audio post-production

  1. C

    What makes an EQ have a 3D sound?

    I often hear people describing the sound of a paramatric EQ having that unique 3D sound. What is that all about?
  2. Mpumelelo von Mumhanzi

    Mastering podcasts

    When you are mastering your own podcasts, your buddies' podcasts, or whatever, make sure you've got an average or integrated loudness of -14 LUFS and you've got your audio software brickwall limiter plug-in ceiling output set at -3 dBFS. It's best to stay within this range when mastering in...
  3. S

    What is the best way to improve mixing and mastering skills?

    Are there shortcuts or a fast-track process of rapidly improving mixing and mastering skills for music? I want to be able to do some gigs on Fiverr for passive income. Any tips and hints?
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    How many digital equalizers are enough?

    I am sorry if this is a real noob question. But the sheer number of digital equalizers is so overwhelming. Is hoarding a natural part of music production? What about if you opt to only use one digital equalizer does that cover all bases in either mixing or mastering?
  5. S

    What is the difference between +4dBu and -10dBV?

    Can you tell me what the difference is between +4dBu and -10dBV?
  6. T

    Is it okay to master in the same project or start a new one

    When you have finished working on a record. Is it best to master the tune in the same project or to render it to a WAV file and then start a separate project session for mastering?
  7. Mpumelelo von Mumhanzi

    What is a soft clipper?

    A soft clipper is a type of audio signal processing effect that limits the amplitude of an input signal. It does this by gradually reducing the level of the source material as it approaches the maximum level that the clipper is set to e.g., 0 dBFS or -1 dBFS. This helps to prevent the audio...
  8. Mpumelelo von Mumhanzi

    How do you use two limiters in mastering?

    The use of two brickwall maximizers in audio mastering is known as double or serial limiting. How you use this technique is you carefully chop off the transients. You set the first mastering limiter's recovery (or release time) to be fast. The second brickwall limiter's recovery time has got to...
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    Is it not counterproductive for audio software developers to make AI tools?

    What is the end game of audio software developers who are keen on improving artificial intelligence-related plugs when that has the potential to replace both mastering and mixing sound engineers? If AI music becomes so good who will buy the plugs?
  10. R

    What are the best frequency crossover cutoff points?

    What are the best frequency crossover cutoff points?
  11. M

    What is better: EQ before compression or vice versa?

    Whether you are recording, mixing, or mastering I am kinda wondering, when should you use parametric EQ before compression and when is it best to use compression before EQ.
  12. Tafadzwa Twabam

    What is the difference between Waves RBass and MaxxBass?

    I know both are bass enhancement plug-ins but what's the underlying difference between Waves Audio Renaissance Bass and MaxxBass? And which one is better between the two, particularly for audio mastering?
  13. Sekuru Dhorofiya

    What is easier to learn: mixing music or audio mastering?

    Hi y'all, the title says it all, doesn't it? Of course, I'd assume both stages can be challenging but I want an overview and that is to say what is easier to learn: music mixing or audio mastering?
  14. Mpumelelo von Mumhanzi

    How to create an automation clip in Image-Line's FL Studio DAW

    The way in which you create an automation clip within Image-Line's FL Studio DAW depends on whether the software plug-in you want to automate is a native or a third-party VST effect or instrument. Step 1: Load a native effect or instrument that comes with FL Studio. For this example, I have...
  15. Mpumelelo von Mumhanzi

    Boxtone explained

    Boxtone, it's sound engineering jargon that describes how some—but not all—analog gear or digital audio software plug-ins (e.g., parametric equalizers, dynamic range compressors, master buss processors, etc) will add unique fairy dust by altering the program material in a pleasurable way (i.e...
  16. Tafadzwa Twabam

    Dual-mono unlinked limiting and stereo wideners?

    Is fully dual-mono unlinked limiting better than using stereo enhancers to achieve a fairly wide sound?
  17. C

    Ghost audio mixing or mastering?

    Everybody and their mama know very well that in the music business there is a practice of singers and rappers using ghostwriters and also record producers who go about utilizing the services offered by some ghost producers. My question is how prevalent is ghost audio mixing or mastering and can...
  18. C

    Should you self-master your own mixes?

    Is there anything wrong with the idea of self-mastering your own mixes or music? Usually, most people, in general, suggest that an extra pair of ears is always necessary. Y'all agree with that?
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    Instant online audio mastering services do they deserve album credits?

    With the presence of instant online audio mastering services and the soon to be widely prevalent online mixing services in the future, suppose an album wins an award e.g. the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album is it okay for that particular audio engineering credit to go to say, for example...
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    What is an octave on FabFilter Software Instruments Pro-Q?

    The title says it all. I am wondering what's the quality factor (bandwidth) to set FabFilter Software Instruments Pro-Q to one octave? Is that Q 1.414 like what most people suggest on YouTube?