There’s an often repeated cliche that mastering is a kind of ‘dark art’ – a deep and impenetrable science that is beyond the capabilities of mere mortals. However, given the amount of tutorials, courses and mass-market plugins out there, all designed to tackle the mastering process, this is clearly nonsense.
That’s not to say that the process doesn’t require a fair amount of skill and expertise, but given the power of modern DAWs and plugins, these are now techniques that even the most cash-strapped producer can get to grips with at home. In this issue’s cover feature, we’ll introduce you to the tools, theory and essential skills you’ll need to get to grips with mastering in your DAW.
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Steve Bug & Langenburg – A meeting of minds, as the techno supremo tells us more about his longtime-coming collaboration with German house don Langenburg
Tom Demac – The Welsh-born producer serves up his latest genre defying slice of club music; FM investigates…
Thomas Schumacher – The German DJ/producer gives us a glimpse at his studio and tells all about his Natural Rhythm EP series
The Track: Mr Virgo – The grime beatmaker breaks down the creation of Wiley’s Holy Grime
Classic Album – Riva Starr on his acclaimed debut LP If Life Gives You Lemons...
Pro-level mastering in your DAW – A comprehensive guide on how to go it alone from pre-masters to the finished product
Producer’s Guide – We dig into the highlights of Ableton Live 10
Modular Monthly – Ring modulation with the AJH Synth Ring SM
Toolkit – Parallel compression is a must know technique; we show you how it works
Arturia MiniBrute 2/2S
Steinberg Cubase 9.5
Focal Shape monitors
Erica Synths Acidbox III
Arturia V Collection 5
Moog Loops and Hits – Basslines, grooves and hits with that raspy Ladder filter edge.
Experimental Breaks – Drum loops and hits pushed into the future with creative processing.
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