by Jett Galindo, iZotope Contributor June 29, 2020
Today’s innovations in music technology have empowered everyday creators to explore more complex production techniques. One thing, however, has remained a seemingly intimidating task for many: mastering. To the non-mastering engineer, it’s a discipline still shrouded in mystery, with many “how-to” resources overwhelming the everyday reader with technical jargon and difficult-to-digest techniques. And within the fast-growing DIY community, there still lies the challenge of not having easy access to state-of-the-art listening environments or professional mastering studios.
If you’re a content creator, post-production pro, or home studio warrior, recording quality voice-over from home is a challenge. Follow along as re-recording mixer and field recordist Alex Knickerbocker takes you through the process of recording quality VO from home.
Nectar 3 – It’s not just for vocals anymore 😉 Anything that you would treat “like a voice” can be quickly dialed-in.
Try it on a lead clarinet or saxophone…
In this article, iZotope contributor Nick Messitte demonstrates how Neutron can be an excellent companion during the post-production process when mixing sound for film, television, and other viewable media. The tools in Neutron are designed so that they can be transparent in timbre, which is perfect for post-production. Let’s dive right into it and show off six tips for using Neutron 3 for post-production.
The first three caught my eye. Need to get this article open while doing my critical listens this week…
‘[3 Tips for Mastering Indie Rock](https://www.izotope.com/en/learn/3-tips-for-mastering-indie-rock.html)’
by Jett Galindo, iZotope Contributor May 28, 2020
Rock music has stood the test of time, making it one of the most enduring genres of the modern era. With today’s production tools becoming more and more advanced—and more accessible to a wider audience—one particular rock subgenre is thriving more than ever. In this article, we’ll take a look at some tips and tools for mastering indie rock and nailing the indie rock aesthetic.
‘[Inside the Decibel and Why It Matters](https://www.izotope.com/en/learn/inside-the-decibel-and-why-it-matters.html)’
by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor May 26, 2020
So much of what we do is quantified in decibels—e.g. “Bring up that vocal a dB or so.” If we notch out a frequency, we talk about that cut in terms of decibels: a 2 dB cut at 650 Hz, for example.
by Erin Barra, iZotope Contributor May 12, 2020
Pop vocals tend to have the same sort of sound when they hit our ears. People use words like bright, shiny, crisp, and airy to describe them, and you can hear this sound on loads of tracks at the top of charts across genres. Let’s take a look at how to achieve that same sound and make a vocal POP right out of your mix.
In this extended tutorial, iZotope’s Mike Metlay dives into the machine learning tech behind Music Rebalance in RX 7, its basic functionality, and some of the cool things you can do with it, from subtle and magical to over-the-top crazy. Let’s learn the basics of how Music Rebalance works, and how to use it, before moving onto getting weird and pushing it beyond the normal settings.
Think you know everything there is about mixing in stereo? Think again. FabFilter has published an excellent three part video series produced by Dan Worrall titled How To Mix In Stereo Without Sucking In Mono. This series is extremely well presented explaining stereo mixing fundamentals, panning, stereo microphone placement, phase, the effects of comb filtering, width, mono compatibility and more.
I just watched the first part – “Toeing the Blumlein” and stayed fascinated throughout.
I do a lot of mono monitoring to make sure things don’t get lost, but I rarely make changes that will make the mono mix down work really well. These videos are an excellent pointer.
Using Logic built-in plug-ins I think it will require several steps (made easy by the FabFilter tools)
Bus effects – independent panning required?
Logic EQ would need to have two instances, one for Mid and one for Side. Probably 2 aux channels…no, simply use the EQ in “Dual Mono” mode and work with Mid and Side channels as desired. Unfortunately there are no documentation resources for the “Dual Mono” mode of the EQs in Logic. The documentation says use two plug-ins. I will try to compare other EQs and see how easily things can be adapted.
Ozone 9 EQ essentially has both available “easily” along with pan and width.
Mid/side processing is an undeniably powerful technique, and one which gives the mastering engineer a wide range of sonic sculpting tools not available with traditional stereo processing. However, as we all learned from Spiderman’s Uncle Ben, “with great power comes great responsibility.”
IK Multimedia has a nifty new EQ – T-Racks EQual…
The new EQual digital equalizer is a 10-band, ultra-clear, high-end parametric equalizer with an extremely transparent sound, ultra-precise editing and a vast array of filter shapes that are based on the typical curves of classic British and American analog EQ’s. This incredibly flexible “hybrid monster” gives you the best of both worlds – digital precision with transparent clarity and on-demand analog character that works perfectly for high end mastering as well as individual track work.
Also need to look at the Imagers….
Multiband compressors and dynamic EQs are some of the most useful tools available to audio engineers. They allow for dynamic control of defined frequency ranges, providing some of the functionality and benefits of both EQs and compressors. Their ability to correct “problem” frequencies in a detailed and generally transparent way makes them extremely helpful for balancing a single sound or a full mix.
Useful comparison from iZotope to help us choose between these somewhat similarly behaving tools.
‘[Compression: When and How to Use It in Nectar, Neutron, and Ozone](https://www.izotope.com/en/learn/compression-how-to-use-it-in-nectar-neutron-and-ozone.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=Compression_Nectar_Neutron_Ozone)’
In previous articles, we covered different types of hardware compressors and why their behavior matters in this hybrid/digital world. We also covered typical mistakes engineers make in using compression. This article expounds on compression in a specific way: we are diving into the various compressors available in the iZotope ecosystem and relating them to real-world applications.
by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor December 9, 2019
by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor November 14, 2019
Electronic Music has changed since it went palpably mainstream. From EDM to deeper subgenres like Dubstep, Trap, Future House, and various combinations thereof, the genre has evolved, both in the mainstream and the underground.
Thus, I thought a modern tally of great reference mixes was in order to aid in your own productions, mixes, and masters.
by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor October 21, 2019
Growing up, I was always told by amateurs and pros alike—you can’t master a song you’ve mixed. It was interesting then to see engineers like Luca Pretolesi and Don Gehman break that rule. Could I do both too?
With technology like Ozone 9 and the improved Tonal Balance Control, I find it’s more possible than before—provided I follow concrete rules of thumb. The following are the rules I live by when I’m asked to master my own mixes, which is more and more often these days.
Low End Focus is a new module in Ozone 9 Advanced designed to take the low end of your track and minimize muddiness, increase clarity, and address common low end issues that may not be easily mitigated with traditional tools, such as EQ or Dynamics. Learn more about the new module in the video below.
by Ian Stewart, iZotope Contributor October 9, 2019
With the arrival of Ozone 9, the powerful Vintage modules—previously only available in Advanced versions—are now part of Standard. Whether these modules are brand new to you, or you’ve had them in your back pocket for a while, but have been unsure about how and when to use them, this article is for you!
by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor September 18, 2019
In an earlier article called “Expanding on compression” I covered unusual forms of dynamic processing, including upwards compression. Neutron 3 offers the ability to implement upwards compression, so I thought it would be useful to cover it further.