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Mastering

Are You Listening? | Ep. 7 | How to Master Audio: Your Questions, Answered

Are You Listening? | Ep. 7 | How to Master Audio: Your Questions, Answered

What should the order of the modules be in Ozone?The first module should be an equaliser to correct any tonal balance issues before dynamics processing. Then some kind dynamics processing, be it a single, multi-band or dynamic EQ. Another EQ could be next, for enhancements and broad changes. The

Matthew Vere
Matthew Vere
Mastering
Are You Listening? Ep. 6 | EQ in Mastering

Are You Listening? Ep. 6 | EQ in Mastering

Why Use EQ?EQ was invented for treating the high-frequency roll-off on phone lines, due to impedance, around 100 years ago. EQ = Restoring Balance/Correction Rather than thinking you have to make a mix sound great, perhaps it's just about revealing what's great about it. Why Visualisations MatterVisualisations are essential

Matthew Vere
Matthew Vere
Mastering
Are You Listening? Ep. 5 | Limiting in Mastering (Part 2)

Are You Listening? Ep. 5 | Limiting in Mastering (Part 2)

You should perform the initial level setting of a limiter on the hottest section of your track as this is where the project and limiters interactions will be most significant. Levels to aim for: -14 dB LUFS (momentary) average across a track, a -9 dB LUFS peak is a sensible

Matthew Vere
Matthew Vere
Mastering
Are You Listening? Ep. 4 | Limiting in Mastering (Part 1)

Are You Listening? Ep. 4 | Limiting in Mastering (Part 1)

Always compare the differences made to a track with the levels matched, I.E., eliminating the variable that is playback level. Otherwise, the increase in level will fool your ears into thinking something sounds better when it's just louder. We're addressing the peak level with a limiter, rather than the

Matthew Vere
Matthew Vere
Mastering
Are You Listening? | Mixing Meets Mastering (Sylvia Massy & Jonathan Wyner)

Are You Listening? | Mixing Meets Mastering (Sylvia Massy & Jonathan Wyner)

Sylvia Massy learned how to mix by comparing her work to the tracks she heard on the radio and A/B'ing between the two to reveal the differences. Uses a mix template and A/B's to check what each component is doing and if it needs adjusting. Mixes channels into

Matthew Vere
Matthew Vere
Mixing
Are You Listening? Ep. 3 | Compression in Mastering

Are You Listening? Ep. 3 | Compression in Mastering

When you hear compression you often hear the absence, rather than the presence of something. The best gain control is performed using a fader; there's no artefacts or colour, it's the highest fidelity option. Compressors Vs LimitersCompressors allow you to work with longer time frames; Limiters are a safety net

Matthew Vere
Matthew Vere
Mastering
Are You Listening? Ep. 2 | Your Listening Environment

Are You Listening? Ep. 2 | Your Listening Environment

Using Headphones in MasteringHeadphones prevent crossfeed (left speaker to the right ear and vice versa). There are plugins and software that help to simulate crossfeed. It is best to use speakers, but headphones are acceptable when you need to perform detailed listening. Mixing only on headphones heightens the chance of

Matthew Vere
Matthew Vere
Mastering
Are You Listening? Ep.1 | Audio Mastering Basics

Are You Listening? Ep.1 | Audio Mastering Basics

What is Mastering?Ultimately in mastering you're trying to make decisions about whether to change something. Mastering is zooming out, recognising the forest instead of the trees. It's making the final changes to a track, ensuring that it's ready to go out into the world and that the listeners will

Matthew Vere
Matthew Vere
Mastering