Here Is My Audio Mastering Tutorial
With the growth in the home computer industry, home recording has really taken off and it's quite manageable to album your own music at home and on a tiny budget. Moving one step further, a good deal of musicians are interested in mastering their own music to save on costs there, as well. This is possible, too, though not as recommended because it's generally never a good idea to have the same person album and master your music, particularly you.
It's much more rewarding to get a next opinion from a fresh pair of unbiased ears, ears which haven't been listening to your music as you've during the entire tracking and mixing process.
While it's not best, you can still certainly master your own music, so if you are interested in doing just that then consider this audio mastering tutorial.
First, make sure that your final music mix is precisely how you want it without making use of any effects and plugins to the output and guarantee that you're not clipping in the least. I like to bring down the final mix a handful decibels below clipping to give myself some room to work in. I mentioned not applying any plugins on the output as by adding compression, for instance, you limit what you can do as soon as you've rendered it to a single sound file. Once the mix is how you want it, then render it to a single AIFF or WAVE computer file.
It is ideal that you master the original rendered file and not any kind of compressed sound file format such as an MP3 as you lose sound artful. You want to master the greatest quality file you can get, then compress it latter for any MP3 needs you've after the fact.
Once you have your concluding music mix rendered down to a WAVE, load that sound file back into a fresh project in your digital audio workstation. At that point fire up your favorite effects of choice starting with equalization. Equalization will dissect your final mix into generally 3 different bands, high, mid, and low which you can then tweak individually making use of the Eq effect. You can boost or lessen their influence within that mix to achieve different results. You might first work on the extreme ends of the spectrum such as the highs and lows.
Applying low will obviously give your track a better bass sound whereas taking away the low will take away its influence. Raising the high later can give the effect of removing the shrink wrap from your music mix but going overboard will make it too sharp and annoying at those higher frequencies to the point where it is sacrificing the artful of the mix.
Add or subtract as the track demands and what sounds best when messing around with it. As you carry on and master more mixes, you will become more comfortable and experienced with what to do and experiment with.
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