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Old 06-07-2014, 12:29 PM   #12661
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meee, but snazzy is better

I learned at uni but if you've got an EQ, Compressor, Imager and Limiter you're set. It's kind of case by case though

my advice would be to find a compressor you like, then get the Waves S1 and L2. Linear phase EQ's only. Be minimal. Reference, reference, reference.


okay, thanks. i think that's my problem- staying minimal. all of my masters turn out shitty and i think it's because i process too much. and the former being because my mix was shit in the first place.

i've never done referencing in mixing or mastering, i think that's another thing i'm doing way wrong. because i use over-ear headphones and i think they boost the mids somewhat; my mixes with them always look like they're 'scooped out' in a spectrum analyzer (1kHz to 3 kHz-ish usually). i want my own sound so i've been stupid about that, need to actually mix well first.

i think i'm gonna get a short arrangement done of my current mix, tonight or tomorrow, and throw it up here. i need honest criticism badly. i think my audio teacher is afraid of putting me down; he has had very few problems with my mix decisions but i don't trust him really, considering his mixes are fucking tight and mine are... bleh
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Old 06-07-2014, 02:06 PM   #12662
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My master chain is super simple

Multiband compressor
Linear phase eq
Adaptive limiter

I use logic's built in plugins too, experimented with some other stuff but I feel like most mastering focused things are just filled with a load of unnecessary fluff (ew ozone) and I prefer functional.

Basically just listen and correct. Solo bands in your compressor but listen to them all together as well.
Some general tips
Don't do it all in one session, come back to it after a couple of days
Don't do big changes, if you're mastering and feel like you need to make eq edits more than a couple of dB, you need to go back to your mix
Although you need to be paying attention to your peak level (limit to -0.1 or whatever), RMS is more important overall. I aim for -12 or so usually.
Resist the temptation to make everything loud and super bassy

In general, mastering is just for subtle finishing touches, and you're not going to be able to get a great master if your mix is shite.

Your objectives are:
Optimise your dynamic range
Optimise your frequency spectrum
Create a consistent sound between songs

Feel free to hmu if you want me to listen to owt

edit: p.s. don't try to master on headphones
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Old 06-11-2014, 04:18 AM   #12663
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I don't think I've ever knocked out a track this quickly. (Warning; I'm way too late to the party.)

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Old 06-11-2014, 08:52 AM   #12664
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I don't think I've ever knocked out a track this quickly. (Warning; I'm way too late to the party.)


That's pretty sweet. Screw being in time for the party.
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Old 06-11-2014, 09:56 AM   #12665
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That's pretty sweet. Screw being in time for the party.


Cheers dude. It's not my greatest piece of music, but it shows how much I'm improving at least.
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Old 06-13-2014, 02:58 PM   #12666
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dun did a thing

top end is a mess and i just slammed the mix because i'm very lazy and self destructive

https://soundcloud.com/halved/u-okay-master/s-nak83

didn't mean to make a house thing but i guess that's what it is
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Old 06-15-2014, 12:45 PM   #12667
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Will every time I post here you've changed alias This is cool, reminds me of Alex Metrics new stuff. Crazy sub action in the 2nd half. Can you explain whats going on there? As in how you're balancing the kick/sub.


Trying to learn how to trap https://soundcloud.com/robots-cant-...-crates/s-n6da3 the kick is a total mess!
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Old 06-17-2014, 01:12 AM   #12668
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My track Noveuron has been used for a lot of things, but this is by far and away the strangest. All of my wat.

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Old 06-17-2014, 05:53 PM   #12669
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Will every time I post here you've changed alias This is cool, reminds me of Alex Metrics new stuff. Crazy sub action in the 2nd half. Can you explain whats going on there? As in how you're balancing the kick/sub.


Trying to learn how to trap https://soundcloud.com/robots-cant-...-crates/s-n6da3 the kick is a total mess!

Aha I know i keep deleting everything thinking i won't use it until i've done a load of tunes and i've got releases coming and then i'll make one but then i wanna show someone something and come up with a new name whilst i'm at it

I think the sub and the top bass are actually just the bottom layer of the kick that i've played with on separate tracks. Pretty sure of it although that top bass sounds like a synth, think I made it using some Uhbik plugins that **** things up completely. so the sub just slots in with the kick, bit of sidechain and it's pretty even

yeah your kick really doesn't fancy itself much, lead is spot on for the style though. Bigger kick and all the lovely whooshes and sparkly hi hats and you're there
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:07 AM   #12670
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Tried something different. I needed a more atmospheric and melodic track to open my EP with, so I sat down the other night and had a rush of ideas.

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Old 07-08-2014, 09:11 AM   #12671
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I like it. Make sure you don't give Porter Robinson the download link or he'll try sneak it onto Worlds
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:21 AM   #12672
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Aha thanks man. I won't deny being a little influenced after hearing Sad Machine. ;D
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Old 07-12-2014, 12:32 PM   #12673
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