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    Default Mastering Tracks?

    just like the title says, i want to know how to "master" a for being so noob..

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    Mastering is widely misunderstood and sometimes mistaken for mixing. So, what is mastering? It's the audio step that comes just before manufacturing a CD. Some people would even say it's a crucial step.
    Once you have finished recording and mixing your songs, the tracks are shaped, sculpted, scooped, equalized, compressed, and finessed into sonic splendor (well, you hope) through the audio process known as mastering. Mastering is what gives depth, punch, clarity and volume to your tracks. It is part science, part craft, and part alchemy. . . just like songwriting, singing, performing and recording.

    Theres no exact way to master a track. You have to have the ear to be able to master your music. In almost every mastering session, the following actions are performed:

    Optimizing average and peak volume levels for proper relative loudness
    Signal processing - compression & EQ
    Arranging tracks in final sequence
    Timing of the space between tracks
    Establish a sonic "field" for all tracks
    Place track markers at head of all tracks
    Remove unwanted noise like clicks, pops, hiss
    Clean-up start and ending of each track (including fades)
    Insert Master Track Log – the PQ codes required for replication

    Hope this helps.

    -Kruse from Turn It Loud Productions


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    Default Re: Mastering Tracks?

    oh, so "mastering" is just like tuning up a track to make it sound better?

    but yea, alrite, i kinda understood that..Thanks TurnItOutLoud!

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    Default Re: Mastering Tracks?

    Good Question. Great answer! You broke it down so anyone could understand!

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    His explaination is really for albums etc. and compilations, mastering is ensuring that everything tops out at 0db as loud as possible without clipping the master fader. In the digital world of music (today). You would get a good average mix with the master fader at around -3db and use a mastering limiter on the master fader, this is normally a brickwall compressor, the louder you cram audio into this limiter the more compressed the sound gets so try to mix at a reasonably low level working from the lowest frequencies (kick, 808,) to the highest (hihats,crashes etc.) with the drums mixed first and the instruments latter on. normally theres a preset for the type of master you want and from there I just adjust whatever pokes out of the mix. As soon as you add the limiter you will notice that the master will not clip even when the vu is reading 0db there will be no clip indication.


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