Mastering and MixBus

Nowadays, most home-studio producers want to master their own mixes. As most mixes are not released commercially home-studio producers still want to optimise their mixes for the various streaming standards in the event they want to market their content online.

The problems facing these producers are that of knowledge and experience.
Mastering is a completely different ballgame to mixing and requires a different mindset to that of the mix producer.

This category of video tutorials aims to help you in understanding how to best manage the master bus of your DAW project and to confidently master your demos.

Learn the requirements for Mastering music, the processes it entails and how to achieve the perfect master by managing the MixBus correctly and creatively.

Tutorials


Brickwall Limiting



Beginner

A detailed tutorial explaining what a brickwall limiter is, how it works and how to use it on a stereo mix.
Duration: 8 mins



Multiband Compression - what is it and how do you use it



Beginner

A detailed tutorial on what is a multiband (MBC) compressor, how does it work and how to use it to treat a Hip Hop mix.
Duration: 18 mins



Compression - what is it and how to use it



Beginner

What is a compressor, how does it work and how and when to use it.
Duration: 25 mins



Mix Bus Compressor Topologies - which compressor to use on the master bus



Intermediate

Covering the various compressor topologies (designs) for the Mix Bus and how best to use and configure them.
Duration: 13 mins



The 4 Modes of Compression and Expansion



Intermediate

Covering all forms of Downward and Upward Compression and Downward and Upward Expansion.
Duration: 11 mins



Compressor Types - FET , Opto, VCA and Vari-Mu



Intermediate

Detailed explanation of the various types of compressors with processed before/after audio examples to display the differences between compressor designs.
Duration: 18 mins



Transparent Brickwall Limiting



Intermediate

How to use a limiter transparently for pre-mastering for your mixes.
Duration: 7 mins



Transparent Limiting with a Compressor



Beginner

How to use a compressor as a transparent Limiter for pre-mastering your mixes.
Duration: 7 mins



Cubase Balanced Panner versus Combined Panner



Beginner

What are the differences between Balanced and Combined Panners within your DAW and how and when to use them.
Duration: 7 mins



Band Pass Equalisation - cleaning audio channels



Intermediate

How to prepare your audio for mixing by using band pass equalisation for cleaning and making sure to shape the filter slopes to match the audio's response.
Duration: 13 mins



Mixing to Pink Noise



Intermediate

A detailed mix tutorial on how to use Pink Noise as a reference to control and manage gain levels within your DAW.
Duration: 19 mins



Gain Staging using True Peak Meters



Beginner

Using True Peak Meters (LUFS) to gain stage for mixing and calibrating channel levels in your DAW.
Duration: 12 mins



Gain Staging using VU Meters



Beginner

What are VU Meters, how do they work and how to calibrate them for mixing. This tutorial explains all and guides you through the processes required gain stage your mixes using VU meters.
Duration: 11 mins



Headroom and Dynamic Range



Beginner

Learn about structuring your mixes for maximum headroom and dynamic range and how to avoid the usual pitfalls faced with channel summing.
Duration: 9 mins



ISP - Intersample Peaks



Intermediate

What are Intersample Peaks (ISP) and how do you control them.
Duration: 9 mins



DIY Mastering using Pink Noise



Intermediate

The entire Mixing to Pink Noise process covered and including how to use mastered profiles on your mixes.
Duration: 25 mins



The Pan Law



Beginner

What is the Pan Law and how it affects your mixes. Setting the right preferences in your DAW is critical and The Pan Law plays a big part in that.
Duration: 14 mins



Summing in a Mix within your DAW



Intermediate

Summing in your DAW, how to manage gains and frequencies for maintaining headroom and clarity.
Duration: 5 mins



Metering Explained - VU LUFS LU K-Ref....



Advanced

How to read and calibrate all the various Meters within your DAW.
Duration: 25 mins



Cubase Meter - Customising



Beginner

Customising your DAW's Metering to suit your needs in Cubase.
Duration: 10 mins



Valves/Tubes - what are they and how do they work



Advanced

What are valves/tubes, how do they work, and how and when to use them.
Duration: 10 mins



Tape Saturation - what is it and how do you use it



Advanced

What is tape saturation, how does it work and when and how to use it.
Duration: 13 mins



Phase - what is total and partial phase cancellation



Beginner

Discover what phase is and what total and partial phase cancellation are and when they occur.
Duration: 11 mins



Normalisation - what it is and how to use it



Beginner

What is normalisation - what are Peak and RMS normalisation.
Duration: 6 mins



Working the Air Band with Equalisation



Intermediate

Equalisation techniques to control and process the Air Band.
Duration: 9 mins



Active, Passive, Graphic, Parametric, Fixed and Peaking Eqs



Intermediate

What are the various types of equaliser designs/topologies what are the differences between them, and how and when to use them.
Duration: 13 mins



Dynamic EQ - what is it and how do you use it



Intermediate

What is Dynamic Equalisation, how it works and how to use it.
Duration: 8 mins



Eq Filters and Slopes/Responses



Intermediate

Which filters to select when using equalisation, how to match filter slopes and responses and how best to utilise them.
Duration: 13 mins



Linear Phase Eq versus Minimum Phase Eq



Intermediate

A detailed tutorial on the differences between Linear and Minimum Phase topologies-how and when to use them.
Duration: 11 mins



Mastering Demos with EQ



Advanced

How to best prep your demo masters with equalisation.
Duration: 5 mins



Mastering EQ - Air Band Processing



Advanced

How to process the Air Band using equalisation - add sparkle and space to your mixes.
Duration: 8 mins



Creating the 3 master reverbs using the FabFilter Pro R reverb



Advanced

Crafting the three main master mix reverbs using FabFilter Pro-R reverb.
Duration: 9 mins



Constructing the 3 master mix reverbs using Melda MReverb



Advanced

The art and science of working the main mix reverbs in series and in parallel using Melda's MReverb plugin..
Duration: 9 mins



Reverb - manipulating distance using Proximity



Intermediate

Learn about the reverb proximity effect and how to control it. Create distance and 'behind' you effects using TDR's Proximity.
Duration: 9 mins



iZotope Ozone Reverb - how to create a mix reverb



Beginner

A very cool technique for creating that elusive master reverb for your mixes using iZotope Ozone's reverb.
Duration: 5 mins



Creating a Master Mix Reverb



Intermediate

Learn how to create the perfect stereo master bus reverb for all your mixes.
Duration: 11 mins



Creating a Big Studio Reverb a.k.a the Abbey Rd Reverb



Intermediate

This tutorial shows you how to create the famous Abbey Rd Big Studio Reverb for your mix projects.
Duration: 8 mins



Ducking any Frequency using Middle and Side



Intermediate

Advanced technique incorporating M/S (Middle and Side) processing to duck specific frequencies in a mix.
Duration: 7 mins



DIY Mastering using Commercial Mix Profiles



Intermediate

Advanced techniques showing you how you can master your music using commercial mixes as profiles for use with equalisers that offer a Match eq feature. Take a commercial mix, rip the eq profile and use it to master your own music. Very cool!
Duration: 17 mins



MixBus-Transparent Pre Mastering



Intermediate

Samplecraze series of MixBus processing Tutorials: How to create a transparent master!
Duration: 14 mins



MixBus - House Music Pre Mastering



Intermediate

Samplecraze series of MixBus processing tutorials: Create a dynamic House master!
Duration: 19 mins



MixBus - Urban Music Pre Mastering



Intermediate

Samplecraze series of MixBus processing tutorials: Create a dynamic Urban master!
Duration: 13 mins



Layering Reverbs for a Big and Lush Effect



Beginner

How to layer 3 vocal reverbs for the ultimate in warmth and thickness.
Duration: 6 mins



Stealing Transients - Maximising Loudness



Beginner

Old school techniques for removing errant transients to maximise headroom for mastering.
Duration: 6 mins



Avoiding Masking and Summing of frequencies by Panning



Intermediate

Understanding what is panning, masking of frequencies and summing within your DAW!
Duration: 5 mins



MixBus Mastering Equalisation



Intermediate

Learn how to use eq to master your mixes at the mixbus!
Duration: 16 mins



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