Category: Pre-Mastering

Mixing is the process of combining finished recordings together into a song. It often requires very in-depth, specific look into adjusting levels, EQ, and editing to get the best possible sounds before a song is ready to be mastered. Not every problem with a mix can be fixed during mastering, and these tips should help provide a solid starting point for your mastering engineer.

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

  Which is Better – AAC or MP3? 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 […]

Mastering for Streaming: Platform Loudness and Normalization Explained

  Quick Answer 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 for Streaming: Platform Loudness and Normalization […]

Mastering Music for Film and Video

  Quick Answer 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 Music for Film and Video will vary based on the type of visual media being created, and the means of distribution. Mastering Music for Film […]

Mastering for Funk Music

  Quick Answer 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. Mastering for Funk Music When funk music first arrived […]

What is Automated Mastering Software?

  Quick Answer 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. What is Automated Mastering […]

Professional Recording in a Home Studio

  Quick Answer 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.  To start, ensure your room is sound-proofed. Professional Recording in a Home Studio […]

Mastering Dialogue for Podcasts

  Quick Answer 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 Dialogue for Podcasts […]

Mastering for Dance Music

  Quick Answer 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. Mastering for Dance Music in Detail Dance […]

Top 10 Mastering Myths

  10. All Mastering Engineers Know how to Master All Genres 9. Digital is Better than Analog, or Analog is Better than Digital 8. You Should Never Make a Master Loud 7. You Don’t Need Mastering, Just Use a Limiter 6. A.I. Mastering Has Replaced Traditional Mastering 5. One Master Will Work for all Music […]

10 Tips to Create Better Masters

  Know what Medium You’re Mastering For Become 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 the Clipping Distortion Match the Loudness […]