x & NS10M pro. I'm very satisfied with Sceptre's sound field performance and...

Felix233
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Carl Freeland 10th April 2020
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Hello! i am trying the ozone bundle and i just wanted to know which are your favourite settings for the...

mrcrowly
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CJ Mastering 10th April 2020
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So my partner had a song mastered by a professional mastering house. Half the song was supplied to take home to listen to. As I...

Shawnobi
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Shawnobi 8th April 2020
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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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CJ Mastering 3rd April 2020
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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 28th March 2020
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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 24th March 2020
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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 7th March 2020
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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 7th March 2020
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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 29th 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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