Category: Mastering

Mastering is the final step in the process of producing audio before the song is ready for duplication and distribution. Mastering requires that a song be looked at from an artistic as well as a scientific point of view. Editing can be applied which helps eliminate unwanted sounds such as clicks, hisses, and hums. Also adjusting equalization, compression, limiting, and volume can help shape the overall dynamics and quality of a song. The correct design of the mastering room is a crucial factor for engineers to hear precise details of each song. The experience of an engineer is also a key part of getting the best results because they offer the expertise and knowledge that can only come from years of practice. Learning about how to prepare your song for mastering is a great way to really help the engineer really get the most out of your music. Pre-mastering tips and tricks are a vital necessity for a musician's success. There are numerous online social media outlets, live shows, festivals, tours, that once you're a part of, mastering is a must. Once the music is at a professional level and reaches its full potential, you will be ready to proudly share your music with the world.

Preparing a Mix for Stem Mastering

After a mix engineer completes a mix, it is good practice that the mix is sent to a mastering engineer. Most often the mastering engineer performs stereo mastering and works on a single stereo file to prepare a well-polished track ready for commercial distribution. However, many mix engineers don’t realize that there is another option […]

What are Mechanical Royalties?

The simple understanding of Mechanical Royalties are royalties that are paid to a songwriter whenever a copy of their song is made.  As with many avenues in the music industry, it’s always a little more complicated then it can seem.  So, we’ve tried to simply it here.

ISRC Codes Explained

In order to provide a international documented record of your song when it’s publicly released, you will need an ISRC code. It can be hard to get clear information on what these codes do and where best to get them. Here’s an overview of ISRC code’s and the steps you can take to obtain them.

5 Great Ribbon Mics Pt. 1

Getting a killer mix and master starts with a great recording. Using the right mic plays a big role in getting that recording. Ribbon mics are great for their smooth tones and warm mid-range. Here are some top models worth investing in.

What is Dithering?

Occasionally, with digital music, you’ll find unwanted distortion in your mix after changing the bit depth of your track. This is an effect called quantization distortion. The way to fix this is to apply dithering when you process your music from one bit depth to another. Here’s how dithering works…

Panning Tips

One of the best ways to add space to your mix is by utilizing panning to its fullest potential. A mix that has a well-crafted stereo image will sound far more interesting and engaging. Unfortunately, panning doesn’t get quite as much focus as EQ and compression in many mixing and mastering resources. So, here are some general tips for panning that can help you get started with building a solid stereo image.

The Real World Mastering Test

The hallmark of a great master is that it sounds consistently good across multiple platforms. This is why a good pair of monitors, with a neutral response is so important. However, sometimes even a great pair of monitors can’t tell you how your mix will sound in the real world, where various and devices and speaker sizes are used. That’s why this mastering test is used by MTSU’s prestigious Recording Industry program to evaluate student work…

EQ Before Reverb

Understanding the importance of signal flow is essential to digital music production. When you’re mixing and mastering, the order of your processing will have a significant effect on the sound of your project. Because of this, it’s usually best to place your reverb after your EQ in the plugin chain.

Mixing Through Cassette

Some indie producers have rediscovered cassette as a medium for adding analog color into their mix. While this is, for the most part, not the best way to add warmth to digital recordings, there are some cool effects that can be had by incorporating an cassette deck insert into your workflow.

Four Reasons for HD Mastering

HD music formats are gaining popularity thanks to more affordable high-end DACs and cheaper hard drive storage space. Mastering your music in an high-fidelity format enables you to put it on SACD, Blu-ray and digital download. It sounds better and enables you to sell your recordings at a higher profit margin. Check out these four reasons why you should consider mastering your music in HD…