How to set up a multiband mastering project template in Cubase.
DIY mastering is a pragmatic necessity for many musicians, and while there are some great third-party software mastering products, Cubase already includes all you need to get started. What's more, any version of Cubase, from Elements to Pro, allows you to perform multiband processing — for example, separating the audio into low, low-mid, high-mid and high frequency bands, to give you greater flexibility/control. In this article, I'll show you how to do just that.
Even if you plan on mixing and mastering in Cubase, it's good practice to keep these two stages of a project separate, so try to resist the temptation to mix through your mastering-style processing. In fact, I think they're best tackled in separate Cubase projects, and certainly at different times, so that you come to the mastering with fresh ears....
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