Mastering a Song in a Home Studio
In the post before this, you can find a whole video series, where I’m mixing a song from start to finish. The next logical step is to master the song. Can you do mastering in your small home studio? Do you even need mastering? What happens in mastering anyway? Can you do it in the same session where you mixed the song? You’re about to find out. Watch the video “Mastering a Song in a Home Studio”:
I have made a post about mastering in a home studio before. In the post I’m going through questions like “Do you need to get your songs mastered by a professional mastering engineer or can you do it by yourself? Do your songs even need to be mastered? Can you use online services or the “mastering robots” to master your songs? Can I master my song during the mixing process?”. You can find the answers to all of these questions in that post.
In the video I’m mastering the song I mixed in the video series “Mixing an Entire Song from Start to Finish”. By watching that video series before this one – you can see the whole process from raw tracks to all the way to mastering.
Mastering has two main jobs: Tonal adjustment and lifting up the volume. Tonal adjustment basically means EQ:ing the mix as a whole, whereas lifting up the volume is done by using a limiter. Watch the video to see how to actually do it.
Hopefully you found this post helpful. If there’s anything you want me to cover in the future videos let me know. Send me an email or leave a comment below. Ask if there’s anything unclear or if I left something out. Cheers!