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Mastering 101 - Daniel Wyatt's Mastering Tips.
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Is it OK to master your own tracks?
Why is it recommended to use reference tracks?
Reference tracks are training wheels for beginners
To make your track slightly louder than the reference track
As a guide, to make sure the energy of your track is similar to the reference track
To copy the same frequencies and loudness
Which of the following effect is often used in mastering to remove harshness?
A Fairchild compressor has attack, release and ratio controls that can be set by the user. True or false?
How much headroom should you leave before mastering?
It doesn't matter, as long as your mix doesn't clip
Between -1 dB and -5 dB of headroom
Between -2 dB and - 4 dB of headroom
Between -3 dB and -6 dB of headroom
How much reverb can you use when mastering?
You should never use reverb in mastering
Only spring reverbs
Just a little bit
What is a good technique for applying post EQ?
Use subtractive EQ only
Low cut everything below 100 hZ
Sweep around using a moderate Q to find the sweet spots
Hi-cut everything above 10 kHz
Mastering engineers are known for sharing their secrets with anyone. True or false?
Should you preview your mix with bus limiting before sending it to a mastering engineer?
Yes, but don't forget to turn it off before bouncing your mix
Yes, and you should leave it on before bouncing
No, you should avoid limiting at all cost. The mastering engineer will take care of it.
It doesn't matter
Which of the following should you avoid when working with a mastering engineer?
Let the mastering engineer do his/her thing
Listening to the master on a variety of systems
Send the mastered track to your friends that you trust for opinion
Backseat drive the mastering engineer
Which of the following is a mix bus compressor?
FabFilter Pro L
The ear is most efficient when listening between...
50 and 55 dB SPL
80 and 85 dB SPL
60 and 65 dB SPL
40 and 45 dB SPL
There are many important things to do if want to master your own tracks. Which of the following is NOT one of them?
Knowing your room
Listening to your mix very loud
Listening to lots of well-mastered music
Using a reference track
A quiet intro can make a track feels louder when the main section of the track comes in. True or false?
When using M/S processing, which frequencies is recommended to filter out with a high-pass filter in the Side information?
Below 30 Hz
Below 50 Hz
Between 100 Hz and 300 Hz
Between 1 kHz and 10 kHz
Which technique offers more flexibility to the mastering engineer?
When mastering a collection of songs, the ______________________ should retain the same space and level throughout the songs.
singer or lead melodic instrument
Where should you set the limiter in the mastering chain, and when should you set its controls?
The limiter should be last in the chain, and you should also set it last to get the track into commercial loudness at the very end of the mastering process
The limiter should be first in the chain, but you should set it last to get the track into commercial loudness at the very end of the mastering process
It doesn't matter
The limiter should be last in the chain, but you should set it first to get the track into commercial loudness right away
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