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Published March 2018
By Mike Thornton

A meter or limiter that can display inter-sample peaks is highly desirable, as these will not show up on a conventional peak meter but can trigger distortion in lossy codecs such as those used by streaming services.A meter or limiter that can display inter-sample peaks is highly desirable, as these will not show up on a conventional peak meter but can trigger distortion in lossy codecs such as those used by streaming services.

We continue our exploration of the mastering possibilities in Pro Tools.

In last month’s column (SOS February 2018), we looked at how you can set up a Pro Tools Session so as to carry out mastering duties, and we briefly discussed the sorts of processors that are needed to master in today’s environment. This month, I’m going to go into more detail about the processes involved in mastering and the tools that can help you implement them.

The exact make-up of the plug-ins you will need for mastering is dependent on the material you are mastering and what work needs to be done to it. You can start off with the stock plug-ins in Pro Tools, like the EQ3 and the Maxim...

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Published March 2018