Mastering Guide v2.0

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The original version of my mastering guide was by far the most downloaded and shared production guide I’ve ever written, even though it was primarily geared towards “beginner” musicians. As time went on and I began doing mastering as a full-time profession however, it also raised a lot of questions from more advanced users.  So I figured it was time to update it and provide some clarifications, as well as cover some new ideas in places.  I hope that this new version will be as useful as the original, and that musicians and producers of all skill levels will continue to benefit from it.

 

http://tarekith.com/assets/mastering.html

Of course, some people have always found it odd that someone who does mastering full-time as their main source of income would be offering a free guide on how to master your own music!  Without a doubt, I still think that professional mastering is the best option when it comes to creating a great sounding finished product.  Especially in this day and age where most people work alone on their songs from start to finish.  It’s still by far the most economical way to get advice and help from someone with more experience, as well as a dedicated listening enviroment, who can really take things to the next level to bring out the best in your music.

But I also remember being a starving student myself, and I know there’s a lot of people out there who just can’t afford to go that route (or have other reasons to want to go it alone).  My hope is that guides like this will help dispel some of the common myths about self-mastering your own music, and perhaps in some small way lead to a lot of music sounding better as a result.

My reasons are selfish you see, I just can’t stand to hear incredible tracks ruined by people over-processing things when they “master” it themselves :)

Peace and beats,
Tarekith

  1. Bobby B.10-24-2011

    Tarekith – thanks for this info.

    I agree that professional mastering is the best way to go. When I finish a track that I feel is worth spending the money on I like sending them off to you for a full mixdown and master. This way the the demo sounds high quality and stands out when I send it to a big label. When it comes to music production sometimes I just have to be willing to spend the dough (if I have it) in order to get ahead.

    There are many instances though when it would be useful to do some basic mastering on my own… like if I want to put an original production into a DJ mix, give demos to local DJ’s to test out at the club, or even to fill out an EP I am releasing.

    Looking forward to checking the new guide out…

    – Bobby

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