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Part 1 – Introduction To Audio Mastering

In this step by step tutorial I’ll explain how to become a good audio mastering engineer. I’m explaining the guidelines here but you don’t have to apply them in the exact same order. As an experienced audio engineer I always use different mastering techniques on different music genres. And the order I use for the…

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Part 2 – Analysis, editing and correction

The first stage in audio mastering is very important because this is the first time you’ll listen to the song and you are not prejudiced yet. With fresh ears you’ll notice mixing errors the engineer didn’t observed during his hard work on the mix. Be sure you listen very carefully to the audio with a…

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Part 3 – Enhancement of audio

Here’s where the most creative and fun part of mastering comes in to place. In this stage of audio mastering the mix is glued together. Listening to a good audio reference of the same music genre is a must. A certain feel is given to the audio track with the help of multi-band compression and…

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Audio compressor – How does it work

If you’ve been mixing for a while you’ve probably noticed the audio compressor in your plug-in library. Compressors are used in the recording studio, live on stage and in every song you hear on the radio. They are essential for a good sounding mix and a fine tuned audio master. In this article I will…

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Part 4 – Equalization

In equalization our goal is to find a tonal balance in the mix. In other words the overall sound has to be pleasant to our ears. Note that if you apply equalization the mix has to maintain its quality on every audio source you can imagine. If you boost the low-end to much it will…

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Auditory exercises for audio mastering and mixing techniques

Whether you want to start your own recording studio, start DJing, want to be an expert in audio mastering or you just want to mix your own music as a hobby. It never hurts to train your hearing. This will help you quickly identify errors in the audio signal that you’re working on. An audio…

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