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Music Mastering Problems – What’s Wrong With This Waveform for Mastering?

What’s wrong with this waveform for mastering? This is a common music mastering problem that I see. Even though I give clients instructions I commonly find clients trying to send me MP3s, and or files with blown up waveforms. The problem with these files is there is no dynamics left and no headroom for me to work on your project.

I made this video to share what your waveform should look like before sending off to a mastering engineer.


#TimeStamps
0:00 Start
00:48 What I Receive
01:26 What the Waveform Should Not Look Like
02:12 What the Waveform Should Look Like
02:21 Waveforms That Clip

#StepByStep

  1. What I Receive – Sometimes I receive files where the waveforms are blown up likely due to a limiter or clipping somewhere.
  2. What the Waveform Should Not Look Like – I give an example of what a waveform should not look like before sending to mastering.
  3. What Your Waveform Should Look Like – IO give an example of what a waveform should look like before sending to mastering.
  4. Waveforms That Clip – Make sure you are not clipping your waveform before sending to a mastering engineer!

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