I’ve gotta say – there’s nothing in audio that causes as much confusion and anxiety as Mastering does.
Mastering feels like such a black art that only folks in white lab coats know something about.
So more often than not we hire a mastering engineer to give our tracks that final shine. Or we upload our mixes to an automated service like Landr, and let R2D2 take care of the rest.
Even the brave few who do decide to master their own tracks can’t help but sweat a little!
You’ve spent months putting your record together. Wouldn’t it be heartbreaking to ruin it all in the final stretch?
There’s a lot of fear and anxiety flying around the internet around that final stretch:
- The Loudness Wars
- Over-Processing Your Tracks
- Streaming Services “Penalizing” Your Tracks
So I wanted to break down this elusive process in a 2 part series:
1) This Week – How to Prep Your Logic Pro Projects For a Flawless Mastering Experience
2) Next Week – The Key Processors and Good Habits For Delivering a Great Master
A great master boils down to a great mix. Once you have the mix down, then it all boils down to how you prep your mix for the mastering process.
But it doesn’t do a lick of good if you aren’t exporting the best version of your track!
This week’s video is a doozy, as it covers a lot of ground:
- When processors to include (and remove) from your Stereo Output
- The best way to optimize the volume of your track for mastering
- A full walkthrough of the Bounce dialogue, plus the options you should be using
- Bonus: how to export stems for Stem Mixing and Mastering