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Mastering in Studio One 3 Artist & Prime

This video goes through how to Master a song if you don't have Studio One Professional. This is for S1 Artist and S1 Prime users.

Posted by Johnny Geib on July 11, 2016 at 12:45 AM 3656 Views

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Reply Martin Weeks
8:52 PM on April 28, 2017 
I do kind of a combination of different techniques for the purpose of making the actual track mix (raw tracks) as close to perfect before mastering or adding limiters. BUT... I do a lot of ab comparison. (things you don't always agree with Johnny) I will alternate between listening in mono and stereo during the mixing process to check myself and the crappy speakers I have to use. I also do some top down mixing and some old school. Again for comparison purposes only. So I will put a limiter in the master bus and turn it on and off as I go. Mostly to help me fine tune the gain staging of the actual tracks. The goal or end result is for the mix (before limiting or any type of mastering stuff) is as close to minus 3 db.
Then when I satisfied that I've got the balance I want...then I will start doing other things like possibly a submix bus where I will use EQ and/or compression. (more often no EQ in submix bus, just compression, than EQ in the master and limiter in post.
Lately I've been experimenting with the TDR Nova Dynamic EQ as it is a combination of EQ and Compression. Works similiar to the Fab Filter EQ but it's free so there!! Ha Ha!
By using this Nova Plug in, I can do a lot of mid side comparrison as well as using the compressor section of the Nova to duck or reduce certain frequencies at "hot Spots" but in a more fluid and musical manner. For instance, most of the song might require a strong punchy bass and kick interaction, but at key spots where say the sax or the guitar need to jump out at you (arrangement purposes) I may want that small section of bass and kick to reduce just slightly (not squash!) to allow for more of the other instruments to shine. Not real good at it yet, but I can see where I'm trying to go with this.
Just some thoughts on the video here. Really good. As far as version one or version two, I liked the mix with mastering done in the actual mix project...it does seem a bit more sparkly.
The second master done to the rendered twe track was more beefy but to my ears sounded a bit more standard commercial. And lately I ain't been really impressed with traditional "Record Label" way of thinking about publishing music. (I've always been a kind of outlaw in that respect.) I have this attitude as twenty years back I was playing music that didn't have mass appeal but seems to now be very popular. So perhaps I was right back then and folks just weren't hearing it because they were so into the whole midi perfect sound techno thing. I don't know. But now they like vinyl all over again. (they are called records man!! :-P )
Reply Martin Weeks
1:01 AM on August 9, 2016 
Actually, due to limited CPU and ram, I've had to resort to bouncing tracks a lot as after about five tracks, a couple of buses, and some processing, my laptop crashes. So I've been actually doing the "Song Mastering" process prior to adding in vocals. Trying to get the instrumental mix as clean and crisp as possible. I know when I add in the vocals the transients an dynamics will affect the eq of the instrumentals so much effort in the initial instrumental mixes.
Then, after adding in vocals again, do the same type of mastering process, bounce down to stereo two track and add one final mastering.
Question regarding when setting up a song for CD. Can I use automation and the "Inspector" when I'm placing multiple songs into one single Stereo file? For the purpose of keeping the over all "Level" of the songs in the CD even in "Perceived Loudness/Volume"?