Mastering is a subject that continues to fascinate and baffle producers across the world in equal measure.
Perhaps its enduring mystique lies in the balance of science and artistry required – it’s a process that is equally about technical tweaks and creative choices. Maybe it’s because, even now that many mastering tools have become readily available in the software realm, it’s still a subject that remains oblique to many musicians.
With our 2019 guide, we’re diving into what mastering involves today. From what you can achieve at home to what you should expect from a professional mastering engineer. Whether you want to try mastering at home, or simply want to understand the mastering stage better, we’ll help get you up to speed.
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Tycho – Grammy-winning American artist Scott Hansen talks new LP Weather
Paranoid London – Acid house and analogue jams with this elusive duo
Konx-Om-Pax – Producer and visual artist Tom Scholefield on his latest album, Ways Of Seeing
The Track: Prospa – The UK duo tell us how their First Choice-sampling, ’80s-inspired house track Intended took form
Classic Album – US club heavyweight Danny Tenaglia talks us through his classic Hard & Soul
Mastering: The 2019 Guide – DIY tactics, pro studio advice, concepts explained and much more
Producer’s Guide – We take a deep dive into Bitwig Studio 3 and The Grid
Modular Monthly – Getting creative with Animal Factory’s Coma Reactor
Behringer VC340 Vocoder
Bitwig Studio 3
KRK Rokit 7 GP4
Roland VT-4 Voice Transformer
Native Instruments Massive X
Fuzzed Up – It’s a double pack of distorted fun this month. First up, this pack stuffed full of guitars, basses and synth arps pushed to the max...
Edge Of Noise – ...followed by a bundle of beats, FX and basses, all making use of a host of pedals and processors for a full-on overdriven sound.
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