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    What Do Mastering Engineers Actually Do?

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    In this Video, Editor In Chief Sam Inglis explains why mastering engineers are necessary, what they can do for us, and whether we can really replace them with plug-ins!

    Sound Advice Feb 2021
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    Mastering Essentials: Final Delivery, Requirements & Specs

    Part 6 - The SOS Techniques Guide | by Ian Shepherd

    In this final episode of the SOS Mastering Essentials series, Ian Shepherd reveals the best specification and file formats for submitting your masters — both online, and for CD and vinyl.

    Techniques Jan 2021
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    Mastering Essentials: Compression & Limiting

    Part 5 - The SOS Techniques Guide | by Ian Shepherd

    Compression in mastering is different — both the goals and the methods. Mastering engineer Ian Shepherd describes three different mastering compression techniques — how and when to use them, and why the goal is to be invisible.

    Techniques Dec 2020
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    Mastering Essentials: How Loud Should You Master?

    Part 3 - The SOS Techniques Guide | by Ian Shepherd

    How loud is loud enough, and how loud is too loud?

    Techniques Nov 2020
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    Mastering Essentials: EQ - Balance, Don’t Match

    Part 4 - The SOS Techniques Guide | by Ian Shepherd

    EQ will make or break your master. It's the single most important factor in mastering, once you've decided the loudness...

    Techniques Nov 2020
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    Mastering Essentials: What Is Mastering?

    Part 1 - The SOS Techniques Guide | by Ian Shepherd

    In this six-part video tutorial series, produced in association with Steinberg, well-known mastering engineer Ian...

    Techniques Oct 2020
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    Mastering Essentials: The Three Ms of Mastering

    Part 2 - The SOS Techniques Guide | by Ian Shepherd

    Without a firm grasp of these three ‘core concepts’ of mastering, you’ll always struggle to get great results. In Part 2 of his series for SOS, mastering engineer Ian Shepherd describes his “Three Ms of Mastering”, and why he thinks they’re so important.

    Techniques Oct 2020
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    Making Masters In Studio One

    PreSonus Studio One Tips & Tricks

    We look at the sweetening tools on offer for mastering in Studio One.

    Techniques Dec 2019
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    Inside Studio One Project Window

    PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Studio One's Project window offers a fully fledged mastering environment.

    Techniques Nov 2019
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    Q. How loud should I master tracks intended for streaming?

    If the loudness sits below -14LUFS, can I rely on the streaming services to apply their normalisation process to bring up the level when the song is streamed?

    Sound Advice Jul 2019
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    Making Modern Metal: Part 3

    Mixing & Mastering

    Drawing our mini-series to a close, we take you on a detailed tour of the mix and mastering stages of the Damnation’s Hammer album Unseen Planets, Deadly Spheres.

    Techniques Mar 2018
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    DIY Mastering Made Easy

    Crafty Masters

    Getting the tonality of your mix right is one of the most challenging aspects of home mastering. Thankfully, ‘profiling EQ’ plug-ins can help.

    Techniques Nov 2017
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    Mastering For Streaming Services

    On Stream

    Streaming is now the most important way in which music is consumed. So how can you make sure your music sounds as good as possible?

    Techniques Jun 2017
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    Q. Should I bounce to 32-bit floating point or 24-bit fixed point audio files?

    I’m using Ableton Live and bounced my last few finished tracks in the 32-bit float format. I’d rather not have too many different versions of the same tracks floating around, so is there a preferred word length for when I bounce files out for mastering?

    Sound Advice Dec 2016
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    LANDR, CloudBounce & The Future Of Mastering

    Master Plans

    Are cloud-based mastering services a threat to traditional mastering engineers, or just a cheap alternative for producers who can’t afford the real thing? It depends who you ask...

    Techniques Sep 2016
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    Media Content - September 2016

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    Techniques Sep 2016
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    Mix Rescue | Media

    Spektakulatius - The mastering stage

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    Techniques Aug 2015
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    Mix Rescue: Spektakulatius

    The Mastering Stage

    Spektakulatius: With last month’s mixes in the bag, our engineer was tasked with finding and working with a mastering engineer to put the finishing touches to both albums.

    Techniques Aug 2015
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    Remastering The Beatles

    Guy Massey, Paul Hicks & Steve Rooke

    Remastering projects dont come much bigger than this: a team of engineers spent four years in Abbey Road studios creating the definitive Beatles collection. Here's their story...

    Techniques Oct 2009
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    Q. How do I maximise loudness on tracks?

    I have been recording music for quite a few years now, but I always get the same problem when I listen back to my mixes:...

    Sound Advice May 2007
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    Using Waveburner: Part 1

    The Basics

    Waveburner is bundled free with Logic Pro and offers some significant power in the mastering department. We take a look at the hidden jewel in Apple's crown.

    Techniques Dec 2006

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