Preparing A Track Or Song For Mastering: Pre Mastering Including 9 Pro Tips

Preparing A Track Or Song For Mastering: Pre Mastering Including 9 Pro Tips
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A complete and informative guide to preparing your track, song or audio for Mastering. From our experience here at Zeitgeist Mastering, many people send in audio for mastering that is just not optimised for best results… This video aims to change all of that… A guide showing you how to get the best and most professional results from audio mastering in 9 essential points and tips. How to export or bounce your track with confidence so that you know that you will get the most out of it! It is really just as important as the Mastering stage itself so it is worth getting right…

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Here is a summary of the 9 ESSENTIAL TIPS:

1. Make sure that there are no effects on your Master Bus when you Bounce or Export!!!

Sub Point: If there is something on your Master Bus that you think you cannot live without, send your Mastering Engineer 2 versions: A No FX Mix and an FX Mix and let your Mastering Engineer know what the effect is. Some prefer to Mix into a Master Bus or 2 Bus Compressor. If so, we say make sure it is a very good one! However, never never leave a limiter in place.

2. Make sure that the level of your Track Peaks somewhere between -6 and -3dB!

3. If the Peak Level of your Track is higher than -3dB, it is best to reduce each tracks level rather than to just drop the master fader.

4. Eliminate any unwanted noise within your Mix.

5. Try to keep your Mix Clean and Dynamic.

6. Leave some silence at the beginning and at the end of your Track (2 – 8 Bars).

7. Bounce your track in the Format that you worked in (24 Bit is the most common and is absolutely adequate).

8. Be sure not to Normalise or to apply any Dither when you Bounce or Export!
**If you do apply dither, use a dither with no noise shaping such as a TPDF (Triangular Probability Density Function) so as not to add unnecessary noise to your track – save the noise shaping for that final conversion done by the mastering engineer! This way, there will be no damage done.

9. Think about realistic and relevant reference tracks that you might be able to suggest to your Mastering Engineer.

If you follow these steps, your Final Audio Master will be the best it can be so it is worth it…

Happy Producing and Premastering!


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In this tutorial I describe how to master an audio track for CD replication in Pro Tools utilizing Pro Tools’ stock plugins. I also show a technique of PRINTING a stereo mix to an audio track in ProTools instead of Bouncing to Disk.




Mastering Cubase Lesson 1

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Mastering Cubase 7 is a 13 lesson tutorial series taught by In Your Ear’s star recording engineer Andrea Stefl. The course was written and produced by Carlos Chafin and Ms. Stefl which covers everything from launching the program to mastering the skills needed for this deep and incredible program. The package of 15 tutorial projects can be purchased, and downloaded from IYE’s online store. Exercises to reinforce recording, editing, tempo and pitch correction, MIDI, mixing techniques, and much more are included. Mastering Cubase 7 consists of over 3 hours of video instruction and up to 20+ hours of practice and implementation. This is a one of a kind course! It’s not just tutorial videos, but embedded lessons, so interaction with the program is encouraged. Welcome to the most comprehensive and friendly Cubase course available at any price!

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How To Master A Song Or Album.

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This video covers how to set up a mastering session within Pro Tools 8, 9, 10,11, & 12 and how you get to this point from your mix session. Please see part 1 of this tutorial titled “Pro Tools 12,11,10, 9 & 8 mixing template and techniques” to understand how to properly master your pro tools sessions. email me at for the templates or simply click the FREE DL link above. enjoy!


Mixing & Mastering Vocals, EQ, Compression Basics Fl Studio 10

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In this video I will be covering some of the basics of Mixing and Mastering with Fl Studio. Included are segments of basic compression of vocals, basic equalizing of vocals and stero shaping of vocals. All the plugins used in the video are basic plugins that come with Fl Studio for free. No additional download is required after the purchase of Fl Studio.

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I explain what rules a mix must follow before it comes to mastering and finally I step through every plugin in the effect chain of the mastering channel.

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How To Record A Song – Part 6: Mixing And Mastering

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At long last – Line 6’s Propellerhead Product Specialist Matt Piper uses Propellerhead Reason software to mix and master his track in this final installment of his “How to Record a Song” series. You can hear the finished song in its entirety here:

Here are links to all the videos in this series:

How to Record a Song — Part 1: Set Up

How to Record a Song — Part 2: Recording Guitar and Bass

How to Record a Song — Part 3: Programming Drums and Percussion

How to Record a Song — Part 4: Keyboards and Editing

How to Record a Song — Part 5: Vocals and Pitch Correction

How to Record a Song — Part 6: Mixing and Mastering

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How To FL Studio Mastering | Compression | Maximizer | Tips And Tricks | Waves | BBE

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FL Studio Cookbook:

– Shaun gives a synopsis on how to get that LOUD sound using free limiters, compressors, and maximizers, as well as tips and tricks using FL Studio Parametric EQ 2 with the Fruity Compressor, and other demonstrations of WAVES and the BBE D82 Sonic Maximizer Plugins.

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Equation Audio RP-15 Headphones:
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