Mastering With Stock Plugins: EQ [Video]

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Confused about the mastering process? Wonder what plugins you really need to start mastering your mixes to perfection? Have no fear. Today I’m introducing one of three simple videos on how to master your tracks in any DAW with stock plugins. We’ll cover the big three in mastering: EQ, compression, and limiting. Today I want to start with the power of EQ.

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32 Responses to “Mastering With Stock Plugins: EQ [Video]”

  1. Glen

    Graham. You are the man. I have a project to master, so today I told myself “I’m going to research mastering some more.”

    And bam. Same day service. Thanks for the vid brother.

    Glen

    Reply
  2. Tal

    Graham,
    Very nice tutorial for us folks that need a simplistic approach. Ian’s site sometimes can give me information overload, however he is definitely an excellent source. I am just wondering about your use of Studio One. Joe has pretty much abandoned Pro Tools for Studio One and now I see you have a video with Studio One. Are you “on the fence” with regards to a switch of DAW’s? I know that the processes are pretty much interchangeable, however the “environment”, if you will, is sometimes difficult visualizing. I was just curious my friend and please take care!
    In His Name, Tal

    Reply
    • Graham

      Hi Tal,

      Glad the video helped. Nope, I’m firmly a Pro Tools guy for recording, editing, and mixing. I just like Studio One for mastering.

      Reply
  3. Gustavo Andrade

    Hey Graham! I’m still a bit confused as to what you did in the video. Shouldn’t these adjustments be done in the mixing stage? What I mean´╗┐ is that you’re using EQ on the whole mix but focusing on one instrument at a time. Thaks for all the great videos by the way!

    Reply
    • Graham

      Hi Gustavo,

      For me as the mastering engineer, I wasn’t given a chance to mix it. So I can only use an EQ to make these adjustments. Bet even if you are mastering your own material, you’ll likely use EQ to make these balances as you start to notice what’s missing with your mixes as a whole.

      Reply
  4. CHoffman

    Another good one. Thanks Graham. I’m learning over and over that little moves add up to matter big!

    -C

    Reply
  5. Tsen

    Graham,

    What is it about Studio One that you like for mastering? I record and mix in Cubase. But when it comes to mastering, should I be using another DAW to give different perspective like what you’re doing here?

    Thanks and keep up the great work Graham!

    Reply
    • Graham

      No reason to use another DAW just for mastering. I mastered in Pro Tools for years. I just like the Project page workflow in Studio One. It also allows me to embed meta data for digital releases. Super fast.

      Reply
      • Mike

        plus Studio One is a cheap all in one solution for Recording, Mixing and Mastering since it contains a feature that Wavelab users had to wait for for years: saving a CD project in ddp format, that means direct access to the CD factory protocoll.

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        • andy

          Hi Mike,

          This is good info. What is the going rate for 1000 CDs these days if you deliver the “master” as a digital file or files? The last time we pressed 1000 it was 2001 and I think we had to give Rainbo Records (or someone like that) digital audio tape for the pressing.

          Thanks

          Andy

          Reply
  6. Vlad

    Hello Graham! I recently started doing the sound direction, but always ask the Lord to guide me in the right direction. And now the Lord has led me to you. Praise Him for that! And thank you for your work!

    Reply
  7. ZIONIRIE

    HI GRAHAM BLESSED…..TELL ME WHAT SHOULD THE PEAK OF THE TRACK BE BEFORE MASTERING….GIVE THANKS AND PRAISE

    Reply
  8. todd

    nice videos graham – what software do you use to record the video from your laptop?

    thanks!

    Reply
  9. mike

    Thanks for these mastering lessons.

    Would love to see a video on the thing that I have yet to really “get” about mastering, which is making everything sound like it goes together without making any individual tracks sound unnatural by squashing them too much etc.

    Reply
  10. Max Velazquez

    Wow, you never cease to amaze me. Your ears are golden dude. I didn’t really notice some of the things you corrected until you pointed them out. anyway what did you mean by “It’s hard to mix in isolation”?

    Reply
    • Graham

      It’s hard when focusing on one mix, to have perspective. It’s only when playing that mix against another mix that you sometimes notice things out of place.

      Reply
  11. Private

    Hello Graham.

    Somehwere i read, when i perform the frequency-sweep and i have those high-resonating ‘bleeping’ sounds, like in your video at 04:30 min,
    i need to cut those frequencies out with a tight Q setting and add them with an enhancer later.

    That never gave me the desired result. So is it necessary to be that picky
    to cut every bleeping frequency or is it better to leave the mix as it is ?

    Reply
    • Graham

      Just take out what annoys you or hurts the mix. If you’re fine with it, leave it in.

      Reply

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