Category: Pre-Mastering

AAC or MP3 - What’s the Best Lossy File Type?

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At the same bit rate, we found that the MP3 file format resulted in less deleted signal especially when exported with a joint-stereo setting. Additionally, MP3’s are typically more accessible and supported by devices and operating systems, making it an easier and more reliable to format to share.

Mastering for Streaming: Platform Loudness and Normalization Explained

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Mastering for streaming services has changed how we prepare masters for distribution. The process of loudness normalization ultimately alters the loudness of a streamed track, varies from platform to platform, and needs to be kept in mind when preparing a master for various streaming services.

Mastering Music for Film and Video

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Mastering Music for Film and Video is the process of preparing musical recordings for distribution through visual media like movies, television shows, and video blog posts.

Mastering for Funk Music

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Mastering for Funk Music is the process of preparing a funk album for distribution by using various forms of acutely implemented audio processing. When a Funk mix has been mastered, it sounds impressive, dynamic, and balanced enough to playback on any consumer-grade equipment.

What is Automated Mastering Software?

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Automated Mastering Software is in short, a computer program that uses algorithms to create a master of your music, ready for distribution. Automated Mastering Software is the foundation of any automated mastering service, and can be accessed online, usually for a small fee or a monthly subscription charge.

Professional Recording in a Home Studio

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Creating a professional recording in a home studio comes down to setting up the room correctly, using the best introductory equipment, recording your signal to the proper level (at least -18dB), and recording your instruments in the correct order.

Mastering Dialogue for Podcasts

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Mastering dialogue for podcasts is the process of preparing your dialogue for digital distribution via various streaming services. How you master dialogue for podcasts depends on the streaming service to which you’re distributing, and the volume of the mastered dialogue will range from -20 LUFS to -16 LUFS.

Mastering for Dance Music

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Mastering for Dance Music is a process that prepares dance music for distribution while making it pronounced and detailed enough to be enjoyed on consumer-grade equipment. If performed correctly, mastering for dance music often includes louder levels that still retain transient detail and dynamic impact.

Top 10 Mastering Myths

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10. All Mastering Engineers Know how to Master All Genres 9. Digital is Better than Analog, or Analog is Better than Digital

10 Tips to Create Better Masters

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cf_description Know what Medium You’re Mastering ForBecome Familiar with the Genre You’re Mastering. Start Your Signal Chain with Subtractive Equalization. Do Not Add any Processing without Knowing What it Is. Use Plugin Automation to Create a More Dynamic Master. Low-Level Compression Creates the Sound of Heavy Limiting Without Clipping Distortion. Match the Loudness of Vocals When Mastering Multiple Tracks. Split Limiting Across Two Limiters Instead of One. Set the Output of Your Limiter to -0.5. Reference Consumer-Grade Earbuds When Mastering