Mastering

One of the first rules of music production has been to never to master your own mixes. But some rules are meant to be broken: Learn how to polish off your finished mixes without losing your perspective.

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Should you try to win the loudness wars, or do you retain as much dynamic range as possible? You can achieve both! Learn exactly how to fine-tune your mix's dynamics and gain the best of both worlds.

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Setting levels for compression and limiting is a vital part of the mastering process. How much is typical? How loud is too loud? Get valuable tips on how to maintain proper levels for effective mastering.

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Why is limiting needed during mastering? What is the key to effective, tasteful limiting? And how much is too much? Don’t limit your skills by snoozing on these tips.

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Why compress during mastering? Is every compressor a mastering compressor? When is it best to cascade your compressors? Get tips on these questions and more.

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In this article, we’ll look at the top ten tips for applying equalization during mastering – the final stage music passes through before being released to the world.

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Learn how to give your song a professional shine to help it stand out when streaming on the internet, using simple tools designed to master tracks easily.

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Learn how to get your tracks sounding as loud as possible for the dance floor: A quick tip from mixer Dave Darlington (Avicii, David Guetta, Carl Cox).

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Learn how to create 5.1 surround mixes on headphones using the Nx Virtual Mix Room plugin. A tutorial with producer/mixer Simon Vinestock (David Bowie).

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Watch how to EQ your tracks without changing their basic sonic color using the Linear Phase EQ plugin, a transparent equalizer for mixing and mastering.

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