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Audio Mastering Blog

March 29th 2014

Here's some interesting feedback from Christian Ghahremanian (reader of MasteringTuition.com's advanced eBook - The Secret Notebook of a Mastering Engineer). He talks of his experience with Bob Katz' 'K-System' and how MasteringTuition.com has helped:

"Hi David!

I´ve already purchased your second book, thx. I just write to you to say thanks!
I really love dynamic stuff and I admire Bob Katz´s effort for his K-Measurement - but I always had problems to hold the pressure at 0... no matter which K-standard I were trying to use...

After reading your books and refreshing all the stuff I´ve already learnt years ago, I finally don´t have a problem anymore to master considering Ks standard, and my works sounds great now!.. Thanks David that you´ve written books like this...they are really educating and well written - good job!

BR

Christian Ghahremanian"


 

March 23rd 2014

These are currently the five most popular articles at MasteringTuition.com (updated March 2014). Data provided by Google Analytics.

No.1: Advanced Technique No.1 'Ultra Depth'. How to add depth and space to a mix using psychoacoustic manipulation. Find it here:

http://www.masteringtuition.com/index.php/secret-no-1

No. 2: Fatness & RMS - Explains what RMS is and how it relates to loudness and fatness. Further discussion into compression techniques that can fatten a mix on another level. All the time helping you realise your goal when mastering your music. Find it here:

http://www.masteringtuition.com/index.php/dynamics-processing-index/fatness-and-rms

No.3: EQ, Tone & The Frequency Spectrum - Explores the idea of shaping the frequency spectrum using EQ, equipping the track with a tonal balance that will translate well to different music playing systems. Find it here:

http://www.masteringtuition.com/index.php/tonal-spectral-processing-index/eq-tone-and-the-frequency-spectrum

No.4: Multi-Band Compression - An introduction to a very useful tool. Discusses the major differences in operation from single-band compression. Find it here:

http://www.masteringtuition.com/index.php/dynamics-processing-index/multi-band-compression

No.5: Definition of Audio Mastering - Explains why mastering is so important. Begins to paint the picture of what it is we are trying to achieve when mastering music. Find it here:

http://www.masteringtuition.com/index.php/definition-of-mastering 


 

March 20th 2014

Hey Folks 

Just to let you know that the free download of 'The Audio Mastering Blueprint' is now working again. Due to some technical issues earlier this week, the download had stopped working.

All is back to normal now. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

I hope you all enjoy using the same techniques I use to get a commercial sounding finish.

You can go straight to the download page via this link:

http://masteringtuition.com/index.php/ebook-download


 

March 12th 2014

Comment from Silvere Koulouris via FaceBook referring to Feb Article of the Month 'How to add depth and space to a mix using psychoacoustic manipulation':

"This is "THE" Tip !!! you made my day with this incredible technique. strong song with details and stereo improvement. Many thanks, probably gona take a look at your book."


 

February 24th 2014

MasteringTuition.com Article of the Month - Feb 2014:

"How to add depth and space to a mix using psychoacoustic manipulation"

I'm about to show you an incredible way to add more depth to the mix at the mastering stages.

This technique is like building your own plugin. It works by arranging a series of buses and some very simple plugins which you will probably have as part of your DAW. If you haven't, don't worry because I'll show you where you can download them for free.

What you're basically going to do is set up a matrix which splits your master chain signal in two. One signal will receive processing but the other will not. The two signals (one wet and one dry) will then be mixed back together. The new signal, comprised of both the wet and dry signal, will contain the Ultra Depth effect.

Wet signal: The wet signal will undergo a very short time delay, attenuation and EQ. It will also experience a left and right swap to become right and left, and finally a phase invert is applied to the right channel only. The signal is then routed to the output channel. I'll provide specific settings for the wet signal once I've explained how to set this up inside your DAW. 

Dry signal: The dry signal receives no processing. The signal is routed straight to the output channel (mixing in with the wet signal). 

The signal at the output channel will comprise of the original audio (dry signal), combined with a delayed and processed version of itself mixed in (wet signal). Almost like an echo.

Read rest of this article here:

http://masteringtuition.com/index.php/secret-no-1


 

February 23rd 2014

'Pro Audio Mastering Made Easy' Now available on Amazon.

Can you do you your own audio mastering? Does it turn out how you'd like?

Most people don't have access to racks of high end mastering equipment, you're probably one of them. With the growing popularity of websites like SoundCloud and YouTube, having the skills to do a decent job of your own audio mastering is becoming increasingly more important. Many artists/producers simply can't afford to pay an audio mastering service to do their mastering every single time they'd like to upload a new track for their fans to check out. A must read is my 'Pro Audio Mastering Made Easy'. Find it here...

http://amazon.com/dp/B00I5Q71YE

This book explains and demonstrates how to achieve a commercial sounding finish using software found in any typical home/project studio. You may wonder if that's possible but I know it can be done. I started an audio mastering business using nothing more than standard plugins and clever techniques. Customers loved my work and kept coming back. Over time as my business built up, I was able to buy more expensive equipment, but I still stick to the original techniques that I know will get a commercial sound, no matter what tools are used. Here's why: 
About the first 90% of getting that commercial sound is technique. The final 10% is the tools you use. So before you go and buy the most expensive compressor and EQ, it's a lot more financially worthwhile to instead invest some 'time' rather than money into learning the techniques used to get a commercial sounding finish. It can be done with what you already possess.

http://amazon.com/dp/B00I5Q71YE

Purchase this book now to discover what techniques are used to make a master sound bigger than the space that exists between the speakers. 

David S Eley

http://amazon.com/dp/B00I5Q71YE 


 

January 15th 2014

These are currently the five most popular articles (updated January 2014)

No.1 Setting Up Your Compressor - A detailed guide on setting up a compressor in mastering situations. Find it here:http://www.masteringtuition.com/index.php/dynamics-processing-index/compression-in-mastering

No.2 Advanced Technique No.1 'Ultra Depth'. How to add depth and space to a mix using psychoacoustic manipulation. Find it here:http://www.masteringtuition.com/index.php/secret-no-1

No.3 Fatness & RMS - Explains what RMS is and how it relates to loudness and fatness. Further discussion into compression techniques that can fatten a mix on another level. All the time helping you realise your goal when mastering your music. Find it here:http://www.masteringtuition.com/index.php/dynamics-processing-index/fatness-and-rms

No.4 Limiters & RMS - Leading on from the previous pages, this article describes in great detail how a limiter ties in with the subject of RMS giving you a greater understanding of the very purpose of the limiter and how best to use it. Find it here:http://www.masteringtuition.com/index.php/dynamics-processing-index/limiters-rms

No.5 EQ, Tone & The Frequency Spectrum - Explores the idea of shaping the frequency spectrum using EQ, equipping the track with a tonal balance that will translate well to different music playing systems. Find it here:http://www.masteringtuition.com/index.php/tonal-spectral-processing-index/eq-tone-and-the-frequency-spectrum 


 

December 19th 2013

Do your own audio mastering?

Good news for engineers: The combined audio mastering course and accompanying eBook at MasteringTuition.com are currently being converted into one easy to follow ebook which will be available on Amazon and other book stores early in the new year. Following this will be the hard copy version also available at Amazon. If you would like to be reminded as soon as the book is ready, simply follow this link and sign up to my mastering news letter here:

http://masteringtuition.com/index.php/ebook-download

Thank you all for your support and merry Christmas! 


 

December 10th 2013

When audio mastering, it's important to go easy, making very slight adjustments at a time. In most situations, no single mastering technique should dramatically change the way the track sounds. If a mix demands heavy handed adjustments to bring it in line, you might consider if the mix is as good as it can be.


 

October 22nd 2013

These are currently the five most popular articles (updated October 2013):

No.1... Setting Up Your Compressor - A detailed guide on setting up a compressor in mastering situations. Read it here:

http://www.masteringtuition.com/index.php/dynamics-processing-index/compression-in-mastering

No.2... Advanced Technique No.1 'Ultra Depth'. How to add depth and space to a mix using psychoacoustic manipulation. Read it here:

http://www.masteringtuition.com/index.php/secret-no-1

No.3... Fatness & RMS - Explains what RMS is and how it relates to loudness and fatness. Further discussion into compression techniques that can fatten a mix on another level. All the time helping you realise your goal when mastering your music. Read it here:

http://www.masteringtuition.com/index.php/dynamics-processing-index/fatness-and-rms

No.4... Definition of Mastering - Explains why mastering is so important. Begins to paint the picture of what it is we are trying to achieve when mastering music. Read it here:

http://www.masteringtuition.com/index.php/definition-of-mastering

No.5... EQ, Tone & The Frequency Spectrum - Explores the idea of shaping the frequency spectrum using EQ, equipping the track with a tonal balance that will translate well to different music playing systems. Read it here:

http://www.masteringtuition.com/index.php/tonal-spectral-processing-index/eq-tone-and-the-frequency-spectrum


 

October 10th 2013

Hey friends. Here's an interesting article I found in a forum discussing my 'Ultra Depth' mastering technique for increasing the perceived depth and width of your masters. They come up with some interesting ways of varying the technique using Ozone 5 and other things. It's in Italian so you will have to use google translate (unless you speak Italian of course!) Here it is:
http://www.logicforum.it/vb/archive/index.php/t-64854.html
And here's a link to the 'Ultra Depth' mastering technique of which they are discussing:
http://masteringtuition.com/index.php/secret-no-1
Hope you all find it useful. Thank you all for your support. Like my page if you like what you read 
Dave Eley - TGM Audio


 September 30th 2013

Feedback via email from from Earle Holder, Chief Mastering Engineer at HDQTRZ Mastering Studios and creator of the Har-Bal Harmonic Equaliser:
“Hello David
I have always believed that one is never too old to learn something new. I purchased your material because it appeared you have a real passion for your craft as do I.
I thought your tutorials were well written and easily understood. The area that I read where you stated that you were mastering a project for an individual over a three year period was priceless. I was easily able to relate to your dilemma of constantly improving your craft and the need to go back and redo the previous masters because you were constantly learning and becoming more proficient.
There is plenty of business to go around so I support my fellow mastering engineers who appear to be honorable.
Both of your books were a breath of fresh air and I will be sure to tell others who are getting started in this wonderful field to purchase your books.
Cheers
Earle Holder
Chief Mastering Engineer
HDQTRZ Mastering Studios”


 September 16th 2013

These are currently the five most popular articles (updated September 2013)...

Fatness & RMS - Explains what RMS is and how it relates to loudness and fatness. Further discussion into compression techniques that can fatten a mix on another level. All the time helping you realise your goal when mastering your music. Find it here:

http://www.masteringtuition.com/index.php/dynamics-processing-index/fatness-and-rms

Limiters - Leading on from the previous page, this article talks about limiters and RMS, providing some useful guide lines on using limiters in mastering situations. Find it here:

http://www.masteringtuition.com/index.php/dynamics-processing-index/limiters

Limiters & RMS - Leading on from the previous pages, this article describes in great detail how a limiter ties in with the subject of RMS giving you a greater understanding of the very purpose of the limiter and how best to use it. Find it here:

http://www.masteringtuition.com/index.php/dynamics-processing-index/limiters-rms

EQ, Tone & The Frequency Spectrum - Explores the idea of shaping the frequency spectrum using EQ, equipping the track with a tonal balance that will translate well to different music playing systems. Find it here:

http://www.masteringtuition.com/index.php/tonal-spectral-processing-index/eq-tone-and-the-frequency-spectrum

Advanced Technique No.1 'Ultra Depth'. How to add depth and space to a mix using psychoacoustic manipulation. Find it here:

http://www.masteringtuition.com/index.php/secret-no-1


September 15th 2013

New feature at MasteringTuition.com. Sign up for my news letter which discusses the mastering techniques of current music. Sign up here:http://masteringtuition.com/index.php/ebook-download