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How To Master Your Mixes Punchy and Loud

Today we’re on part two of our mastering session and the final part in our free 10-part step-by-step mixing hip hop series.

I’m stretching the definition of “mastering” pretty thin here because I’m honestly just finalizing the mix on the master bus with master bus processing, and fixing any mix issues as I’m mastering.

This is NON-traditional and I’ll probably get a bunch of flak from old guard curmudgeons who believe you should always bounce out a mix and then master it separately.

There’s definitely a time and place for that, ESPECIALLY if you’re using a separate mastering engineer. But if you’re regularly releasing singles and doing all the production yourself, it’s simply easier to have instant access to the mix in the same session as you’re finalizing your record with mastering plug-ins.

And since I’m first and foremost a teacher, doing it this way is hopefully more educational to you as you work on your own mixes and productions.

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Please leave a comment on the final video here and tell me what you liked/disliked, and what kind of songs you would like to see me tackle next.

Thanks for watching and have a great weekend!



I was recently interviewed on the Electronic Dance Money podcast about my latest book, You Get What You GiveTake a listen to the interview here.


Remember that Chris Selim’s Ultimate Cubase Mixing Masterclass is only open and discounted for a couple more days, so if you’re a Cubase user and want to learn from the master himself, the Ultimate Cubase Mixing Masterclass is the way to go.

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