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  • Interesting Mastering Technique

    I wanted to master Mark Longworth's "Magic Spell" to make it "dance music-friendly," which means really loud, bright, heavy kick, etc. But, I hate killing dynamics like that. I thought that if parallel compression could work for drums, maybe it could work for mastering...

    So I bounced the tracks down to a heavily "squashed" track using an L3 Ultramaximizer, with some extra low end to push the kick and some high end for sparkle. Then, I bounced the tracks again, but mixed the squashed track in around -12dB.

    I thought it worked very well, and it's the version I'll be putting behind the video. Now, not all DAWs can handle this task elegantly, but Sonar is sample-accurate so the tracks can co-exist in parallel without any weirdness.

    Anyway, this probably isn't an original idea, but I haven't seen it mentioned elsewhere and thought y'all might find it interesting. Try it out and see what you think.

    There are now 14 music videos posted on my YouTube channel, including four songs by Mark Longworth. Watch the music video playlist, subscribe, and spread the links! Check back often, because there's more to come...

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    I'm curious as to why you didn't just develop your mastering mix in realtime using sends and bus compressors?

    I have some old mixes I used to like but now sound 'too dull' by the sparkly standards of the day (which, despite my rugged iconoclasm nonetheless have subverted my own sensibilties to some extent), so I think I may try a variation on this.

    Thanks for the tip!   thumb.gif

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      blue2blue wrote:

      I'm curious as to why you didn't just develop your mastering mix in realtime using sends and bus compressors?

      Because I would have had to think of it at the time This was more of an after-the-fact thing. I'd already done a master I liked, but it wasn't horrible enough to meet today's standards. That's when I thought "I wonder if..."

  • #3

    Interesting Craig, I`ll have to experiment with that.

    Something I`ve been playing around with during mastering of late is to compress/limit the low and top ends while leaving the mids untouched. I`m not shooting for maximum loudness but I am looking to keep things dynamic in the mid range with a steady low end and rounder top.