Mastering

A reference track can serve as a welcome reality check when you’re mixing or mastering – but if you’re just giving it a quick A/B you are probably not getting the full picture. Time to learn how to do it right.

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Let’s BUST 10 popular mastering myths—we’ll filter out the facts, avoid limiting our viewpoints, compress a whole bunch of information in one article and maximize our understanding.

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There’s nothing quite like the glue, punch and excitement that a lightly hit mix bus compressor can add to a song. In this old-school shootout, we compare 6 different compression flavors for your mix bus.

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Top mastering engineer Piper Payne discusses mastering your own music and answers viewers’ questions in this special live masterclass broadcast. Originally streamed live from her studio May 27, 2020.

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‘Tone’ is one of the hardest things to get right when mastering. Learn how to harness the unique tonal color of Waves’ Abbey Road TG Mastering plugin, in this in-depth tutorial with mastering engineer Ian Shepherd, covering loudness, compression and EQ.

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Do you need to shine a spotlight on a particular part in a song? Or match the ‘attitude’ of different songs created and mixed at different times? Find out where the Scheps Parallel Particles plugin can help you the most.

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Between the loudness wars and the age of digital streaming, it can be difficult to know how to confidently set your mastering levels. Mixer Sean Divine shows you how to accurately set LUFS and True Peak levels for streaming using the Waves WLM Plus.

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Dither is one of the least understood topics when it comes to mixing and mastering, but it can actually come in handy. We’ve compiled a one-stop shop for understanding when, why and how to use dithering.

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How can you give your Hip Hop productions a radio-ready sound? Mixer Sean Divine shows how he uses Waves Infected Mushroom Pusher, a plugin suite designed to maximize the body, impact and “push” of your mix into a pumping master.

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Multi-platinum producer/engineer Lu Diaz (Jay-Z, Beyoncé, DJ Khaled, Pitbull) shows you 10 vital tips for getting loud, clean and dynamic mixes and preparing your mix for the final mastering stage with the Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain.

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