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Old 30th March 2010
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myths in mastering audio

There are topic about audio myths, audiophile myths, let's have one about mastering...
I start with some funny ones, hope you contribute to it, 'cause weather in London is...'typical british' heh

1. anybody could be a mastering engineer, all you need is some 'dem waves' pluginzz:0, you get me ?heh

2. loud enough is when the blood from ears block music so badly, you can't hear a thing heh

3. self criticism - toslink cable from cheap audio device causes distortions..

4. buying expensive vari-mu compressor automatically triple your clients list
Old 30th March 2010
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5. Anything anyone ever says about dither.
Old 30th March 2010
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6. The less you use stereo widening the more 'street cred' you deserve heh
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6. MEs write books, start forums, give interviews etc 'cause they really want to share their secrets with all of us so we can all become good at it!
Old 30th March 2010
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7. You can't master with headphones (but possible if you spend 3k on an aftermarket cable).
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8. Myth Number 7..
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#69) Clipping is always bad.
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#70, "Wow, that's awful! The mastering engineer can fix it."
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#71) mastering makes the song sound worse than it sounded before
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well i did it more than once( i'm not the only one here...) and customers were happy
and for sure i didn't have to spend 3k or 1k on a aftermarket cable

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7. You can't master with headphones (but possible if you spend 3k on an aftermarket cable).
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#72 Doing it all digitally is the worst thing you can do
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#1. There are myths about mastering.
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#73 Full dynamics sound good.
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#75 640K ought to be enough for anybody.
Old 30th March 2010
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#666 there are not myths about mastering
Old 31st March 2010
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#999 There is no intent to misinform in mastering...government conspiracy??
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#76- everything you read on Gearslutz is true
Old 31st March 2010
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#411 This topic isn't pointless.
Old 31st March 2010
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#94: Don't even think about ever starting to try to do it yourself, pay a professional to do it instead.
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#94: Don't even think about ever starting to try to do it yourself, pay a professional to do it instead.
heh Thats all you see these guys say when someone asks how to master..so by my calculations there should be no more ME's left in about 6 years!
Old 31st March 2010
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# 100
a crap sounding loud record is always the fault of the mastering engineer...

# 101
audio forum trolls somehow know exactly what happened at every point in the creation of a record in which they had no involvement

# 102
mastering engineers love triangles (the instrument)
Old 31st March 2010
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General Music Myths...

I don't need a click track.

I CAN master it myself. I have the plug-ins

I can call myself a mastering engineer because I read Mix Magazine and I read every mastering post on GS.

No one except myself knows how to master my material.

Mastering is a black art.

There is no such thing as a loudness war.

I want it louder than zero dBFS - surely there must be more bits.

My music is not distorted you just don't know what you are doing.

So what if it is already a brick on your screen make it louder.

Too many cooks spoil the broth - many hands make work light and other contradictory statements that are posted on GS and the WWW.

No one understands me.

I don't need mastering

We can fix all the problems in the mastering.

Mastering can only be done by someone with all <insert name of expensive mastering gear>.

Mastering can only be done by a professional with 40 years of experience who has mastered 1000's of CDs.

Most mastering engineers belong to a secret society and are taught their skills by a Zen mastering master and are sworn to secrecy and cannot divulge their secrets to anyone.

If it doesn't pass though some analog piece of gear the mastering will not sound good.

Mastering is only putting a limiter/compressor and an equalizer across the 2 mix buss. My recording engineer told me that.

Mastering can be learned completely by reading Bob Katz's book twice.

Today you can do everything in your bedroom including mastering with the tools you have pirated off the WWW and your computer speakers.

I don't need no F%^&*&+ acoustics.

Egg crates work well for acoustical treatment.

The guy at GC said this would work so it must be true.

There is a magic formula for mastering that is only known by a few BIG time mastering engineers and they will not divulge their knowledge to anyone.

Boosting 100 Hz and 10000 Hz by +10 dBU guarantees a gold record.

If I try hard enough I can learn to do everything well including playing my instrument, recording myself, mixing myself, mastering myself, designing my own CD covers, doing my own marketing, doing my own promotion and doing my own printing and shrink wrapping. why is it that none of it seems professionally done when it am through???

Good equipment is not needed for mastering. I have a lot of Behringer equipment and my mastering sounds GREAT to me.

You don't have to have good monitor speakers to be a mastering engineer. NS-10 are what most mastering engineers use.

Anyone can master their own music.

Mastering is unnecessary for today's music.

Mastering and Mixing are the same things.

My mastering engineer didn't do what I wanted him to do so I took the material and mastered it and is sounds 1000 times better than his mastering.

Today everyone is a GREAT musician they are all just waiting be be discovered.

I don't need any safety copies of my masters.

The pressing plant ruined my songs.

Music does not have to be well played, mixed or mastered to be enjoyable or profitable.

Mastering engineers don't want to tell others the magic numbers that they use on their equipment to master people's material for fear that if they do their business will go away.

All mastering is crap unless it is done by <insert mastering engineer's name>

You have to have an RTA in order to be a mastering engineer.

The more speakers you have in your mastering room the better the mastering will sound.

I record everything at 384 kHZ at 64 bits because my music needs it.

After I got my stuff mastered it sounded the same as when I finished mixing it. The mastering engineer did not do anything.

HarBal is what every professional mastering engineer secretly uses but they don't want to tell you that for fear you will get one for yourself.

You can't be a REAL mastering engineer unless you use one of these <insert name of expensive piece of audio gear>

All mastering engineers are the same.

Good mastering engineers are hard to find.

There is no such thing as a bad mastering engineer

The reason my stuff sounds so bad was because it was mastered.

Good mastering should not cost much.

I did everything myself and the reason it doesn't sound good was because I could not afford <insert name of any piece of expensive equipment>

My mastering engineer ruined my mixes by not doing what I told them to do.

I shouldn't have to pay for mastering when all the person did was twiddle some knobs and fiddle with some equipment. That is NOT mastering.

My mastering engineer does not understand me or my music.

Just because I only have a 4 dBU RMS to peak average ratio on my incoming music it should have more dynamic range after mastering.

All mastering can be done with only Ozone. Nothing else is needed.

GS and other mastering forums are populated only by trolls and people that don't know anything about what they are doing.

Everything you read on GS is factual and informative.

I could master my own stuff if only someone would tell me the "magic settings" they use.

Headphones are the ONLY way to do mastering.

The bigger the computer monitor the mastering engineers uses the better the mastering will sound.

All DACs sound the same.

All mastering engineers are male.

Music today sounds better than anytime in history.

My stuff sounds so good it will go viral on YouTube the second I put it up.

Sure my stuff sounds distorted and is badly played and recorded but that is the way I planned it. Think of it as Acid Grunge.

The check is in the mail.

This will only take a few minutes.

The world needs my music.

Everything I do sounds GREAT to me.

I master by using my eyes and making all the eq curves ruler flat by pulling down the peaks and bringing up the valleys and it always sounds GREAT!

You don't need a limiter or a compressor or an equalizer to do mastering.
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Old 31st March 2010
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There is a magic formula for mastering that is only known by a few BIG time mastering engineers and they will not divulge their knowledge to anyone.
Actually, that one is true.
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#667: ME's are always booked..(mainly coz they're too busy writing pointless treads on GS) heh
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Mastering is a black art
This one's true too. \m/, .\m/
Old 31st March 2010
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mastering engineers love triangles (the instrument)
Excellent.
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# 1a

You are The Mastering Engineer if it sounds good to you !

heh
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Actually, that one is true.

It is.
Old 31st March 2010
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No 103: ALL mastering engineers are innocent when it comes to Loudness Wars - they are only making their clients happy.










Old 31st March 2010
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N°105

Client - Please I want a lot of of dynamics !
ME - (too happy to stay quiet) : You mean you really want your music groovy, lot of space and not too much compression ?
Client - Yes sure ... but please make it loud ! With lots of dynamics

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