Category: Pre-Mastering Tips

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.

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 […]

Top 5 Free Vocal Tuning and Formant Plugins

  5. Voloco – Resonant Cavity 4. Pitch Proof – Aegean Music 3. Pitched Delay – LKJB 2. Grillion 2 – Auburn Sounds 1. MAutoPitch – MeldaProduction Audio Vocal tuning and formant processing have become an increasingly popular and widely used effect of the past couple of decades.  What was once considered a passing fad, […]

How Does Panning Affect Your Mix?

  Quick Answer Panning affects your mix by placing the energy of a signal within a different point or points in the 90 and 180-degree stereo field.  By using various forms of processing, a signal’s stereo field location can be altered, which can increase mix clarity, or evoke a more creative mix. How Does Panning […]

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 […]

Top 10 Free Mastering Plugins

  MSED – Voxengo ISOL8 – TBProAudio BL Waves – Blue Lab Konsol – Analog Obsession Frontier – D16 Audio Group Bittersweet – Flux Overtone GEQ – Voxengo HPL2 Processor – Acoustic Field Loudmax – Thomas Mundt dpMeter4 – TBProAudio Finding the right plugins for mastering isn’t always the easiest task.  There’s a lot of […]

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 5 Compression Techniques

  Kick and Bass Ducking Full Mix and Vocal Ducking Parallel Compression Serial Compression Smooth Timbre & Transient Timbre Compression Compression can be an incredibly useful effect – its uses span from the purely technical, to the creative. Knowing how to use a compressor to its fullest potential means knowing some of the less obvious […]