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Three VU meter tips for mastering

Using a VU metering plugin can sometimes be helpful when mastering, despite it being such an old and outdated way of measuring loudness. The LUFS meter is generally more useful for measuring loudness, but the VU meter can provide some basic visual information about dynamics and tonal balance. Note that all “VU meters” are not …

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Calibrating the Sennheiser HD 600 for a Flat Frequency Response

We’ve received a lot of questions about how we calibrate the Sennheiser HD 600 headphones for mastering. In this article, we’ll walk you through the process step by step and show you the specific settings we use. Whether you’re mastering, mixing, producing or just want to ensure that your headphones are performing at their best, …

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Get fatter bass when mixing and mastering using Kotelnikov GE

This is a trick for Kotelnikov GE that you can use for both mixing and mastering. It is especially useful for music where the kick drum is important and you want the compressor to bounce along with the kick. A common problem when doing this with a normal compressor is that the low end gets too …

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Gain staging – Build your perfect mastering chain

This is the first part in a series about building your own mastering chain. We will dive deeper into specifics about the different parts of a mastering chain, like EQs, compressors and peak limiters later. But the first and in our opinion most important step to building a great sounding, versatile and reusable mastering chain …

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Three must-know features in Reaper for mastering

There are many features in Reaper that are very useful when mastering. In this article we’ll have a look at three features that in my opinion are the the most important ones! Feature # 1 – Custom keyboard shortcuts A big reason for the popularity of Reaper is the ability to customize it however you …

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Build your own multiband compressor in Reaper!

Did you know that in Reaper you can turn almost any compressor plugin into a multiband compressor? In this tutorial we’ll discuss two different ways to split the signal into lows, mids and highs and then apply any compressor of your liking to each band. In part one we’ll look at doing this using the …

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Limitless Tutorials – Limitless from DMG Audio

In these two tutorials we will have a look at Limitless from DMG Audio. This is without a doubt one of the best peak limiters available. It is surely a complex plugin. Therefore, we needed to do two Limitless tutorials to cover everything that is fundamental for mastering. In the first part we walk you …

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Multi-band compression in mastering

In this video we talk about how we use multi-band compression when we master records. We are also trying out a new format for our YouTube channel! This conversation was part of a discussion that we had a few days ago. We got inspiration from a question on Facebook about where to put a multi-band …

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Dither Tutorial – Everything you need to know!

We have made a dither tutorial video since we get many questions on this subject. Dithering is one of the most fundamental yet most misunderstood concepts in digital audio. We can give you a lot of theory about how it works and why you need it. In essence though, it is actually very easy to …

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