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What Is Mastering?

Mastering is the final step of audio post-production. The purpose of Mastering is to balance sonic elements of a stereo mix and optimize playback across all systems and media formats. Traditionally, Mastering is done using tools like equalization, compression, limiting and stereo enhancement. It is the final set of tweaks before music is released. What Is The Difference Between Mixing & Mastering? If you're not a mixing or mastering engineer, you may wonder how the two processes differ. Th...

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Mastering Tools Explained

The Mastering process uses a suite of sound engineering tools to help you get the most from your tracks. These tools include: Equalizer Compressor Stereo Enhancement Loudness Control Maztr's versions of these tools can be found in our Advanced Interface and are explained in detail below. Of course, if you only want a quick and easy solution for mastering your tracks, you can try our Simple Interface which automates many of these processes using presets and advanced algorithms to do the ...

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How To Prepare Tracks for Mastering

So you've spent a ton of time writing and recording a song and you love how it sounds. There's just one final step standing in between the recording in a folder on your computer and sharing your music with the world - mastering. In order to ensure the best possible sound from your final master, it's important that you submit tracks for mastering that have the right levels and, above all, a great mix. Here are a few tips to help you get the best possible mix to submit for mastering. The Short Ve...

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5 Tips for Cleaning Up Boomy Sounding Mixes

One of the most common struggles for home producers is getting your mix to sound clear instead of having a lot of "boomy" low end. This is usually due to poor monitoring and/or an untreated room, but can leave you feeling like you don't have the chops to get a great sounding recording from your home studio. There's a lot to be said for having a well treated room, great monitors and a subwoofer, but that can get really expensive. The good news is there are a few things you can do to clean up your...

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Building A Home Recording Studio For Under $1000

So you've decided to start recording at home and want to build your own studio? You'll discover quickly that there are a plethora of options that span quality and price for every aspect of your new studio. If you're reading this article, chances are you're on a budget and can't afford to drop $100,000+ on treating your room and purchasing the top of the line professional studio gear. The good news is that all of that stuff wouldn't really do you any good anyways unless you really know your way a...

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Tips To Get More From Your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)

These tips are not specific to any particular DAW. The methods and processes will vary from DAW to DAW but the concepts are universal. NEED HELP CHOOSING A DAW? Click here to try a FREE DAW or click here to check out our favorite DAWs. Use keyboard shortcuts Writing, recording, and mixing music can be very time consuming. Moving around your DAW more efficiently can make the whole process easier. For example, use the keyboard shortcut to jump from bar to bar or marker to marker. Using b...

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Choosing a Vocal Mic for your Home Studio

Choosing the right microphone for your home studio can be a daunting task - especially when you're on a budget. Should you buy a condensor or a dynamic? What brand? What model? Ultimately the goal is to get the best vocal sound you can in the space you have, so depending on your room treatment (if any), the style of  music you record and the sound you're going for, your choice will be unique to your needs. No matter what kind of mic is your favorite, you're bound to have situations where a ...

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Reference : Identifying Frequencies In Your Recording

Identifying the proper frequencies of the instruments in your mix can help you create more width and clarity in your final mixdown. Unfortunately, finding the pesky frequncies that make you cringe can be somewhat of a guessing game if you don't have the frequency ranges of all of your instruments memorized. So we've put together a reference guide you can use when mixing to help you get the best sound out of each and every one of your mixes. Although every recording will be different dependi...

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Top 50 Best Audio Mastering Tips

General Mastering Tips Check the track start. Make sure there are no unwanted pauses or noises before the music begins, but avoid trimming the track so tightly that every breath or sound before the music starts is cut away. Generally, the music waveform should start 50 - 500 ms after the beginning of the sample. This start is usually shorter for pop/rock and longer for classic tracks. Check the track end. Make sure it isn't cut too early, especially if there's some ambience or delay at the e...

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Our Favorite DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations)

Although there are other options, digital recording is the easiest and most cost effective way to get started producing music in a home studio. This means you're going to need recording software, otherwise known as a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). There are many different DAWs available for different purposes, with a huge community of home studio owners keen to help you get started and learn how to achieve the results you're looking for. We're not going to try to tell you which is the best DA...

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Top Tips To Promote Your Music

When starting out as a musician, promoting yourself or your band can seem a daunting prospect. To help you get started, we've listed here some of the best promotional methods which are likely to give you great results. Build a web site Building an online presence should be your first priority. If you set up an official web site, it's easier for your audience to find you and keep up to date with your music. You can build a web site yourself using a platform such as Wix or Bandzoogle, or you ca...

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Top 40 Music Books

You often hear about "Top 40" music, but have you thought about "Top 40" music books? We asked some of our musicians and engineers to nominate their favorite books about music and musicians. Some titles are a bit eclectic, but here's the Top 40 List they came up with, in no particular order. They are designed to be downloaded and read instantly using any of the following devices: DESKTOP eREADERS IOS ANDROID TABLETS Why We Love Music - Dr John Powell Why does music affect you so p...

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Application Of Sound Post-Production In Different Entertainment Fields

Understanding Audio Post-production Sound Post-Production is the audio foundation for a visual project like a film, tv program, or web clip. After recording, sound post-production is one of the last steps in the process, and it typically happens after picture editing. Both audio processing phases related to the sound created and synchronized with moving pictures are referred to as audio post-production. Audio design, sound effects, Foley, ADR, sound processing, audio mixing, and so on are all p...

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The Importance Of Mastering And Mixing In Audio Post-Production

What is Sound Post-Production? Audio post-production is time-consuming, labor-intensive, and tedious for those who are inexperienced. However, it has proven its worth in the industry, particularly in publishing. Some of its components are mixing and mastering, which are widely used in music-processing in the audio engineering field. The Borderline Between Mastering and Mixing People often misunderstand the concept of mixing and mastering, as this two uses similar techniques; however, a separa...

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Becoming Familiar With Audio Mastering

Music has contributed to our lives and affects us in different kinds of ways. It has been with us sharing and vibing with our emotions in happiness or sadness, celebrating or grieving, falling in love, or falling apart, inspiring and motivating us. Having a passion for creating music is spectacular, and wanting it to release to the world requires mastering. Luckily, hiring a mastering engineer is not the only option anymore to acquire pro-level music, which may cause you a fortune and may consum...

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Mastering Your Music

With the rise of social media, streaming music and finding hidden gems became easier. Aspiring musicians can now create and upload their tracks and conveniently publish them. At the same time, listeners can like and recommend their favorite songs to other people who might enjoy the same groove. Different companies saw this opportunity, thus providing more outlets for artists to improve their music. As a result, several applications and software for creating and editing music became on-demand. S...

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More Top Audio Mastering Tips

Audio mastering has become essential in the music industry over the years. It has made the majority of the published soundtracks flawless and effective. In general, audio mastering improved the quality of the music the artists produce nowadays. However, most of the beginners are still in the process of harnessing knowledge regarding such a matter. Thus, reading these audio mastering tips is essential and will assist you in making better music reproduction. Optimize a User-Friendly Studio Creat...

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