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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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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 4 days ago
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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 1 week ago
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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 2 weeks ago
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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 2 weeks ago
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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 2 weeks ago
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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 2 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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Vum 3 weeks ago
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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 4 weeks ago
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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 4 weeks ago
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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 4 weeks 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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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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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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MASSIVE Master 7th 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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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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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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