Long story short, I got asked to contribute to this guide by audioskills.com. Scott has curated some fantastic info and I thought it would be helpful to anyone interested in learning more about mastering!
The guide covers everything from The Loudness Wars to mastering chains. Beginner's advice to Sage Advice.
Check it out here!
Here we are! Video numero uno. I'll keep it short.
In this blog series I'm challenging myself to compete with a online mastering algorithm. Being in a quiet room by yourself for hours on end can start to feel a bit weird, so why not throw some fun in the mix? My current opponent is the new Lydian engine from the brilliant minds at LANDR.
LANDR, an AI based online mastering service, has caused quite the stir in the worldwide music community. Several rival factions have taken up arms on audio forums worldwide.
The three main reactions are as follows:
Have you ever been trapped in a discussion with a conversational narcissist? Not only can you not get a word in, but everything they say revolves around their own little world. If you hear that lame story about almost meeting John Stamos one more time you'll throw up in your mouth.
Nobody likes talking to these people.
Ok, I know what you're thinking: what the heck do equalizers and ice sculptors have in common?
These artisans always start with the same raw material: a giant block of ice. After having a vision for what they want to transform to the block into, they use several specialized tools to slowly chip away at the block until they're happy with its shape.
It's time to shake things up a bit in the mastering world.
Over the next (at least) 10 weeks, I will be taking on a weekly challenge while mastering a track.
I will be purposely making myself have to do without some tools, use crazy processing, or be under time constraints and see if I can still come out with a great sounding master.
Sounds crazy? Find out next Monday.
We all want to be noticed. We want to be known--to feel like we're making an impact.
Not much feels worse than putting much time and effort into a project then being told it's not up to par. What's our knee jerk reaction? Do more hard work, add more value, do more.
Or blame our converters.
I have no qualms with working hard, but assuming "more" is always the answer to "better" can get you into trouble. Humility requires a much different mentality.
"How did they get that sound?"
An age old question often asked. It's why guitarists obsess over the picks The Edge uses, why mixers hang on Bob Clearmountain's and Chris Lord-Alge's every word, and why there are hundreds of YouTube videos out there showing you how to nail some dubstep "wub wub" bass.
We hear something we love, then we want to know how to get there. Oftentimes there's no easy answer.
In short, a mix review is a free service I offer to all of my mastering clients.
If the project timeline allows it, I do a full pass through the entirety of your record. I listen in my mastering room with no distractions (except maybe a cup of coffee) and a pencil in hand. No screens, no email, just a time to listen.
You've finally made it to the last step in your record making process: mastering. Although mastering is an incredibly creative craft, there are some technical things to keep in mind as a producer/mixer when getting your songs ready to send off.
Here are 7 surefire ways to make sure your record goes through mastering smoothly.