Category: Mastering

Advanced Vocal Mixing Equalization

  When mixing your vocal, you can use equalization in advanced ways – like using a side-chain dynamic EQ technique to separate your vocal and another instrument.  Or you can use modulation and saturation to alter the frequency response in either a dynamic or time-based way. Side-chained Dynamic EQ I’m not sure how many equalizers […]

Advanced Mixing Saturation

  When saturating your signal, keep in mind how the harmonic formation created by the saturator will impact the tone and timbre of the signal.  By knowing these different formations and how to achieve them, you can accomplish saturation that also equalizes, and even stereo expands your signal. Modulated Saturation Saturation is typically just a […]

Advanced Vocal Mixing Effects

  1. Pro R by FabFilter 2. Satin by u-he 3. Ozone Izotope Pro R by FabFilter In terms of flexibility, unique functionality, and overall quality of the sound, this is probably the best reverb plugin available at the moment.  By extension, this makes it one of if not the best vocal reverb plugins out […]

Advanced Mastering Compression

  When trying to achieve advanced compression during the mastering stage, try using upward and downward compression, splitting your stereo signal into separate left and right channels, or automating various functions of your compression.  Emulating analog equipment is also helpful, and can be done with separate compression and distortion plugins. Upward then Downward Compression One […]

How to Mix in FL Studio

  When mixing in FL Studio, after you import your stems or tracks, you’ll need to route each track to a distinct channel fader in the mixer.  Once you’ve done that you can begin by adding some of the useful stock plugins. They provide, like Maximus,  soundgoodizer, and more. Import, Route, Rename Since FL Studio […]

Vocal Masterclass

  When affecting your vocal, it’s best to start with equalization and understand what each frequency range is responsible for.  From there you can utilize compression, saturation, resonant frequency attenuation, reverb, modulation, and re-amping to better control the dynamics, overall quality, and tone of your vocal. The Frequencies of a Vocal A voice resides between […]

How to Make a Balanced Mix

  When making your mix more balanced, use a frequency and image analyzer to check if your mix is within a reasonable range.  Additionally, you can equalize your kick and bass’s fundamental frequencies, use various compression techniques, and equalize using reverb reflections to make your mix balanced. Use Frequency Analyzer as Guide Although we should […]

Limiter Masterclass

  When trying to understand limiters, know first and foremost that they are attenuators or compressors with an instant attack time and often include a brick-wall ceiling. The first few dB of attenuation is difficult to hear but after about 5dB of attenuation, small amounts of distortion will become noticeable. What Does a Limiter Do? […]

How to Make Fire Vocals

  If you’re trying to make fire vocals, use compression, balancing EQ, an air EQ, and temporal effects like reverb and delay to control, clarify, and thicken your vocal.  After your vocal is balanced and practical processing has been used, introduce advanced effects for a creative sound. Use 3 Types of Compression Let’s start out […]

Reverb Masterclass

  When using digital reverb there are 2 main types you’ll come across, Algorithmic and Convolution. Algorithmic is incredibly versatile and can emulate multiple classic types of reverb by using delay taps and filtering; convolution allows you to use any impulse response to define the characteristics of a space. Algorithmic Reverb Most of the delays […]