How much headroom for mastering ? ...and what is it really anyways ?

How much headroom for mastering ? ...and what is it really anyways ?

[…] you never want to process a file that is clipping. That should be one of a few of every audio engineer's maximes. Dare I say, it should be one of those principles of life - only use quality material for further processing in order to achieve a quality result.

Mastering into the activated Limiter, or...last things first

Mastering into the activated Limiter, or...last things first

"What ? I start at the end to work backwards?" Yes, that is kind of how it works. All the tweaks that you make in mastering, during your session, you want to hear how they sound in the loud song, not necessarily in the "un-loud" song :)

Faulty faulty headphones...

Faulty faulty headphones...

...under headphones you will hear your left speaker in your left ear and your right speaker in your right ear. All good? Well let me tell you that is not "natural" or rather is not how any living thing has perceived sound over the last millions of years. With speakers, you will hear both your left and right speakers in both your left and right ear, but in different volume and differently timed/delayed. This is called crossfeed, the left side feeds into your right side and vice versa.

(non)AI Mixing

(non)AI Mixing

"The year is 2030 and our musical lives are easier. Composing and producing doesn’t require us to be an expert in loudness units, know when to use an optical compressor or worry about gain staging. Intelligent DAWs have learned how to automatically mix our music using petabytes of cloud data, harvested from the best mix engineers around the world. Algorithms from the best mix engineers can instantly analyse the spectral content within our own recordings and offer world-class mixes at the click of a mouse[...]"

Mastering for yourself

Mastering for yourself

Bare in mind, this is not your ultimate guide to professional mastering, instead this might be interesting if you want to master your own tracks to play them in DJ sets or to give them to a friend.

EQing applied with logic and reason...

EQing applied with logic and reason...

[...]Intuition might lead us to slap that EQ on the channel and boost a frequency range to make something more exciting. But I think that's the wrongest approach when it comes to EQing. You gotta clean up your audio material first...and don't tell me there's nothing to clean[...]

The importance of finishing tracks/songs

[...]by early on focusing on making a piece of music instead of being a perfectionist and creating that specific sound exactly like you have it in your head, you'll become a music maker instead of keeping on trying to perfect that one sound years later[...]