10 PASOS A DAR ANTES DE MASTERIZAR
Esta guía te puede servir para chequear tus mezclas antes de dar el último paso de la cadena y Masterizar.
- Recuerda que la mezcla debe ser la mejor que puedas obtener. El Mastering no es un milagro ni va a poder arreglar una mala mezcla.
- Recuerda también hacer una escucha selectiva buscando clips, ruidos, hiss y demás artefactos que puedan ser amplificados por el mastering. Y chequea tu mezcla en mono para evitar cancelaciones de fase y problemas derivados de la polaridad.
- Evita alcanzar un nivel final cuyos picos alcancen la zona roja o “clipeen” en 0dBFS. Debemos dejar “headroom” o capacidad de procesamiento para el Mastering, así que nuestro nivel final debería rondar entre -12 y -6 dBFS aproximadamente.
- En tu Master o 2 Buss (la pista por la que pasa todo tu proyecto), evita utilizar limitadores ni compresores muy agresivos. Si los tienes y son esenciales para tu sonido, plancha una versión con y otra sin compresión.
- Elimina cualquier plug in del Master Buss que no sea absolutamente necesario o que te genere dudas. Menos es más en este caso.
- Intenta siempre mantener la resolución máxima (Bits-KHz) de tu proyecto e, incluso, piensa en planchar tu mezcla a 32bits para enviarla a Masterizar.
- Si crees que pueden necesitarse veriones instrumentales o trabajas sin posibilidad de recall, plancha varias versiones de tu mezcla (+2dB voz, -2dB voz. +2 dB instrumentos, +2dB batería…)
- Nombra tus archivos de forma coherente y facilmente reconocible, especialmente si has planchado varias mezclas y si vas a trabajar con otras personas.
9.Antes de dar el paso definitivo y una vez que hayas chequeado todos los puntos anteriores, haz una escucha final antes de pasar al mastering para chequear que todo está en su sitio.
- Busca, al menos, 3 referencias sonoras comerciales para la sesion de mastering. Tanto si la haces tú como si la mandas a otro ingeniero, esas referencias son cruciales para alcanzar objetivos competitivos.
How to Prepare Your Track for Mastering
We’re often asked the best way to prepare songs for mastering. Preparing your pre-master correctly is the single most important factor to a good sounding master.
If you spend a bit of time preparing your pre-master correctly, you’ll be giving us the best possible mix to work with, which in turn ensures you get the best results from mastering your music. Please spend a little time reading through this page to ensure you’re sending us the best mixdown and correct format to work with.
Alternatively, check out this great video from Production Bytes, which explains in detail the process of preparing your track for mastering.
We’ve tried to cover everything but if you have any questions which aren’t answered below, please send us an email using our contact page. Please do make sure you read through the following first through.
Can I add any processing to my master bus?
No, please remove all processing from your master channel. Adding processors to the master channel can make it difficult for us to make a great master. EQ, compression and limiting can all affect the dynamics, which is taken care of by us at the mastering stage.
How loud should my pre-master be?
During the main section of your song, the peak level should be about -5db. THIS IS IMPORTANT. Giving us enough headroom to work with will give you a better master. We will use EQ and compression alongside other tools which boost the peak level of your song.
For example, if you send us a song that’s peaking at 0db, our processing will cause the audio to peak above 0db and distort. If you’re unsure of your levels, use a peak meter to measure the output on your master channel. Please note: the master fader must remain at 0db at all times, with the audio peaking through it at -5db.
If you’re unsure of how to measure the output levels in your DAW, there’s many great level meters that you can download for free. We favour the Sonalksis Free G; An excellent free metering vst plugin you can download from the Sonalksis website here; http://www.sonalksis.com/freeg.htm. Put the Free G on your master channel and check the peak reading whilst playing the loudest section of your song.
The following screenshot shows two waveforms; the first is too loud and is peaking at 0db, the second is peaking at -5db, the correct level for mastering.
If you’re unsure whether your song is the correct level, export it, then import the bounced audio file back into your DAW and compare the waveform next to a mastered song. It should look similar to the waveforms above.
If my song is not peaking at -5db, how do I change it?
Do not just lower the master fader; leave the master fader at 0db and lower (or raise) every single channel together in your mix until the overall level is peaking around -5db on the loudest section of your song. Although we do ask for -5db headroom, we will accept anything between -3db and -6db.
What file format should I send?
Please submit your files as 44100hz, 24bit WAV files (16bit is also acceptable). We do not accept MP3s.
Can I submit reference songs and notes?
Yes. We know what commercial levels are and will match your musical genre to these levels. However within each genre there are often differences in EQ and compression. Likewise many artists want a specific sound on their master. For this reason, it’s very helpful to also send a mastered song that has a sound you want. Also, adding any relevant notes can help reduce revisions.
Do I need to record my pre-master with dithering?
No. Dithering is the very last stage of mastering and will be added by us. We will choose the correct dithering settings for each song. If you’ve added dithering, or other plug-ins designed to “enhance” the sound, please remove them. Please also make sure that ‘normalisation’ is off when exporting.
Can I make changes to my song once I’ve received my master?
Yes. Sometimes, mastering can highlight elements in your mixdown that were previously missed. Therefore, once you have received your mastered song, we allow up to 3 revisions with no extra cost. Any more than 3 revisions will incur a fee.
Ya la calle Mayo 24 Booty Booty 🍑🍑
Un junte para los libros de historia, Charlee Way, Ray C. y Friger unen fuerzas junto a los productores Kino y Wolves Can Riot en este perreo para el mundo.
“Booty Booty” cuenta la historia de tres amigos obsesionados con damas mayores en la que comparan las chicas mas jóvenes con esas cuarentonas felices y despampanantes. Este Reggaeton se posiciona como uno de los ‘himnos’ mas sonados en del verano.
Ya En La Calle
De los creadores de Rebota este verano⛱ llega 🍑 BOOTY BOOTY 🍑
Ya en la calle @charleeway @friger @raymusica prod. by @kinolmdr x @wolvescanriot via @empiremusicnation Chekea el vídeo! Disp en todas las plataformas de música digital.
Magnetic Magazine Premiere: NØISE (Lowtempo Mix)
I’ve been a die–hard music fan since my youth, but I began to understand the structure of music when I learned to DJ 12 years ago. After a few years of DJing with vinyl, a program called Serato was introduced that allowed me to DJ using MP3’s with the same control I had with vinyl. As a bonus though, unlike vinyl, MP3’s can be edited and remixed. My first production endeavors were simple re-edits of songs for improved mixing. My friend John Goff, a lifelong analog and electronic musician, would help me with these re-edits and indulged me as I became more ambitious with my arrangements. John suggested that we build some original music together. We put some instrumental compositions together, and then serendipitously met Merritt Lear and her former bandmate Joe Cassidy. Merritt added incredible vocals and melody ideas, and Joe added guitar and production/arrangement. We completed two songs, decided to name our project NØISE, and to rush produce a 7 inch for release at my 50 Shades of Black art show. I worked up some art for a screen-printed cover, and we cut and glued 500 sleeves to complete the NØISE “Little Lions” 45 RPM 7 inch. Additionally, all 500 are signed and numbered but will still be priced at $10… with no added “Art Tax” in sight. You can listen to the music on the turntables provided in the Subliminal Projects gallery, or buy it for the art. To be clear though, this is not an art project with music included, it is a music project with art included. We’ll release some stuff digitally eventually, but it’s vinyl only for now. Get the NØISE “Little Lions” 7 inch at 50 Shades of Black.
Additional North American Dates Announced
DJ Lowtempo is pleased to announce additional dates to the 2017 North American tour!
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New Album by Lowtempo Coming Soon!
Following an already impressive catalog that includes last year’s “Primus EP”on NBGS, “High Key” is LowTempo’s first full-length album on Croma. Crunchy guitar licks, intricate solos and occasional improvisations are the order of the day, combined with hip hop beats, skillfully chopped vocals and tight synth lines to devastating effect.
We’re now exactly one week away from the release date. To make the wait a little smoother, the fatigued one was totally down to the idea of previewing a track for y’all before the album drops. So without wasting too much time, here is the opening track from “High Key”:
“Cherry Bopper” | http://bit.ly/1pOVCo8
Album is out on May 6th!
SoundRise Records produce Cocomo Solo Artist’s New Single “Playa Me”
Ever wonder how your favorite songs are made? Ever wonder what happens between the time it takes your favorite artist to record a song and the time it plays on your radio? The process of making music is a specialized art, and there are a handful of amazing technicians working behind the scenes to help engineer the hits we all love and enjoy.
We recently sat down with legendary record producer and mix engineer Tony Maserati to discuss his evolution in the audio industry, his work with Jason Mraz and what it takes to become a great producer/engineer. Maserati’s work encompasses worldwide sales in excess of 100 million units, and his unique sound can be heard across numerous genres and styles of music. With multiple Grammy Awards to his credit, Maserati’s insights are endless and inspiring!