I’ve been doing a little mastering lately and a thought occurred to me that you should know.
It’s about the subtlety of mastering, and why it’s actually not so subtle at all!
The 1 dB Boost and Cut
We stress the importance of doing subtle boosts and cuts during mastering but if you really think about it, there’s nothing subtle about it.
Have you ever wondered why the 2 dB boost in the high end opens up the mix so much?
Or why the cut in 200 Hz on the master fader seems to clean things up?
It’s only a couple dBs on one track!? Why should it do much?
Because it’s not on one track.
It’s on ALL of them.
A 2 dB boost on the master fader is like going through every single track in your session and adding a 2 dB boost.
No wonder the subtlety of the mastering engineer makes a difference.
So when you’re mastering your next track think of the reason behind the subtlety.
It’s because everything you’re doing on the master fader, whether that’s EQ’ing or compressing, is affecting every single track on your mix.
And when you combine them all into one, the smallest things make a big difference.
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