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


Brickwall Limiting screen shows cubase's brickwall limiter plugin

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


Multiband Compression - what is it and how do you use it screen shows the fabfilter pro mb multiband compressor plugin

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


Compression - What is it and how do you use it screen shows the ssl g compressor plugin

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


Compressor Types - FET , Opto, VCA and Vari-Mu screen shows the slate vari mu compressor plugin

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


Side-chain Expansion - Bass and Kick processing screen shows the fabfilter pro mb multiband compressor plugin

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


Compressor Types - FET , Opto, VCA and Vari-Mu screen shows the slate vari mu compressor plugin

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


Transparent Brickwall Limiting screen shows the aom invisible limiter plugin

Intermediate

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



Transparent Limiting with a Compressor


Transparent Limiting with a Compressor screen shows acustica audio pink compressor plugin

Beginner

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



Cubase Balanced Panner versus Combined Panner


Cubase Balanced Panner versus Combined Panner screen shows a diagnram of the various pan modes

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


Band Pass Equalisation - cleaning audio channels screen shows the tdr nova ge equaliser plugin

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


mixing to pink noise a screen showing how it works

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


Gain Staging using True Peak Meters screen shows an image of a lufs meter

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


Gain Staging using VU Meters screen shows a vintage vu meter

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


metering explained screen showing an old vu meter

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


ISP - Intersample Peaks screen shows the fabfliter l2 limiter plugin

Intermediate

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



DIY Mastering using Pink Noise


DIY Mastering using Pink Noise screen shows the voxengo span frequency analyser plugin

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


the pan law screen showing how the pan law works

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


Summing in a Mix within your DAW screen shows the cubase main mixer page

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....


metering explained screen showing an old vu meter

Advanced

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



Cubase Meter - Customising


cubase meter screen showing the cubase meter

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


Valves/Tubes - what are they and how do they work screen shows the nomad valve plugin

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


Tape Saturation - what is it and how do you use it screen shows the tonebooster reelbus tape plugin

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


phase screen showing the behaviour of sinusoidal motion

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


Normalisation - What it is and how to use it screen showing Soundforge's normalisation process

Beginner

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



Working the Air Band with Equalisation


Working the Air Band with Equalisation screen shows the fabfilter pro q2 eq plugin

Intermediate

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



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


Eq Filters and Slopes/Responses screen shows the sll x equaliser plugin

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


Dynamic EQ - what is it and how do you use it screen shows the tdr nova ge dynamic eq plugin

Intermediate

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



Eq Filters and Slopes/Responses


Eq Filters and Slopes/Responses screen shows the sll x equaliser plugin

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


linear phase versus minimum phase screen displaying an eq response

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


Mastering Demos with EQ screen shows the tdr nova ge dynamic eq plugin

Advanced

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



Mastering EQ - Air Band Processing


Mastering EQ - Air Band Processing screen shows the fabfilter pro q2 equaliser plugin

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


Creating a Big Studio Reverb a.k.a the Abbey Rd Reverb screen shows fabfilter pro r reverb plugin

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


Reverb smoothing using a De-Esser screen shows the melda reverb plugin

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


Reverb - manipulating distance using Proximity screen shows the proximity plugin

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


Reverb Effect - what is it and how does it work screen showing ozone 5 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


Creating a Big Studio Reverb a.k.a the Abbey Rd Reverb screen shows fabfilter pro r reverb plugin

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


Creating a Big Studio Reverb a.k.a the Abbey Rd Reverb screen shows fabfilter pro r reverb plugin

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


Ducking any Frequency using Middle and Side screen shows voxengo's m/s plugin

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


DIY Mastering using Commercial Mix Profiles screen shos fabfilter's pro q2 equaliser

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


MixBus-Transparent Pre Mastering screen shows the psp master buss compressor plugin

Intermediate

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



MixBus - House Music Pre Mastering


MixBus - House Pre Mastering screen shows the tdr slick eq plugin

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


Layering Reverbs for a Big and Lush Effect screen showing cubase's reverb plugin

Beginner

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



Stealing Transients - Maximising Loudness


Stealing Transients - Maximising Loudness screen shows the gclip clipper plugin

Beginner

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



Avoiding Masking and Summing of frequencies by Panning


Avoiding Masking and Summing of frequencies by Panning screen shows the cubase panner

Intermediate

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



MixBus Mastering Equalisation


MixBus Mastering Equalisation screen shows the acustica audio mea2 equaliser plugin

Intermediate

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



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