Studio One's Project window offers a fully fledged mastering environment.
The mastering side of Studio One can get a little neglected, possibly because thinking about mastering would suggest the laughable notion that you've actually finished a track. But if you ever do reach the point where no amount of fiddling with faders and adjusting arrangements is going to make your track any more fantastic, it's time to dust off the Project mastering tools.
I find that mastering is best approached differently from mixing songs. A professional mastering engineer would inevitably come to your music with a different set of ears and ideas, but on the assumption that we're doing this ourselves, the Project side of Studio One gives us the opportunity to look at our music differently, and that can be very helpful. You'll probably uncover things in mastering that will make you want to scurry back to your Song to fix it in the mix, and that can be a useful advantage in doing all this yourself. But there should also come a point where you start to worry less about the mix and more about how the track stands by itself or amongst other tracks as part of an album of music.
In this month's workshop, we're going to walk through the Project side of Studio One to get to grips with the workflow, meters and tools provided. Next month, we'll get into the mastering plug-ins and processing.
Once you've created a Project, the next step is to bring in some audio files. These can be added by dragging and dropping from your operating system, from the Studio One browser that hides on the right, or using the Project / Import File menu item. Once added, they appear alternately along a pair of lanes at the bottom of the screen; the reason there are two lanes is...