Basic Mastering CONCEPTS

The first order of mastering a song is objectivity. This is also one of the reason self mastering is so difficult.

Music mastering is two focus: Dynamic and Sonic and has two prongs: problems and enhancements.

Listen to the mix while watching a spectrum analyzer to help identify issues. If a problem is found, ask yourself, what is the root of the problem. If it is a specific and identifiable instrument/track, go back to it mix to fix.  Do not just apply eq to the whole master, for example.

Ask yourself when objectively listening, “If I could fix one thing, what would it be?” And let this be your guide. Fix in the mix as much as possible and make very small adjustments in the master/overall.

Regarding compression and limiters these are to address dynamic issues. Overall volume and loudness. Compression is better than pure limiter/RMS to increase loudness. Audio compressed is smoother and adds character. A limiter is a final tweak to deliver correct LUFs and TP.

This is not a subjective part of music making. Beware of volume changes as louder easily can fool you as better.

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