en English
ar Arabiczh-CN Chinese (Simplified)nl Dutchen Englishfr Frenchde Germanit Italianpt Portugueseru Russianes Spanish

A Beginners Guide To Home Mastering

In tutorial #8 we finally dive into the vast ocean that is mastering. It’s a long one, so feel free to skip around to the different sections via the following links:

Minimum Requirements: Monitoring 2:50
Minimum Requirements: Processing 11:08
Goals of Mastering: 25:26
Basic Mastering Techniques: 34:40
Reasons Not to Overcook Your Masters: 52:11

Links to the plug-ins mentioned:
Sonnox Oxford EQ http://www.sonnoxplugins.com/pub/plugins/products/eq.htm
PSP Neon http://www.pspaudioware.com/plugins/equalizers/psp_neon_hr/
Waves PuigChild http://www.waves.com/plugins/puigchild-660-670
Elysia Alpha Master http://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/plugins/detail/elysia_alpha_compressor.html
FabFilter Pro-MB http://www.fabfilter.com/products/pro-mb-multiband-compressor-plug-in
Sonnox Oxford Limiter http://www.sonnoxplugins.com/pub/plugins/products/limiter.htm
PSP Xenon http://www.pspaudioware.com/plugins/dynamic_processors/psp_xenon/

Bob Katz’s excelent book on mastering: http://www.digido.com/products/mastering-audio-book.html

Check out Eitch’s full ‘Health’ EP here: https://soundcloud.com/eitchaudio/sets/health-ep

Mastered for iTunes Plug-Ins and Info: http://www.apple.com/itunes/mastered-for-itunes/

Orban/Foti paper on radio processing: http://www.orban.com/support/orban/techtopics/Appdx_Radio_Ready_The_Truth_1.3.pdf

Video on Omnia.9 FM radio processor: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p40aBqWOwks

You can find out more about me at http://www.ianstewartaudio.us, keep up with me at http://www.facebook.com/ianstewartaudio or @ianstewartaudio on Twitter, and listen to my audio at http://ianstewartaudio.bandcamp.com, http://www.soundcloud.com/ianstewart, and http://mixcloud.com/ianstewart.

If you have any questions or requests for future tutorials, let me know.

Thanks all, see ya next time!


6 thoughts on “A Beginners Guide To Home Mastering

  1. Hey Ian, just stumbled upon your videos, and they are a goldmine of knowledge. Thanks a bunch for creating such helpful content. I have an interesting mastering situation that I'm not really sure how to approach, and it'll be great if you can give a few pointers.

    I recorded a live pop-rock band with two different mics set up right above each other. One is a condenser mic with good mid range and low end. Then I have the H4n stereo mic with really good high ends that I like especially because they are stereo. I tried to take the best frequencies from each track, but always end up feeling like I'm destroying the levels, and mixing mono with stereo is also very tricky. Individually, the tracks sound pretty good already, and I almost feel like it's not worth mixing the two sources together. Are there any techniques you'd recommend?

  2. Love the Alpha compressor, but not sure about the use of the soft clip. I'd like to know more about that feature, seems like it really messes up the sound even at very conservative levels. Brief explanation would be awesome. Thanks

  3. Would love to see you do a tutorial on ableton lives reverb. How all the controls work and what they do. Also some info on pre delay times based on the tempo. Something I've just found out about. Hope you can help. Many thanks.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *