by Oscar Zambrano, iZotope Contributor July 10, 2019
Ozone 8 is a great starting environment to build a mastering signal chain.
If you’re an iZotope blog regular, you’ve probably read a lot of mastering tips and tricks for EQs, compressors, limiters, imagers, and every other processor around. But what about choosing an order for these things? While signal chain composition isn’t discussed much, it’s an integral step in mastering.
by Jett Galindo, iZotope Contributor July 3, 2019
Recording, mixing, and mastering classical music requires different techniques than most modern productions.
Classical music is known for its nuanced sonics—from the wide dynamics all the way to its vast range in the frequency spectrum. With that comes a unique set of challenges for sound engineers when recording, mixing, and mastering classical music.
Loudness control is an essential part of the mastering process, but it can also be a handy ‘quick fix’ means of ensuring your rough mixes stand up to commercial recordings…
By Mark Cousins
Automation isn’t just for mixing engineers. Neither is automation strictly limited to volume rides. Whether you’re working in the analog or digital world—or relying on a hybrid audio mastering setup—there are a handful of circumstances where time-based adjustments on your mastering chain can help you achieve your desired results. Let’s look into a few practical examples of automation being used in recent mastering sessions.
Referencing is a critical part of mixing. It allows you to compare your song against well-mixed music in a similar style. In addition to giving you a reality check and ideas for treating various mix elements, it helps mitigate the acoustical issues often found in untreated studios, by providing you with a baseline to compare your mix with. There’s a lot to discuss about this subject, and Fab Dupont covers it thoroughly in the pureMix video, “How to Listen-Reference Mixes.” The full video is available to pureMix Pro Members, but in this free excerpt, Fab talks about using plug-ins that are specifically designed to help you reference more effectively.
We all have favorite music; songs that move us emotionally, melodies that get stuck in our heads, songs that make us want to dance. When you mix music for a living like I do, you listen for something different. Not that music doesn’t make me want to dance, but I like to listen to certain tracks before mixing as a sort of calibration process for my ears
Here are five examples of recent mastering sessions where iZotope RX took on a more creative audio mastering role. Featured in this article is GRAMMY-winning mastering engineer Glenn Schick (Future, Ludacris, The Weeknd) and iZotope’s very own Education Director Jonathan Wyner (David Bowie, Howie Day) to also share some key insights on how they’ve used RX in their mastering workflow.
First, make sure something isn’t actually amiss with your gear. Many are the times where it hasn’t actually been my ears. With a panoply of hardware pieces and software abounding, it’s easy to see where something might mangle the proceedings in the chain.
Let me hear…route the audio through T-Racks One, Sonarworks, Ozone 8, and out through Sonarworks. Where did all that sub-50 information come from 😉
In Episode 6, learn how EQ in mastering can help correct and restore the clarity and intelligibility of a track, why you should prep before applying EQ, why filter shapes matter, and how to make thoughtful subtractive and additive EQ decisions. Practice your skills at home by downloading a free trial of Ozone, iZotope’s mastering software!
Inter-plugin communication is a technology developed here at iZotope that allows our plug-ins to interact and share invaluable information with one another across a session, helping you produce, mix, and master with better results.
Not only does iZotope make these excellent tools, they provide a large library of documentation and practical guides to the mixing and mastering processes.
Episode 5, part 2 of “Limiting in Mastering,” explores the role of limiting in mastering with concrete examples to help guide you through the process of setting up, implementing, and adjusting limiters in your next project.
In this three-part blog series about the role of genre in mastering, we’re exploring the question, “How much does genre determine what happens in mastering?”
In this three-part blog series about the role of genre in mastering, we’re exploring the question, “How much does genre determine what happens in mastering?” In Part 1 we explored deliverables and level in general. In Part 2, we get a view of whether the aesthetics of each genre can be correlated with the use of processing techniques.
In this three-part blog series about the role of genre in mastering, we’re exploring the question, “How much does genre determine what happens in mastering?” In Part 1, we start by looking at deliverables and level in general. Read Part 2, Processing Techniques and Part 3, Workflows.
What is mastering? Can you mix and master at the same time? These are a few of the questions professional mastering engineer and iZotope Director of Education Jonathan Wyner covers in Episode 1 of “Are You Listening?”
Note: The audio examples you hear have been altered from their original recordings to bring attention to the core concepts highlighted in the ‘Are You Listening?’ Series.
I am up to episode 3 of this series. A nice, gentle introduction to mastering.