Audio Engineering

Demystifying 5 Common Mastering Questions

Comments (32)
  1. David Glenn says:

    Brilliant article. Thanks for taking the time, Adam! Hugely helpful!

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Thanks @davidglennrecording:disqus You rock! I appreciate your kind words! Adam rules! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  2. Joey Fernandez says:

    Awesome article!!

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Thanks @joey_fernandez:disqus I really appreciate it!! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  3. Sketchie sKETCH says:

    nice, liking this a lot and thanks.

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @sketchiesketch:disqus Yes Adam did a great job!! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  4. L Scott Knight says:

    Is Mastering for media type normally a package deal or does one order each sort of a la carte?

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @l_scott_knight:disqus Go over to Adam’s Forum this week and I’m sure he will answer any questions you have! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  5. Wiz says:

    Could you explain please, as to why printing a mix below -6dBfs is “wasting resolution’? How is a mix printed peaking at -6dBFs any less accurate than a mix with peaks at -12dBFs?

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @disqus_ZUhS4Sh7Mc:disqus Please go over to Adam’s Forum and ask him any questions you have this week! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  6. Frederick Thorne says:

    Great Blog, Very helpful and insightful. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @frederickthorne:disqus Thanks very much! Yes Adam rules!! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  7. jolyoncox says:

    Excellent article. Very helpful for me. Many thanks, Adam.

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @plap-disqus-7f1de29e6da19d22b51c68001e7e0e54:disqus Yes Adam is amazing!! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  8. Martin Weeks says:

    Thank you Adam for the great in sites to the processes. and Thank you Warren for sharing this article. Y’all have a “Bodacious Weekend Now!!”

    Marty

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @martin_weeks:disqus Thanks for reading! It’s a great blog from Adam! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  9. eX Cess says:

    Yep, very helpful.
    Especially nowadays where so mcuh is put on the mixbus that I kind of wonder what’s left for the mastering engineer to work with…

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @plap-disqus-4734ba6f3de83d861c3176a6273cac6d:disqus I’m sure sometimes there isn’t much! But all of you on here are here to learn and grow and maintain your integrity because this is your passion! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  10. Ben Rico says:

    Great Stuff… Thank you for sharing!!!

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @plap-disqus-46ba9f2a6976570b0353203ec4474217:disqus Aw shucks thanks! I really appreciate that! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  11. Nisse Björn says:

    Great reading! Thanks.

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @nissebjrn:disqus Thank you!! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  12. Mange says:

    Maybe not my top 5 questions to a mastering engineer. Definately the answers I would expect. Especially revealed by the answer to question 3 as I always wondered about the average master slutz mantra to send files to ME with enough headroom to work with. This answer make total sense to me.
    Looking forward to the days at the forum.

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @plap-disqus-37a749d808e46495a8da1e5352d03cae:disqus definitely my top 5 questions! I get asked these ones all the time, I’m very glad he answered them! Please go to the Forum and ask your questions, I’ll be excited to hear them and Adam’s answers! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  13. Kamil Śliwiński says:

    As always, great read! Always learning new things on here. Quick question though, what is an RMS value?

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @kamil_liwi_ski:disqus RMS is a horrible term! haha it literally means ‘root mean square’ yes I’m sure you are more confused, I was when I first heard that! Ultimately people use ‘rms’ to describe ‘audio power’! I hope that somewhat helps? Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

      1. Kamil Śliwiński says:

        Yes, yeas that helped a lot! I know you said to use your best judgement and to have the mix not too hot, but not too quiet pre-mastering, but is there a general RMS value that would be considered “healthy” to send to a master engineer? I tend to use the Slate Digital FG-X to check the values, but since I honestly don’t fully understand what the values mean anyway, it’s hard to gauge what would be considered good or bad. Any thoughts?

        -Kamil S.

        1. Warren Huart says:

          Hi @kamil_liwi_ski:disqus That’s a great question! Honestly I use logic, I don’t have long term peaks/clipping but I’m not printing too low! Did you leave Adam a question? Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  14. Danny MacNevin says:

    Excellent stuff to know! Thanks again Warren!

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @dannymacnevin:disqus You’re welcome!! Thanks very much! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  15. fuzzbox says:

    Number 3 well, well, well… I was always told to get the levels to no more that -10 dBfs and let mastering to the rest! I’ve been using that for awhile and not bothering to try it at near 0 dBfs… or -2 dBfs. So, why was/is -15-10 dBfs considered to be the norm (in my case anyway) with mastering raising it?

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @plap-disqus-f2217062e9a397a1dca429e7d70bc6ca:disqus Wonderful stuff! It seems like you have a great process! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

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