MASTERING ENGINEERS ADVICE — low end

HOW TO CREATE IRRESISTIBLE MASTERING

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HOW TO CREATE IRRESISTIBLE MASTERING

Something that I see people doing a lot is they'll start adding just top end to a master. They add some high end, and suddenly it's more open and louder, and then they add limiters on it, and they're done. I don't like it. That, for me, is a cheap gal: an easy trick to get something to sound louder and better instantly. It gets the job done, but weirdly. And you're never going to be able to get it sounding like incredible like that. You might as well just put it into LandR. Now, what you want to do...

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QUICK TIP: TIGHTING UP KICKS

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QUICK TIP: TIGHTING UP KICKS

We all want that big, thumping kick going on. But sometimes it's quite hard to do because you might have a few different instruments working in that area, getting in the way of each other. The way I approach this is I forget about what's doing what and who's doing what in the low end. I'm listening to this whole sound of kick – not to the individual instruments – which goes anywhere from like 20 Hertz up to about 100 Hertz, and around the outside too. What I do is get that, so it's a bit tighter. For me,...

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