Tag Archives: Mastering

Dynamic Range: What It Is and Why It Matters in Mastering

Dynamic range is a term that gets used often in music production. It can refer to the performance of an audio system, the amount of headroom in an audio file and more. But dynamic range is especially important when it comes to mastering. It’s a key factor for loudness, and how compression and limiting impact … Continue reading Dynamic Range: What It Is and Why It Matters in Mastering

Master Plan: Borza Mastering — Los Osos, California

Which ’tis better to be: lucky or good? In the case of mastering engineer Will Borza, how about heaping helpings of both? On the good side, he’s built up a big list of top credits including Deftones, Foster The People, Tenacious D, and The Smashing Pumpkins. Looking over to lucky, Read more… The post Master … Continue reading Master Plan: Borza Mastering — Los Osos, California

5 Reasons Mastering Plugins Do More Harm Than Good

Mastering used to be an exclusive professional process reserved for big-budget releases. But today there are plenty of DIY mastering options available. From online AI-powered mastering to suites of mastering plugins for your DAW, preparing your mix for release has never been more accessible. But can anyone really use plugins to master their music and … Continue reading 5 Reasons Mastering Plugins Do More Harm Than Good

How to Hear Compression in Mixing and Mastering

Compression is one of the most important tools in music production. But it’s still sometimes misunderstood by beginner and intermediate producers. Compressor plugins can be subtle and their effect on the sound isn’t always obvious—unless you know how it works. The reason why? You’re not listening for the right thing. In fact, you may need … Continue reading How to Hear Compression in Mixing and Mastering

Mastering Cubase’s MixConsole and customising it to your needs

Mixing can be a daunting process. A confusing and elaborate mixing environment doesn’t help the situation, either. Cubase‘s MixConsole can make things less intimidating once you know your way around it. Routing tracks and applying effects is paramount in track creation, so mastering MixConsole is essential. In this Cubase tutorial, Bruce Aisher shows you around … Continue reading Mastering Cubase’s MixConsole and customising it to your needs

Mini Masterclass: Loudness Targets for Mastering (…It’s not what the streaming services tell you)

Ever wonder how hot you should be setting your levels in mixing and mastering? In the real world, the targets are not what the streaming services recommend. And it varies by genre! Get all the details here, with Justin Colletti of SonicScoop by listening to real before and after masters Read more… The post Mini … Continue reading Mini Masterclass: Loudness Targets for Mastering (…It’s not what the streaming services tell you)

Mastering Engineer Scott Hull, Current Streaming Rates, And Why Bands Are Disappearing On My Latest Podcast

My guest on the podcast this week is Scott Hull, who started his illustrious career in mastering at New York’s famed Master Disk studios. Rising from an assistant to chief engineer, Scott then took a series of jobs at some of New York’s other excellent mastering facilities including Classic Sound and the Hit Factory before striking out … Continue reading Mastering Engineer Scott Hull, Current Streaming Rates, And Why Bands Are Disappearing On My Latest Podcast

Mastering Engineers: What They Do and When to Hire One

Mastering has always been a bit of an enigma in the music-making process—its definition has shifted over the years and over time its importance has changed. Today, having a good mastering engineer is still key to releasing a good-sounding record. But, what exactly can a mastering engineer do for your tracks in 2021 and when … Continue reading Mastering Engineers: What They Do and When to Hire One

Review: Mastering the Mix Reference 2

Price £50 Contact Mastering the Mix Minimum system requirements OS X 10.8.5 or higher Windows 7, 8 or 10 64-bit AU, VST 2/3 or AAX host Using reference tracks is arguably the most effective way to improve your mixing skills and calibrate your ears to the sonics of a professional-sounding mix. Several tools have been … Continue reading Review: Mastering the Mix Reference 2