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by John_Rogers
Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Ask A Music MIXING Question?
Topic: What's A Good Room Size For My Home Recording Studio?
Replies: 0
Views: 415

What's A Good Room Size For My Home Recording Studio?

Technically, you can properly mix or master in any room size. But, I believe a smaller room is better than a very large one for someone who's just starting out. And when I say smaller I mean closer to 12'x15' than to 20'x30'. I've mixed and mastered songs for a number of years in a 20'x30' room. It...
by John_Rogers
Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Ask An Audio MASTERING Question?
Topic: What Signal Path Do I Use For Mastering?
Replies: 0
Views: 397

What Signal Path Do I Use For Mastering?

Signal path is the order you place the effects processors on the stereo/main out bus. The audio signal goes through each processor in the order of this path. In the setup below, the Standard 5-Band Equalizer is the first process used and the Loudness Maximizer is the final process. I guess there co...
by John_Rogers
Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Ask A Music MIXING Question?
Topic: How To Create Proper Headroom In Your Mixes
Replies: 0
Views: 333

How To Create Proper Headroom In Your Mixes

To create a mix for mastering with proper headroom is pretty simple. In mixing, never let your levels go over 0db on ANY of your individual instrument or vocal tracks. If you do this, 99% of the time you will be under 0 level on the stereo/main out meter, which leaves you some headroom (not necessar...
by John_Rogers
Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Ask A Music MIXING Question?
Topic: Why Does A Mix Need Headroom And Dynamic Range?
Replies: 0
Views: 290

Why Does A Mix Need Headroom And Dynamic Range?

In one sentence, it gives the mastering engineer more room to work with. If I compared a hair stylist to a mastering engineer, hair length would be headroom. If someone came in with 18" of hair, the skies the limit as to how she could style it. But, if they came in with only 1" of hair, her style op...
by John_Rogers
Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Ask An Audio MASTERING Question?
Topic: What Is Dynamic Range In Mastering?
Replies: 0
Views: 338

What Is Dynamic Range In Mastering?

As a song plays, the output meter constantly goes up and down. Dynamic range is the area between the peak level (when the meter is up) and the low level (when the meter is down). Roughly, 3dbs to 6dbs of movement between the high and low meter level is a typical amount of dynamic range, but this doe...
by John_Rogers
Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Ask An Audio MASTERING Question?
Topic: What Is Headroom In Mastering?
Replies: 0
Views: 329

What Is Headroom In Mastering?

Headroom is the distance between an audio tracks peak level (when the meter is at its highest) and 0 level on the output meter. As a song plays, the output meter on the stereo/main out bounces up and down with the music. You can see how high (loud) an audio track peaks by looking at this meter. Any...
by John_Rogers
Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Ask An Audio MASTERING Question?
Topic: Does A Radio Ready Mastering Standard Exist?
Replies: 0
Views: 321

Does A Radio Ready Mastering Standard Exist?

Here's another popular question I see online, always with the wrong answer! "There's no such thing as radio ready mastering!" REALLY? Let me explain how this works. If a record label, after paying them millions, submits a new release to the radio stations and it's very poorly mastered (distorted, o...
by John_Rogers
Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Ask A Music MIXING Question?
Topic: Should Your Mixes Sound Close To A Mastered Song?
Replies: 0
Views: 309

Should Your Mixes Sound Close To A Mastered Song?

This section is basically a tip for those of you working with clients or if you plan on submitting your mixes to a mastering engineer. DEFINATELY 100% NO!! I've actually seen a few sound engineers online say the opposite. They say to make your mix sound as close as possible to a finished master. "Al...
by John_Rogers
Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Ask An Audio MASTERING Question?
Topic: How Long Does It Take to Master A Song?
Replies: 0
Views: 199

How Long Does It Take to Master A Song?

I would say someone just starting out in audio mastering might take an hour to A/B compare a song and replicate it. This time includes reviewing the song on different mediums like a car stereo, headphones, small speakers, etc. As you improve with practice, you can quickly get it down to 30 minutes ...
by John_Rogers
Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Ask An Audio MASTERING Question?
Topic: Can Anyone Become A Great Mastering Engineer?
Replies: 0
Views: 205

Can Anyone Become A Great Mastering Engineer?

I would say YES, most people can become a great mastering engineer. I say this because most of the mixes I receive from clients are pretty good and I know the audio engineer (the band member with a computer) has only minimal training. He could easily be great if he put a little more study and pract...
by John_Rogers
Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Ask An Audio MASTERING Question?
Topic: Why Do Songs Need To Be Mastered?
Replies: 0
Views: 205

Why Do Songs Need To Be Mastered?

I've seen this question on the Internet many times. The answer I always see is "Because all songs on the radio have been professionally mastered, yours should be too." This is a true fact, but not an answer. Yes, your songs need to be mastered because you want them to have the same qualities of a we...
by John_Rogers
Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Ask An Audio MASTERING Question?
Topic: What's The Main Goal In Audio Mastering?
Replies: 0
Views: 198

What's The Main Goal In Audio Mastering?

Your main goal in audio mastering is to replicate the sonic qualities of a well professionally mastered commercial song, in the same genre and style as the song mix you are working on. Yes, everyone has their own slight preference adjustments like a little more bass, brightness, etc., but overall y...
by John_Rogers
Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: Ask An Audio MASTERING Question?
Topic: How Does Audio Mastering Compare To Mixing?
Replies: 0
Views: 212

How Does Audio Mastering Compare To Mixing?

In music mixing, you're "mixing together" multiple audio tracks to create a song. Different tracks like the lead vocal, bass line, guitars, drums, etc. are being combined together. Then proper effects like EQ, reverb, delay are added to each track, along with panning and volume adjustments. In the ...
by John_Rogers
Sat May 20, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Ask A Music MIXING Question?
Topic: Hip Hop Bass Worries
Replies: 1
Views: 449

Re: Hip Hop Bass Worries

Hi Telefunkin! First off, you're right about the 5" speakers. It's impossible to mix/master sub bass using them because you can't hear it! That would be like using a black and white monitor to correct a color video. If you can't see the color, it's impossible to correct it. And using only a meter is...
by John_Rogers
Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Online Mixing And Mastering Services
Topic: Online Mastering By JR Mastering
Replies: 0
Views: 558

Online Mastering By JR Mastering

I'll start this one off!

Hello, my name is John Rogers. Since 1999, I've mastered over 30,000 songs for over 7,500 highly satisfied clients.

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by John_Rogers
Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Best Gear For 2017
Topic: 2017 Best Audio Interfaces For Your DAW Home Recording Studio
Replies: 0
Views: 944

2017 Best Audio Interfaces For Your DAW Home Recording Studio

Looking for the best audio interface for your DAW home recording studio in 2017? An audio interface is another essential part of the DAW home recording studio. Its purpose is to import music or vocals from an outside analog source (such as a microphone or a line-in) and convert it into digital info...
by John_Rogers
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Ask A Music MIXING Question?
Topic: What Is Music Mixing?
Replies: 0
Views: 538

What Is Music Mixing?

http://audioengineer.school/images/mixing.jpg In music mixing, you’re “mixing together” multiple audio tracks to create a song. Different tracks like the lead vocal, bass line, guitars, drums, etc. are being combined together. Then proper effects like EQ, reverb, delay are added to each track, alon...
by John_Rogers
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Ask An Audio MASTERING Question?
Topic: What Is Audio Mastering?
Replies: 0
Views: 518

What Is Audio Mastering?

I've seen a lot of different answers on the Internet to this simple question. Some were pretty technical and confusing. A lot of people think audio mastering is only making all the songs on a CD a comparable volume level. Yes, this is done in mastering, but it's only one of many processes, not the o...
by John_Rogers
Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Upload Your Song MIX For Review
Topic: *PLEASE READ - Rules For Song MIX Review
Replies: 0
Views: 560

*PLEASE READ - Rules For Song MIX Review

Hello! This board opened at the very end of March 2017, so it might take a few weeks to get going. Your participation is greatly appreciated. Here are a few rules and notes for the song mastering review forum - 1. Please review a few song masters already posted (starting from the top), before postin...
by John_Rogers
Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Upload Your Song MASTER For Review
Topic: *PLEASE READ - Rules For Song MASTER Review
Replies: 0
Views: 519

*PLEASE READ - Rules For Song MASTER Review

Hello! This board opened at the very end of March 2017, so it might take a few weeks to get going. Your participation is greatly appreciated. Here are a few rules and notes for the song mastering review forum - 1. Please review a few song masters already posted (starting from the top), before postin...