Tag Archives: Mastering

New Gear Review: PASSEQ Passive Mastering Equalizer by SPL

There was only one good thing about 2020, at least for me: SPL didn’t put a hard time limit on how long I could use their PASSEQ before I had to send it back. This worked out to our mutual benefit. The more time I had with the EQ, the Read more… The post New Gear Review: PASSEQ Passive … Continue reading New Gear Review: PASSEQ Passive Mastering Equalizer by SPL

Capitol Studios Mastering Closed

One of the most recognizable symbols of the Los Angeles music industry, the 13-story Capitol Records Building, has turned off the lights on a prominent department: The Capitol Studios mastering division. Alongside mastering, Capitol Studios has also closed its tape restoration department. With the department closings also come layoffs and Read more… The post Capitol … Continue reading Capitol Studios Mastering Closed

Preparing for Mastering: What Files (And Levels) Do I Need to Send to the Mastering Engineer?

What kinds of files should you be sending to your mastering engineer? Should you be leaving your buss processing on or off? How loud should your mixes be? I answer all this and more, in detail, in today’s episode. Short written versions of the answers can also be found below Read more… The post Preparing … Continue reading Preparing for Mastering: What Files (And Levels) Do I Need to Send to the Mastering Engineer?

Deeper mastering using Ableton Live

In our last Live instalment, we presented an overall guide to mastering with Ableton Live 10, and underlined the point that it has all the tools you need to get a great result. But to really seal the deal, and fine-tune with finesse, we need to go deeper on a couple of the devices and … Continue reading Deeper mastering using Ableton Live

New Music Gear Monday: RJ Studios MB3X Multi-Band Mastering Compressor Plugin

Multi-band compressors are falling into disuse these days thanks to the rise of dynamic EQs, but there’s always room for a combination processor with a new approach. The RJ Studios MB3X mastering compressor plugin is a combination of a multi-band compressor combined with simple EQ and a peak limiter in one package that could be … Continue reading New Music Gear Monday: RJ Studios MB3X Multi-Band Mastering Compressor Plugin

Get A Better Product With The Album Mastering Checklist

Putting together a collection of songs into an album requires additional data beyond what’s needed for an individual song. This applies to any format that the album will be released in, but especially for CDs and vinyl. Follow this album mastering checklist so you don’t miss anything. ◻︎What are the official titles of the album … Continue reading Get A Better Product With The Album Mastering Checklist

Mastering EQ Walkthrough: Bettermaker EQ232D

Get to know the Bettermaker EQ232D as Justin Colletti shows off how he uses this plugin recreation of one of the most respected analog mastering EQs of the new millennium, over on the Plugin Alliance channel. Like the analog original, the EQ232D offers the incredible low and high-end shaping capabilities Read more… The post Mastering … Continue reading Mastering EQ Walkthrough: Bettermaker EQ232D

Top 3 Mixing & Mastering Tips from 3X GRAMMY-Nominee Luca Pretolesi

Luca Pretolesi just finished giving his MixCon 2020 mix walkthrough yesterday, and it was a blast! He kicked things off with an awesome masterclass on mixing electronic music in which he shared insights into his approach to hybrid mixing, followed by a live Q&A. This week in the podcast, Justin Read more… The post Top … Continue reading Top 3 Mixing & Mastering Tips from 3X GRAMMY-Nominee Luca Pretolesi

Don’t Call Them “Mastering Engineers”, Call Them This Instead

“Mastering Engineer” is a misleading term, says Justin Colletti. It has little to do with the actual service they provide. What’s wrong with the name, and what should we think about calling them instead? In this episode you’ll get a sense for both how to approach the mix and what Read more… The post Don’t … Continue reading Don’t Call Them “Mastering Engineers”, Call Them This Instead

How Logic Pro X’s Adaptive Limiter can be an essential mastering tool

Once you’ve finished your track in Logic Pro X and bounced it out as a WAV, FLAC or MP3, you may notice that even though you’ve achieved a cohesive mix, it’s much quieter in comparison to commercial tracks. This is like because your track needs mastering. Limiters/expanders are critical tools in the mastering process, and … Continue reading How Logic Pro X’s Adaptive Limiter can be an essential mastering tool