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Old 13-09-2013, 08:49 AM   #1
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What Is Mastering? [Blog]

Hi, this is a blog I've started about 3 weeks ago, it focuses around explaining mastering as well as going into mastering technique, general mix technique as well:-

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I usually update every 2-3 days or so atm with the most recent post here:-

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I'm trying to keep it fairly open to suggestions, opinions etc so if there's anything you think may be good for me to add or have any questions feel free to either contact through the site or in this thread or by PM

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Old 17-09-2013, 10:18 AM   #2
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Just updated with an article on 'loudness obstacles'

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Old 18-09-2013, 03:08 AM   #3
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Re: What Is Mastering?

Your loudness obstacles article is perfect for me right now, simple yet really detailed/informative.. cool website, nice writing. *Reads studiously*

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Old 18-09-2013, 08:27 AM   #4
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Re: What Is Mastering?

I like the style of the loudness obstacles article - just listing problems with simple explanations. A lot of the time with articles like that, you end up plowing through prose to get to the point, with important bits dotted all around.

It would be interesting to see a kind of paired, in depth article that goes into the details of some of the points raised from a more general science perspective. Like the point where you talk about not having enough high end, maybe go into Fletcher-Munson stuff. But having that information in the same article would really detract from it's punchiness and simplicity. Just an idea, in case you ever have nothing else you want to write about!

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Old 19-09-2013, 05:00 AM   #5
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I'm just starting to learn about mastering. Thanks for posting your blog, I have a feeling I'll learn a thing or two from it.
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Old 19-09-2013, 08:41 PM   #6
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Very useful blog, thanks for posting!
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Old 20-09-2013, 07:35 AM   #7
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Glad you are finding it useful guys, new update!

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You'll be getting plenty of traffic from me.
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Old 22-09-2013, 09:47 AM   #9
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Quick one today giving an explanation of stem mastering!

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Old 27-09-2013, 06:47 AM   #10
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Applying processing to the master channel. Not to be confused with the mixing process.
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Old 27-09-2013, 08:20 AM   #11
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Applying processing to the master channel. Not to be confused with the mixing process.
Much more than applying processing to the master channel but yes you're right not be confused with mixing!

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Old 27-09-2013, 08:21 AM   #12
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An overview of acoustic treatment!

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Old 27-09-2013, 11:01 AM   #13
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Re: What Is Mastering?

mastering is the dark art developed over the centuries by the illuminati audio engineers so they can plant subliminal mind control frequencies into our works of art (and also make it louder so that frequencies in question are more efficient)

basic world domination practice.
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Old 27-09-2013, 07:45 PM   #14
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Re: What Is Mastering?

In the world of music you have the artist who makes the music. Usually, they send their music to get mixed by a Mixing Engineer who then mixes their music, balancing all the levels of the track, eq, etc. Then they'll send it to a Mastering Engineer who pretty much fine tunes the track.

Mixing Engineers are like Doctors, they know a lot of stuff but not as much as a Surgeon.

Mastering Engineers are like Surgeons. They have decades of experience in fine tuning music and giving the artist exactly what they want.
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:21 AM   #15
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Re: What Is Mastering?

Cool, I see this question come up so often, good to see people answering it!
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:35 AM   #16
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Re: What Is Mastering?

Thank you for the literature, Jon_Evo! Learned some nice tips about multiband compressors and how to implement them appropriately.
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:15 AM   #17
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Glad you guys are finding use from it, just updated today!

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Old 06-10-2013, 02:31 PM   #18
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MASTERING for controlling the sounds
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Old 06-10-2013, 03:08 PM   #19
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Re: What Is Mastering?

to the people answering the question: it's not a question intended for the forum, it's the name of Jon's blog. He's passing along useful mastering tips for those of us who want to learn.

And they've been quite helpful so far, I must say.

Jon: what equipment are you using in your studio, as far as monitors, audio interface, headphones, etc. go?
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Re: What Is Mastering?

mastering is often massaging the audio so it sounds better on contemporary playback systems of the desired audience which may be different than the playback systems of the musicians/recorders/studios.

for this reason, it's important to know the target end-user playback storage medium and playback tools.

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