Welcome back to our Distinct Mastering YouTube channel, where we unravel the art of audio mastering. This week, we have something special in store for you as we take a journey through the masterful world of live music. Join us as we delve into the details of mastering a captivating performance by Sébastien Léger live at Camino Riviera in San Diego, CA. And a shoutout to Music Is 4 Lovers for making this musical spectacle happen!GET A FREE STEREO MASTERED SAMPLE
Mastering can be intimidating, especially if you’re not sure where to start. That’s why I have created this tutorial on mastering set-up made easy. I’ll be showing you how to set up Ableton templates for mastering. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced audio engineer, these templates can save you time and help you get professional-quality results. I’ll walk you through the process step-by-step and show you how to customize your templates to fit your specific needs. By the end of this video, you’ll be well on your way to mastering like a pro! Download my Ableton mastering template.
Mastering can be intimidating, especially if you’re not sure where to start. That’s why I have created this tutorial on mastering set-up made easy. I’ll be showing you how to set up Pro Tools templates for mastering. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced audio engineer, these templates can save you time and help you get professional-quality results. I’ll walk you through the process step-by-step and show you how to customize your templates to fit your specific needs. By the end of this video, you’ll be well on your way to mastering like a pro! Download my Pro Tools mastering template!
Some of my clients are getting a bit confused at my new upload form on my website. I’m now using an application called Bounce Boss, and its great because it is an intelligent audio collaboration tool, plus it gives everyone the ability to upload different versions like stems, references, final mixes and masters. We can comment and go back and forth about files. I made this video this week to go over how to use it and upload your files to me for mixing and mastering projects.
This week we are going to discuss gain staging and why this is the most critical thing you need to pay attention to. I had a big discussion with one of my clients about this so I created this video. The tricky thing is gain staging applies literally everywhere, from recording, to mixing and mastering. I discuss and share examples of how you need to properly gain stage in your DAW and what you need to do before sending your tracks for mastering so your gain staging is proper.
Exciting news to share! Distinct Mastering is now a certified Apple Digital Masters mastering house. That’s right you can get your music certified with the digital masters certification badge in the Apple ecosystem. Learn about Apple Digital Masters and how they can benefit your music.
Apple has created a specific encoding process which they use to ensure quality files so you’e music can be heard as it was intended. The process for artists requires to work with high quality files and we will test and prep your files for preparation into the Apple ecosystem. You can use our mastering house to get the Apple Digital Masters (previously known as Mastered for iTunes) certification bade. If you’re interested in getting your music mastered for Apple and be certified contact us today!
This week I get into the topic of audio dithering. Do you know what dithering is? Are you incorrectly using because you don’t even know it’s on. Do you even know that it’s happening if you do a certain thing? Do you know when you need to use it? All these questions answered! If you’re a music producer learn three rules to follow when it comes to dithering in music production.
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.
Ever ask yourself is mastering necessary? Are you releasing tracks without professional mastering? Likely you won’t be getting the best results. For example, your tracks are likely not competing with other professional tracks on the market. Another example, your tracks might not be getting the polish and sheen they need to sound like a quality production. Check this video out for a quick look at what mastering can do for you!
Please do not send me MP3’s and learn why they are not good for mastering. I often get MP3s sent by clients for free samples and I decided to create this video to share why I will not master MP3s.
MP3s are heavily degraded in quality. First I quickly explain what an MP3 is with a Wikipedia definition. Then I go into what files are acceptable to send to me as an MP3. Lastly, I share how what happens when you convert to an MP3 with phase cancellation.
This is a perfect example of what happens every time you convert to an MP3 so imagine converting multiple times. You only want to convert to an MP3 once after the mastering stage. Check out the video to learn more.