Today I want to clear up some confusion about mastering, and how it’s different from mixing. Seemingly every time I show a tutorial about using plugins on my mix buss I tend to get the same two questions from some viewers: “Shouldn’t you save that kind of mix buss processing for the mastering phase?” and… Read more »
To mix or master in isolation, without referencing a professional track is both foolish and arrogant. I learned this the hard way over the years, and have since fallen in love with what I think is one of the most helpful mixing hacks on the planet. Today I want to show you the “magic” of… Read more »
There seems to be a growing debate about how far a mixing engineer should take a track before handing it off to be mastered. Many of you have voiced concern about how much processing (specifically on the mix buss) is OK and how much should you leave for the mastering phase. I think much of… Read more »
One of the most helpful things you can do in your home studio is get your speakers setup to their full potential. The first question you have to ask is are your speakers where they belong. There are some simple things you can do to instantly reduce unbalanced reflections and unnecessary bass build up. But… Read more »
The other day I received an email from TRR reader, Sam. He asked if mixing on studio monitors was pointless, seeing as how most people aren’t ever going to listen to your mixes on nice studio monitors, but rather consumer headphones, laptop speakers, care stereos, and mobile phones. Shouldn’t we just mix for the worst… Read more »
Probably the most obvious desire in a mastering session is to get your mix nice and loud. But how to we get more volume out of our mix? The answer is a limiting. How loud is loud enough? The answer is, it depends. We don’t want to crush our mix, but we do want it… Read more »
Compression is one of the coolest tools you can use in mastering to help bring punch and energy to your mix. Last week we looked at using an EQ to balance out the mix a bit more, and today I want to enhance that track even more with a touch of compression.
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… Read more »