by Jett Galindo, iZotope Contributor July 15, 2021
Don’t risk falling into the trap of making your records sound louder and brighter by default for no reason. Although mainstream music might deem it otherwise, there’s no one-size-fits-all rule to what constitutes a great-sounding mix and master. Many times, you get a better picture of the final sound by understanding the context behind the production—from the genre and arrangement down to the songwriting and the artist’s stories/influences.
In this article Steve DeMott explains his approach to Bus Compression. Why is it important and what does it achieve?
2-Bus compression makes a lot of sense to me. Putting a compressor on every track of a recording does not. I am from the school of performance. Music is performed, not constructed (produced).
Always good to learn how to use the tools.
There has long been a debate on the topic of self mastering. Many believe it’s impossible for anyone to master their own mixes… yet many do. Personally I do master the music I work on and the world hasn’t swallowed me up yet. There are of course very good reasons for hiring a pro mastering engineer, not least for their all important subjective “second set of ears” that will highlight all manner of pros and cons in a mix. All of this can really help elevate the results of a master, however, this post isn’t about how to collaborate with mastering engineers, instead we are highlighting a number of mastering mistakes to avoid if you master your own music. I’m not going to discuss the pros and cons of mastering your own music but I will say it does come with a number of challenges that you should be aware of, if you want your masters to sound amazing… starting with:
A good set of things to remember (or forget). It is a master, not a mix. The goal is a finished, high-quality recording.
‘[Musical Mastering: How Mastering Can Affect Genre and Feel, and Vice Versa](https://www.izotope.com/en/learn/musical-mastering-genre-and-feel.html\)’
by Ian Stewart, iZotope Contributor May 17, 2021
Mastering is often viewed as a precise science—a clinical last step in getting a song or album ready for release and distribution. This sentiment tends to bolster the notion that somehow, there’s no room for creativity in mastering. But ask almost any mastering engineer and they’ll tell you that they also view their work as the final creative step in musical distribution.
Today’s post was originally posted in 2018. It has been updated to include a video tutorial to illustrate the procedures below.
from Why Logic Pro Rules – Chris Vandeviver
The GRAMMY® awards are on March 14th, and there’s a lot to learn by analyzing some of the records that have been nominated. But where to start? There are so many questions surrounding music production, mixing, and mastering, especially now that streaming services have started to move towards loudness-normalized playback. How loud should I make my master? What tonal balance should I aim for? How high should I set my limiter ceiling? How dynamic should my record be?
iZotope posted a fine article examining the tonal contours of some of the 2021 GRAMMY® awards
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.
‘[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.
Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day. #LogicProX @StudioIntern1
Set Automation Select Tool
The performance part of mixing, mastering, and editing sound. Just as sound occurs over time the changes of the sounds do as well. Being able to copy or move automation is just as important as being able to copy a chorus or a verse. There is value in reproducible “movement”.
I’m just reminding myself that automation is my friend and I should remember to use it as a mixing tool. I don’t always have to create a region to make some simple fader moves.
After you create automation points and curves, you can easily change things to meet your needs. You can copy automation within a track or between tracks and can move automation within a track. When moving regions, you can choose whether or not to move any existing automation with it.
⇧ SHIFT – ⌃ CONTROL – ⌥ OPTION – ⌘ COMMAND
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 February 7, 2018
Maybe you’re a singer songwriter who has mixed a song and wants to release it quickly. Or perhaps you’re an EDM producer working at a fast clip, and you don’t want to shell out the money to bring every new track to a competitive level. Maybe still you’re a mixing engineer looking to give a client a pseudo-master—not just any pseudo master, but one that sounds better than the average limiter-slam.
by Ian Shepherd, Mastering Engineer September 4, 2019
Mastering metal is tough.
In fact, I’d probably go so far as to say it’s one of the most challenging genres to get truly great results in. It is certainly possible though.
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