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Questions tagged [mastering]

Questions regarding the final stage of audio post production. Mastering refers to the process of taking the final mix of a song and processing it for the master data storage device from which all copies will be made.

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How do I use Adobe Audition for Spatial Audio Mixing?

I am looking for the best workflow to mixing/mastering bunch of wav files in an ambisonics file which has 4 channels(W,X,Y and Z). Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Should I start mixing my first ever produced track?

I've started learning Ableton Live about a week ago. Now I've created one track, and I actually do like it already as it is, but I see some problems like sound goes too high in few places. As I ...
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Logic Pro X / Mastering / Volume / Soundcloud

Ok hope someone can help. I listen to other peoples mixes / masters and the sound levels are all nice and loud, I do my own and they are nowhere near loud enough. I have tried all sorts, compressors, ...
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Project not bouncing to MP3 because of Master Track in Channel Strip List

I accidentally inserted a Master track into my list of Channel Strips (I'm new, not sure what that does, but I can't get rid of it). I just want to bounce my project to MP3 but it seems like nothing ...
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Song mix sounds differently in computer and mobile phone

I am mixing a song. Normally, I am happy with the mix when I listen to it on my computer but the mix changes when I listen to it on my mobile phone (on SoundCloud or Dropbox). When I listen to the ...
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How to crossfade between more tracks in Ableton Live?

I decided to pursue Ableton Live as opposed to the traditional Traktor / Pioneer CDJ standard, and I've been trying to find optimal ways of DJing and mixing songs, loops, and live drums. I hit a road ...
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How should hard hitting music like EDM be mastered?

I'm in the process of mixing and finishing a hard EDM track. It has a lot of bass and highs and it's transients are really hard and tight. I've come across this article which talks about LUFS and how ...
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What is it about the narration that bother me in this track

In this, the narration seems ... something... I don't like the boominess or something? Is that overly compressed? (good example starting at 11:00) I'm trying to understand these types of things so in ...
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How to blend vocals into music using Adobe Audition

Ever since I've started editing my vocals/music, I've used Adobe Audition. Something that I've never fully understood, was to properly mix the vocals so that it blends in with the music (so the music ...
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Learning sound engineering, mixing and mastering, the hard way

Well, I have read tons of stuff about sound engineering, specifically mixing and mastering on the internet. Since I mix and master my songs in my DAW, while I'm mixing sometimes I face bunch of knobs ...
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My songs/beats never sound right and sound muffled in the car

So I make beats and stuff and when comparing mines to others it just never sounds right. Mines sound muffled and not wide enough( like if you listen closely to a pro song with headphones, you can hear ...
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How to make tracks louder in Logic Pro X? [duplicate]

Every time I bounce my tracks, they come out very quiet.
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What is the difference between staged limitting and normal limitting?

i was checking some mastering document and i saw something about staged limitting. What is its benefit ? Is that better than normal limitting techniques ?
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Can compressed music files be adequately recovered by remastering?

I have some rare old music files on my drive that are compressed to 128 kbps in the mp3 format. Some of them are of digital origin, and some of them are vinyl rips. Audio data compression affects ...
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Amplitude Too Low?

I record via USB with a Mackie ProFx16 with Cubase. You can listen if you like: https://soundcloud.com/dacsaunders Now it sounds like the level is too low, is that because I didn't master it? Or ...
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What are important considerations when mixing and mastering a track for vinyl distribution?

Music on vinyl frequently has a different sound characteristic than music released in digital formats. This is mainly because the unique characteristics of vinyl. But from what I've heard, the vinyl ...
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Why would different releases of the same song sometimes be out-of-sync?

You can have a song that was released on an artist album, and the same song released as a single (I'm talking about CDs in this example). These different versions of the same song can differ in ...
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“diagonal clipping” in recent pop music productions?

Thanks to the loudness war, most modern music productions suffer from bad audio quality, distortion and clipping. However, recently I noticed that some audio productions suffer from something I would ...
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is there a common low-end level for a song?

I am currently mastering a song in iZotope Ozone 6. Both in Ozone's EQ and Multi-band Compressor, if I boost up the low frequency it sounds muddy, but it sounds soft if I bypass it. Is there any "...
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Why does my sound so dull?

I use beyerdynamics dt770 to mix. I heard someone say that there was a problem with my EQing. When I eq what I do is, I sweep for sounds that make the audio in question seem too resonant, like boxy ...
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Headphones for film recording and mastering (music)

I need to buy a new headphone for film recording, but a good reference for editing and mastering music too. I have always used Beyer Dynamic DT100, very strong and closed, ideal for live recording, ...
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Grand Audio Engineering/Mixing and Mastering Course? [duplicate]

Does anyone know courses or playlist(s) that shows how to get into the world of mixing, mastering and recording in a progressive manner? I'm a complete newbie and would like to learn but I don't know ...
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What is special about remastering (compared to regular mastering)?

What are the typical circumstances and steps involved in remastering? I'm thinking about things such as origin of program material, types of processing and perhaps things that are special in ...
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Mastering for Android

i'm a sound designer and composer for mobile games, especially casual games for android/ios. i still have to learn a lot about mixing and mastering, but when it comes to mastering for an android game, ...
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Skills for mastering old music

There is a new store in town that sells old music (1910s and onward), and while I find it enjoyable, the quality is generally poor. I have long wanted to learn how to work with audio, and this is ...
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How to master a song? [closed]

What should I do when I have finished mixing a song and I want to master it? I don't have any processors on Master strip. I know that multiband compressors and limiters are usually used. I would like ...
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How to use multiband compressor in Mixing and Mastering?

I try to use Ozone-5 Multiband Compressor, but it looks very confused to me. I really want to know what is the purpose of doing Mutiband compression and How do you usually use it.
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Why some people high pass and low pass in final mixing? And why some don't?

I am very new at mixing stuff. Some tutorials show that they high pass about 30 hz the final mixing, but some don't do that. My question is - Is it good to high pass and low pass the final mixing? ...
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Mix sounds terrible in PC, while it actually sounded good with headphones in other devices

I'm using reference headphones to mix my tracks, which I know isn't the best way and I'm sure monitors offer better results. My concern has to do with something else though. I don't have decent and ...
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Getting a sub bass and a 808 kick to play well together?

I've tried various techniques, like scooping out space for the kick drum out of the bass range in the EQ, but I end up with a weak kick drum! I tried side-chaining the bass to the kick, so when the ...
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Ableton Mastering: Is It Recommended That I Use Maximizers/Limiters Before Everything Else?

I recently asked a question regarding increasing the loudness of my mix, and after receiving a lot of helpul tips + knowledge, I am now curious as to wether or not I should be using my Maximizers/...
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Tips for Mastering my Track in Ableton Live

I am a drum and bass (Jump Up) producer using ableton, I have been producing for about 8 months now and I would say I have proggressed really well with it. I have got to the stage with it where i am ...
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How can I blend a voice recording more in with an instrumental track in Adobe Audition?

Recently I started to record some friends singing to instrumental tracks in Adobe Audition. While the quality of both the recordings (made with Auna MIC-900S + Popkiller) and the instrumental tracks ...
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Why signal is overloaded when I use a low cut filter?

I have a stereo mix file at about 0 dbfs. When I put a high pass filter and cut below 30Hz it boost the signal +3db up. Is this normal? I tested it with different filters (plug ins only) and I had the ...
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Mastering : 41000Hz or 96000Hz?

Which sample rate should be used when exporting mastered audio? Example : I want to export my mastered electro track.
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What are the correct audio levels for Voice and Music in a web promo video?

I'm editing a promo video that will appear on the web (specifically, PledgeMusic) and I'm curious what is the current best practice for the correct audio levels (base -dB) for: Music (when no other ...
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FLAC mastering best practices

A musician friend, who is producing his own album, asked for advice about how best to master the FLAC edition of the album. It will be distributed as a physical CD, as MP3 files, and as FLAC files. ...
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What's the standard RMS and peak level for ringtones?

Could you tell me what is the correct standard rms or lufs level and peak level for ringtones? Is there anything else relative with the making of a ringtone as a product that I should take into ...
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What concerns are there when converting 24bit 48khz to 16bit-44.1khz (CD quality)?

My band is working with a somewhat pricey mastering engineer and we are wanting to keep the price down. For a price we're comfortable with, he will either provide us with hi-res masters (24bit, 48khz -...
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Bassline Not Audible on Laptop Speakers

I produce EDM (Electronic Dance Music), mainly house. I have this problem with basslines. On my studio monitors, and my headphones, the bass sounds punchy in the mix. I can get it to the point where ...
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Figuring out EQ for sounds

Looking for some guidance on EQ strategies for making sounds more professional. I know this is a very general question and maybe this falls more into mastering, but when I hear sounds in libraries or ...
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'Why' and 'When' should audio encoder's/decoder's be used?

I got a lot of questions in my head in addition to what's mentioned in the title. Here's all of them, take your time answering :D I'm aware that it doesn't alter the quality of the song/track in any ...
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Setting volume level of mix

From what level of decibels should I start to set the volume of tracks in the mix? I've heard that usually it starts at -6dB on a kick and match the rest of track's volume to that kick ... Is it ...
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Reference movies for mastering

What reference movie do you have for mastering? I'm more concerned with dynamic range and loudness. Which movies have the best of both worlds? I think the last Superman movie was too loud, I didn't ...
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My instruments sound muffled on consumer gear and radio, even though it sounds okay in the studio? What can I do to fix it and why is it like this?

I have been working on my new single but I feel like it could have a brighter more professional finish. To me, it sounds like there is a problem with the dynamics. The drums and the brass sections ...
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Where can I find good before and after sound samples for learning eq, compression, mixing?

Where can I find good before and after sound samples for learning eqing, compression, mixing or even mastering? Would be great if there are detailed explanations to each mixing action.
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Mastering Levels for Interactive Audio

Hi game audio professionals, I'd love to get your opinions on this. When rendering final mixes for game audio, how loud do you mix? Let's take an example of an iPad game that includes a street ...
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Advice on Mixing and Mastering levels - Peaking/distortion when playing through DVD players? (non PC)

Hi all! I have a question relating to the mixing and mastering levels of a film's audio soundtrack and problems I have since noticed after a project have been completed. I have been freelancing in ...
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What are the steps/phases of a CD/Album production

What are the steps/phases of a CD/Album production? From the moment of recording to when it's out?
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Client asking for AES Channels 1 & 2 render

Hello, I've rendered audio content for radio and TV/commercials before, but rendering out a simple wav or mp3 has always been sufficient; as long as the ceiling was set to the appropriate level. ...