A Quick Thought On Mastering.

Not everything you do needs to be sent to a Mastering Engineer for a final polishing. There are those  times when you’ve done it properly from the get go.

But for those of you who need some clarification as to how to best prep your tracks for the final mastering job, here is an extremely rough guide.

  1. Record the tracks as usual, adding EQ and compression as you normally would. Pay careful attention not to push your track volumes too high or overly EQ or compress your tracks unless you are looking for something extreme (like a really squashed drum track).
  2. I like to add EQ and compression on my mastering chain, as well some spatial and sonic sweeteners. I find that this is really all I need to get a good overall level and sound for my songs. Yes, each tune has different dynamics and will sound a little different from tune to tune, but I don’t see that as a negative. Like I’ve said in other posts: IF EVERYTHING IS ONE LEVEL IT’S A BIT LIKE TYPING IN ALL CAPS ALL THE TIME. You get the picture?
  3. Should you require a final polishing, then you need to take your  tracks & export them as individual waves. These should then be  sent to a Mastering Engineer so that they  fit together sound-wise as an album, etc..

REMEMBER: There’s no need to master them twice. If you are happy with the overall level, EQ & compression you got from the plugs on your master chain, then leave the song alone.

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4 Responses to “A Quick Thought On Mastering.”

  1. i’m thinking of putting a analog stereo-compressor on the endbuss. What do you suggest (type of music is dance, rock, jazz)

  2. yep, but i want a real analog hardware one 🙂
    looking forward to check out the Thermionic Culture Phoenix and the Tfpro P38 . Wundering if putting some analog hardware on the end is give me some more sound

    • I would check out Chandlers’ recreations of the vintage EMI gear. That will definitely get you “that” sound, but it will also set you back several thousand dollars.

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