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Mastering: How To Make A Song Louder In Mastering – And The Price You Pay

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Mastering: How To Make A Song Louder In Mastering – And The Price You Pay
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Make a song loud using mastering compression, EQ and limiting – a video tutorial.

If you’re interested in the multiband compression eBook, there are more details here:

– and the plugins I’m using are by MeldaProduction

The metering plugin I’m using is the TT Dynamic Range Meter – for more info, click here:

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33 thoughts on “Mastering: How To Make A Song Louder In Mastering – And The Price You Pay”

  1. haha the commercial one is a good example of a loud but dead track lol
    Brendan’s track sounds so much better – warm and juicy. tweaking it with eq
    and +3db already does it

  2. Screw this video. This is the reason why music nowadays sounds awful. Why
    can’t today’s music be more dynamic and clean like the CD’s back in the
    80’s? Today, it’s all muddy and too loud. 

  3. You idiot, Ian was asked how to get the track to sound like the other one.
    He clearly states that more dynamic range is better. Watch the video before
    you say something stupid next time.

  4. The commercial track sounds like something recorded off the radio…..BLAH,
    I gotta puke!!!!

  5. Ian, If it was me… after the changes you had made – I would have started
    looking for a high frequency area to boost to get a comparable brightness
    to the commercial track. This boost would be dynamically “flattened” by the
    compressor, but wouldn’t it get that top end overkill sound that the
    commercial track has?

    Did you consider this? If I am wrong, which is more than likely, why not?

    John B

  6. Thanks Ian this was revelation, I find these over-loud track quite nasty to
    listen to, with little contrast in the dynamic range- to the point where
    it’s actually just boring. Give me what you did with Brendan’s track any
    day.

  7. Omg… The louder version gives me a HEADACHE!!!…Fuck the record
    companies for destroying all the music.

  8. Not sure how I came across this video, maybe because my cookies told
    youtube i was a mastering engineer. I recently discovered a couple ways to
    get super transparent loudness (OTB, not ITB) and I am interested in how
    others are doing so I had to watch the video. I have to say Ian, your
    recommendation at the end to set out with a loud track was very good
    advice. I will add that you didn’t listen to sides and compare sum and
    difference. You will see the commercial track is getting its apparent
    loudness from the sides and stereo, where the track you are working on has
    no stereo information really. The mix should have some production that put
    synths high and wide in the mix. It really is only a bass and drums in
    mono. Not much you can do when there is no m/s to work with. Btw the
    commercial track is the worst example the producer could use as reference.
    Cheers

  9. i know the guy that sent in the demo isn’t watching but i would say the
    person who did the commercial mix uses Audition because i’ve only seen both
    stereo channels fade out like that with audition so i would also say the
    commercial mix uses the mastering tools available with audition therefore
    to get that effect use audition but i could be wrong.

  10. Is it possible to do this inside FL Studio, too? My tracks mostly sound too
    low-end heavy and too dull. I want to get this wide open sound, too. So,
    maybe you could give me some tips…

  11. im good ar producing. and mixdowns u can check the beats on my channel..
    but when it comes to an overl master im shit because i just do what i feel
    maked it louder… and i just rag the whole tune into the red and it
    compresses it and make it sound louder and more punchy… i make grime and
    garage music so even when im making a tune i rag a bass into the red to
    saturate it and then bounce it and play it lower level with the same grit.
    i need to learn how to master properly but stil having the same energy.

  12. Not my kind of music at all. The louder one was really annoying. I had a
    neighbor that would listen to this kind of music while she was eating
    breakfast in the morning. I never understood the appeal. It makes me tense.
    I use music to relax or to get me pumped up, not to make me feel like I’m
    losing my shit. Even at a dance club, I’d rather hear a song with vocals.

  13. Music with high dynamic range is Tickling for the ears…You want to listen
    to it again cause we like Tickling…Low Dynamics and high Levels is like
    Scratching with hi intensity.. now as humans(Engineers) we decide if we
    wanna Tickle peoples ear drums….or Scratch it hard…. 🙂 I look at it
    like the 0db is the ear drum…and the peaks are the scratchy high
    intensity blows…once in a while the peaks make it interesting…but the
    ear drum (0db) will be irritated if i do it constantly and also increase
    the lower blows (Average Level) to the ear…my brain is gonna avoid such
    damage to the ear drums naturally by not playing that song again…

  14. Wow. Although the processes have gone to extremes for this track; you’ve
    given a great indicator of how to increase loudness to lesser extents. Very
    useful and informative. Thanks.

  15. I’m really amazed that you’re ready to do quite the opposite of what you
    stand for (dynamic music over the hypercompressed radio standards) to help
    people !
    I mean this as a compliment ! Thanks Ian !

  16. The question is if every track you are playing is loud you want you’re
    tracks just as loud as the others otherwise the gain on the mixer will
    constantly be going up and down..

  17. Lets all keep commenting on a vid from 2011 that doesn’t even help you
    compete with commercial garbage music.

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