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.

1 Trick To Make Your Reverb Pop

Most engineers know how to set up a reverb send.  Few know how to process that reverb for specific, and often useful effects. Here, you’ll learn how to use your compressor, to affect your reverb, and make it pop.   There are multiple ways of compressing your reverb send, each technique resulting in unique and […]

Top 5 Affordable Stereo Imagers

Stereo recording was invented in the 1930’s. Nearly 90 years later, many of us still don’t know how to create a balanced stereo image.  Although the problem may arise from inadequate mix techniques, another explanation is our dependence on one tool – level based panning. Fortunately for the modern mixing engineer, new plugins sporting innovative […]

Make Your Acoustic Guitar Larger Than Life

Hey friend, welcome back to another Sage Audio video.  Today I’ll be showing you, how to make your acoustic guitar track larger than life with just one simple step.  A lot of singer songwriters, and engineers alike struggle with creating a detailed and impressive acoustic guitar sound, especially when using only one microphone.  Now due […]

2 Things You Need To Do Before Compressing

Hey friend, welcome to another Sage Audio video.  In this video I’ll be telling you two things you need to do, before you use compression. These are two things you should do to almost every instrument and vocal track, and is something that will definitely contribute to the overall quality of your mix.  In addition […]

Add Instant Character to Any Home Recording

Hey friend, thank you for watching another Sage Audio video.  In this video I’ll be showing you how to get the analog distortion you need to create recordings with character.  Often times recordings sound good, but lack a certain defining characteristic that make them memorable or distinguishable from other recordings.  But today I’ll show you […]

Clip Gain & Automation: 3 Differences You Need to Know

Hey friend, welcome back to another Sage Audio video. In this video we’ll begin discussing clip gain and automation, and the 3 main differences between the two.  Often times, these two processes are seen as one in the same and are used interchangeably, but due to some crucial details, they serve entirely different purposes when […]

How to Create a Linear Phase Deesser

Hey friend, thank you for watching another Sage Audio video.  Today I’m going to be showing you something a bit different – today you’re going to learn how to create a linear phase de-esser, which is something that currently doesn’t exist as a plugin, it’s not something you can buy.  It is however, something you […]

This One Test Can Change How You Mix Audio

Hey friend, welcome back to another Sage Audio video.  Today were going to be discussing a topic that has major implications for mixing, mastering, and especially tracking – but what we’ll be primarily focusing on, is something called a Null test.  This test will help you to determine when two tracks are completely identical to […]

1 Technique to Clean Up Your Stereo Image

Hey friend, welcome to another Sage Audio video – today I’m going to show you 1 really simple, incredibly effective technique to clean up your stereo image using mid-side processing. For those of you who are unfamiliar with mid-side processing, it’s essentially splitting your track not into left and right signals, like a regular stereo […]

How to Use a Compressor Like an EQ

In this video I’m going to be discussing how to use a compressor, not just to compress, but to equalize your recording.  So, essentially I’ll be showing you how to turn the act of compressing audio, into a way that shapes the sound of your recordings, similar to how an equalizer shapes the sound of […]