Posts Tagged ‘signal’

I know you’re not supposed to master your own tracks but we were working on a budget, so instead I just too a 2 week break from doing anything and came back to master with fresh ears. I purchased a copy of Ozone 5 just for the occasion and I must say, it was DEFINITELY worth it, and as I use it more and become more familiar with it I will try put up a basic tutorial for it at some stage.

As for the EP

First was the linear EQ, as you can see I rolled off the bass a little, and gave some broad presence at 2k, this really helped bring the track out and really make some impression on you.

Next was the harmonic exciter, now these things are tempting to just push up and up and up cause they sound so cool and exciting (lol wonder why) but don’t over do it, you can ruin the effect of the song and the rest of your mix work. As you can see I’ve tried to keep mine relatively minimal with a bit more in the mid and highs were its most effective.

I didn’t do too much with the dynamics and compression apart from the mids, but this was a light deep compressor to bring out some of the clarity and harmonics a little more.

Next is the most noticeable part of mastering, the loudness maximising, I wanted a really full track, but I didn’t want it to just blare in your face so I went for a quite smooth heavy maximiser, and some MBIT+ dither to spread the noise evenly.

I did quite a bit of experimenting with the stereo spread and converting in and out of mono, switching phase, ect, to make sure any spreading I did didn’t cause and phase cancelling, I found some really awesome settings, but many of them didn’t work at all in mono which meant they were best to avoid, or at least tweak, in the end these are the settings I went with.

finally the post EQ, all this work had given really great spread, clarified highs but the bass became a little over powering, so I pulled that down a little and gave a tiny bit more low mids and tiny bit less high mids.

So that was my process for mastering ‘Fairly Natural’ the first serious release by my good friend and the very talented Sam Luff, please check him out and comment on my recording, mixing and mastering with your ideas, advice, questions and opinions as I’d love to hear them.

When a signal is out of phase it creates comb filtering problems, and when a signal has offset timing it can also create comb filtering, however it can also create a bigger/wider (if panned left and right) sound, but I am curious to what happens if you invert the polarity AND offset the timing. What would happen? would it sound terrible? would it sound whacked out in the awesomest way? When I get a chance to find out I’ll put it up here and we’ll know, but if anyone has any links to anything like that I’d love to see them.

Our lecture talked about the different dBs today and their common levels, 0 dBm being 1 mw in a matched 600 ohm load circuit creating .775v, +4 dBm being a 1.228v circuit for a stronger signal, meaning you have to pull your VU meters back so they’re not always maxed out, +4 dBu being a 1.228v signal in an unloaded circuit and finally -10dBV, a 1v signal regardless of impedance, reduced by 10dB, generally used by all consumer electronics.