by Claudio

Jul 01, 2016

What is Mastering? How is it done? On episode 8 of our podcast we explain all about it: corrective EQ, compression, enhancement, saturation, limiting, loudness, M+S techniques, iTunes compatibility.

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In Episode 8 you will learn about:
– What is mastering.
– Correcting problems before enhancing.
– Choosing the right compressor.
– Widening the stereo image.
– Reinforcing the low end.
– Convey character and texture.
– Choosing the right limiter.
– Preserving and improving transient information.

On this episode we mention the following gear:

– Thermionic Culture Fat Bustard
– Izotope 7 plug-in
– Thermionic Culture Phoenix Mastering Compressor
– Tube-Tech SMC 2B Multi-band Compressor

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Episode Summary:

00:00 – Introduction
00:17 – What is Mastering
01:04 – Mastering steps
02:45 – Texture and saturation
04:19 – Mastering Compression
11:50 – Correcting and Enhancing with EQ
17:13 – Why Limiting
19:40 – Treating Transients
22:50 – Multi-band compression
25:45 – A typical mastering chain
26:45 – Enhancing the stereo field
30:05 – Mastered for iTunes explained
32:00 – Q&A

32:07 – Q1 What is the oversampling parameter on mastering limiters (2x, 4x, etc)?
33:30 – Q2 What is the difference between mixing and mastering?
33:52 – Q3 What are good practices for preparing mixes to be sent for mastering?
38:25 – Q4 For mastering is it better to use just one track, or to go for stem mastering?
40:15 – Q5 Is it ok to use non mastering plugins for Mastering?



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