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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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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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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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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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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Post Production, How To Become Faster?

So I have been doing audio post production and master for a friend of mine for a few months now. He is starting to have a higher demand for videos and is sending more to work on. They are commentaries ...
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Techniques on Mastering

I'm interested in creating the most 'dynamically interesting' sound from music that I've produced on a computer, which includes vocal samples, bass, rhythm and instruments. At first I was happy with ...
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Is it wrong to use compression on the master bus?

I've read some pretty conflicting statements about what people should or shouldn't do when it comes to putting effects on the master bus. In general, what I always do is put on a compressor but have ...
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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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Audio Mastering Book Recommendations

I am in the initial stages of a recording project of my own and am interested in doing my own mastering work once it is finished. So, I am looking for books/reference materials on audio mastering as ...
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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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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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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. ...
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What's a really good book to get deep into sound design??

I'm looking for a book that can help me understand every detail on how to make sounds from scratch and not just manipulate presets. I've been producing music for the past 2 years and i've created some ...
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Getting the kick drum to really come out in the mix?

When I get done with a mix, no matter how much I work on the bass drum it barely comes out. I'm mainly working with metal bands, so I was wondering if anyone could give me pointers/ suggestions/ ...
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What is a good mastering chain to use in a DAW?

I realise that there is no one 'correct' answer to this (so maybe this can be marked community wiki), but as a hobbyist with a small home studio I would be interested to hear how others set up their ...
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Suggestions for mastering a sound FX library?

I want to put together a sound fx library which will have some processing. I'm wondering the best way to master the effects so they all have the same timbre and overall level. Is this typically done ...
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When you're mastering, does it matter whether you export your mixdown to a WAV/AIF file first?

In many mastering tutorials, I see that people have exported their mixdown as a WAV file and then re-opened it in their DAW (Ableton in my case). Are there benefits to doing this instead of just ...
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Final MIX - Movie Mastering Levels

Hello All! I understand that workflow in sound designing a movie usually ends up in 3 tracks; Dialogue, Sound Effects, and Music. I've been asked to level out a feature length movie which doesn't ...
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General advice about sound spatialization

I am composing music by layering various instruments of different types. Percussions, strings, lead, etc... Is there a generally-agreed "best" way of putting those instruments in the auditive space? (...
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How should you mix / master when producing music for Video Games?

Should anything be done differently when mixing and/or mastering for Video Game music, considering it will play along with various other game SFX? Should a certain range of frequencies (or multiple ...
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Learning how to create, record, mix, and master audio

I've been messing around with digital audio production for something like six years on and off, and it's been a beautiful frustrating experience. I know very little if any "textbook" information and ...
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Removing subsonic frequencies when mastering

In general (for music where lf are not important): To increase space for dynamic range in audible frequencies, is it a good idea to remove low frequencies when mastering? More specific: I am ...
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Best Voice track mastering software ?

Hi all Im running Protools HD on Mac and would like some feedback as to what in your opinion is the best voice mastering plug in for feature films. I have used Ozone 4 and their center voice preset ...
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Editing/Mastering workflow for a podcast

I'm creating a podcast with two voice tracks and some intro/outro music, and I'm trying to decide on a general workflow for editing and mastering. Specifically, I'm not sure if some of the effects ...
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Generating massive-sounding duplicated noises

I'm using SONAR 5 Producer (I know, it's old.) to record/mix/master my recording. What I'm looking to do is with certain sounds, I'd like to create the effect of having hundreds of instruments without ...
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Do you do any mastering to your film mixes?

I "grew up" under the wing of a Music Mixer, and got my start doing music related audio work, and I am very familiar in the mastering techniques for Music albums and the like. I am now working almost ...
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Loop Group - Caveats?

I've always been under the understanding that Loop Group is SAG/AFTRA jurisdiction, and since these actors make royalties, that any recorded group ADR cannot be custom-library-mastered (no licensing, ...
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sound optimization for web/online

hi, i've been wondering about this issue (sound optimization for web/online) for some time now... i completed sound design for two short films. the design work was mainly about creating space and ...
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In which situations is Audio Expansion applied (opposite of compressors)?

I've encountered from time to time some plugins that allows a threshold and a ratio to be set so that quieter sound can have an even more quieter level (or silenced altogether). Ableton Live actually ...
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How to achieve overcompressed sound?

How can I make a track sound like its over-compressed, like this one: http://mp3.juno.co.uk/MP3/SF1228842-02-01-02.mp3 ? (I'm using the izotope Ozone plugin inside a VST host)
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How to check a Master Audio CD for Errors?

Everyone who has dealt with audio production knows that quality of the whole bunch of future cds depends on quality of master cd. How can I check my master cd in order to be sure that there is no ...
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Help with mastering

I use Logic Pro. It seems like every song on the radio I hear sounds good everywhere. Headphones, ear buds, loud speakers etc. My music generally feels like it lacks dynamic range. As if a lot of the ...
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How to read and use a Phase / Vectorscope

I been using Izotope Ozone 4 for some time, but I'm still a bit intimidated by the Vectorscope in the stereo-imaging section. When Mastering / Mixing a signal... What "lissajous shape" are you ...
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How to widen a sound effects dynamics? Uncompression?

Hey guys, I have done a lot of sound design using some punches, body falls, kicks, etc. that were mashed and mastered and normalized and compressed and every-which-way processed. Does anyone have a ...
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What is Mastering?

Can anyone explain mastering? What is it for and why should anyone care? Should I have all of my recordings mastered?
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What does mastered mean on a commercial library?

All the libraries I have bought/seen advertised say mastered at 24/96. Is this meaning simply that the audio was cleaned up, metadata was added and its ready for drag and drop use? Or is there ...
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Steps to sound effects editing and mastering? Sounds you recorded.

So far what I do is Take the sound effect I recorded Drop it in pro tools Cut up The audio so I have pieces of sounds I will keep Then I name the sound Fade the sound on the back end Add a ...
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Mastering sound effects and impulse responses

Hi! I'm hoping to produce both an impulse response library and a sound effects library for commercial distribution. I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to master sound effects and impulse ...
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Mastering a demo reel

So, I'm finally getting around to putting my demo reel together (I know, I know... Shoulda done that a long time ago), and I was wondering something... Is it okay to have someone that's not me do the ...
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Making your track “sparkle”

Have you been in this situation? You spend days (and possibly weeks) creating your sound design masterpiece but find that it lacks that certain…something. It's hard to put your finger on it. The best ...