How To MASTER Your Own Songs!

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How To MASTER Your Own Songs!
Mastering your own music is essential to finalize your recording to maximize its loudness, enhance its stereo field, idealize the frequency balance and finish it in its target format.

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This tutorial walks you through the tips and tricks you need to know to master your own music and get the most out of the song you’ve recorded and mixed.

You’ll learn: compression, equalization, de-essing, saturation, limiting and k-metering as it relates to mastering music.

Demonstrated using Fab-Filter’s Pro-C (compressor), Pro-Q (EQ), Pro-DS (de-esser), Saturn (saturator) and Pro-L (limiter).
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40 thoughts on “How To MASTER Your Own Songs!”

  1. Holly crap this is amazing! Didn’t even knew you can e.q the sides and mid
    (mono) signal and had Pro q 2 all this time.. -_- thanks a bunch!

  2. Thank you for the amazing tutorial, mastering jungle can be a real mess!
    You, deserve many many more views!
    Keep it up mate!

  3. Great video Saher! One of the few that i’ve liked on mastering! Brilliant
    job!

  4. Thanx for your excellent explanation. And please : where do these nice
    strings come from ? Which song ? Thanx so much.

  5. i am so thankful for your tutorials. i followed your guidelines and suited
    them to my taste and what difference!! it was night and day. thanks, and
    keep up the great work!

  6. I don`t understand using De-esser on mastering. If there are some
    sibillance stuff then it should be on those tracks during mixing. And if I
    want to control some frequencies during mastering, I would go with dynamic
    EQ. Useful, though, thanks.
    BTW, I heard that dithering is mostly used when rendering from 24 to 16
    bits, why do they provide a 24 bit option as well?

  7. what is the best ceiling on a limiter for mp3 and wav. plus for sites like
    sound cloud, and ITunes that compress the file even more so. what would be
    the best one? -1 db? -0.1 db? -0.3 db? -0.5db? I don’t know which one to
    use? because everyone recommends an other ceiling

  8. Your videos are simple to understand and straight to the point. It’s
    conceptually very clear 🙂 .

  9. Hi, why are you recording at 24bits if you’re going to export at 16bits?
    Same as with sample rate, why are you recording at 96khz if you’re going to
    export at 44.1khz? Wouldn’t it be more simple to just record at
    16bits/44.1khz directly?

    Also, if you would release a song in the highest quality possible, would
    you record at 32bits or still at 24, and would you increase the sample rate
    as well, and why?

  10. I don’t know if this is really your area of expertise but do you know what
    sort of equipment would be good for an orchestral/hip-hop music style

  11. Hey dude,what format of audio did i use for mastering? wav,ogg or something
    else?

  12. Thanks for taking the time to create a very well video for mastering and
    mixing. This is by far the best one I have seen. I use Ableton, but I can
    still apply these ideas to it. Thanks!

  13. For normalizing and compression – YES. But eq – forget it. Unless you have
    very detailed and full range monitors (20hz-20khz) you can not master your
    own music. You can’t master what you can’t hear.

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